President Trump Cancels Baltimore Meeting On Underserved Neighborhoods With Black Pastor Due To 'Scheduling'
No word on the visit's new date.
December 11, 2018 at 11:33 pm
President Donald Trump was scheduled to go to Baltimore on Wednesday but canceled the trip suddenly.
Trump was supposed to meet with local pastor Reverend Donte Hickman and other community leaders to discuss plans to revitalize underserved neighborhoods in the city, according to The Baltimore Sun. Hickman said Trump intended to sign an executive order regarding investment into so-called “opportunity zones" in cities across the U.S. after their meeting.
The Washington Post reports Hickman received the news on Monday morning from Jared Kushner, Trump’s advisor and son-in-law.
The reverend said he was told the White House had to pull out of the meeting because “they wanted to stay closer to home for the rollout of the executive order” following the news John Kelly, Trump’s chief of staff, would be leaving his post by the end of this year. He hopes to have the meeting sometime in 2019.
White House spokesman Judd Deere blamed the cancellation on "scheduling."
Hickman, the pastor of Southern Baptist Church, hoped the meeting would help expedite funding for projects aimed at assisting the poorest citizens of the Maryland city. Along with a group of other pastors, Hickman has worked on many community projects, including rebuilding a senior center destroyed during the Freddie Gray protests.
The reverend said he and his team have "several shovel-ready projects" that need funding; he'd hoped the president's visit would help raise money for them.
“The way I see it, the dollars are not partisan; they are public,” Hickman said. “We are focused on what is necessary for our community. People ask, why with President Trump? My response is, poor people in poor communities can’t wait.”
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