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UBC president voices support for Baltimore as Trump disparages city on Twitter

Last Updated Jul 28, 2019 at 9:50 am PDT

FILE - Dr. Santa Ono poses for a portrait following an event at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, June, 13, 2016. Dr. Ono was named the university's 15th President and Vice Chancellor.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Summary

Ono says he understands Baltimore has its challenges, but that these are shared by many cities in the United States

Trump has been disparaging Rep. Elijah Cummings and the city of Baltimore on Twitter

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – As U.S. President Donald Trump steps up his attack on Baltimore and one of its congressmen, the city and its people are getting support from a prominent Vancouverite.

University of British Columbia President Santa Ono grew up and worked in Baltimore and says the city has much to be proud of.

“It’s a place that means a lot to me. It’s a place that ‘The Star-Spangled Banner,’ the national anthem in the United States, was written, at Fort McHenry. There’s also extraordinary impact on what is the United States of America,” he says.

Trump has been disparaging Rep. Elijah Cummings, an influential black American congressman and his largely African-American district, which includes Baltimore, on Twitter.

Cummings is also the House Oversight Committee chairman, and at a hearing last week accused a top administration official of wrongly calling reports of filthy, overcrowded border facilities “unsubstantiated.”

Trump struck back with a personal attack on Cummings and his district, calling it a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess.”

Ono says he understands Baltimore has its challenges, but that these are shared by many cities in the United States and in Canada.

“It’s a city that matters quite a bit to me. It’s actually a pretty big district, and it has a lot to be proud of,” Ono says, adding his support is for the city and its people and is not meant to be a political statement.

“It’s important that we all rally around as individuals that live in these cities, to be supportive of individuals that are trying to address those issues.”

With files from The Associated Press.