Trump’s social media attack was apparently in response to criticism of migrant handling [Leah Millis/Reuters]

US President Donald Trump was hit with new accusations of racism on Saturday after he attacked a prominent African American congressman and branded the majority-black city of Baltimore an “infested mess”.

Trump’s outburst came in a series of sharply worded tweets aimed at Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings – a high-profile critic of Trump’s administration whose district covers much of Baltimore.

“Cummings District is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess,” the president wrote, calling it “the worst run and most dangerous anywhere in the United States“.

“No human being would want to live there,” he said – in an attack ostensibly provoked by Cummings’s criticism of the harsh

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