Politics: 'Will be very hard, if not impossible, to replace!': Trump reacts to death of Elijah Cummings

Rep. Elijah Cummings, Democratic leader and regular Trump target, dies at 68

  Rep. Elijah Cummings, Democratic leader and regular Trump target, dies at 68 Rep. Elijah Cummings chaired the powerful House Oversight and Reform Committee and helped lead the House impeachment inquiry into President Trump.After undergoing an unspecified medical procedure, the Democratic leader did not return to his office this week, the Baltimore Sun reported. A statement from his office said that he had passed away due to “complications concerning longstanding health challenges.

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President Trump addressed the death of political rival Rep. Elijah Cummings, calling him “highly respected.”

In a Thursday morning tweet, Trump offered condolences to the family of the Maryland Democrat who died at the age of 68.

“My warmest condolences to the family and many friends of Congressman Elijah Cummings. I got to see first hand the strength, passion and wisdom of this highly respected political leader. His work and voice on so many fronts will be very hard, if not impossible, to replace!” Trump said.

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle mourn Cummings

  Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle mourn Cummings Congressional Democrats and Republicans are taking to social media to share their condolences.Congressman Elijah Cummings speaks at the grand opening of the McCullough Street Nature Play Space in West Baltimore on Aug. 3. Cummings had invited President Donald Trump and other Americans to Baltimore, taking the high road after a barrage of presidential tweets disparaging the black-majority city and its long-serving Democratic congressman.

Trump sparred with Cummings earlier this year after he called the Baltimore district that he represented a “rodent-infested mess” where “no human being would want to live.”

Cummings was chairman of the House Oversight Committee, one of the key committees taking part in the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry into Trump.

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Mourners pay respects to Cummings during wake before funeral .
he body of congressman and civil rights champion Elijah Cummings returned Friday to the church where he worshipped in his beloved Baltimore for a final farewell. Former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton are among the scheduled speakers for the funeral Friday at New Psalmist Baptist Church, where Cummings worshipped for nearly four decades. His bishop, Walter S. Thomas Jr., will deliver the eulogy.Cummings' flag-draped casket arrived at the church shortly after 6 a.m.

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