Baltimore Mayor Bernard Young spoke with MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle Monday morning to react to comments from President Trump characterizing the city as one of the worst-run places in the U.S.
"We are a city that has problems like any other city, but we are moving forward," Mayor Young said. "My message to the president is, stop tweeting and send federal help and federal resources to the city of Baltimore. Not just to the city of Baltimore, to urban cities around the country that are having problems with aging infrastructure, with crime and grime, and reduction in resources from the federal government."
Baltimore, under the leadership of Elijah Cummings, has the worst Crime Statistics in the Nation. 25 years of all talk, no action! So tired of listening to the same old Bull...Next, Reverend Al will show up to complain & protest. Nothing will get done for the people in need. Sad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2019
"Instead of us going back and forth on how bad American cities are, particularly Baltimore, tell me what you want to do to help us fix these problems," the Baltimore mayor said.
STEPHANIE RUHLE, MSNBC HOST: Mayor Young, President Trump clearly has sent a message to the city of Baltimore. What's your message to him?
MAYOR BERNARD YOUNG, BALTIMORE: My message to the president is, stop tweeting and send federal help and federal resources to the city of Baltimore. Not just to the city of Baltimore, to urban cities around the country that are having problems with aging infrastructure, with crime and grime, and reduction in resources from the federal government. We have an unfunded EPA mandate to fix our aging infrastructure which causes us to raise water rates on our vulnerable, poor people in the city of Baltimore.
Stop tweeting and send us the help that we need.
RUHLE: So help me understand that. The president's attack on Baltimore this weekend was not met with any new proposals for federal solutions to your problems?
YOUNG: None. Not one. I have not heard from the president. Normally when a new mayor comes into office, whether it's through a mayor resigning or whatever, they will get a letter from the president congratulating them and offering to meet with them to find out what their priorities are. I haven't received anything and he's right down the road.
RUHLE: Well, get specific with me, please. Have you seen the reverse? Have proposed or already enacted federal spending cuts hurt your city?
YOUNG: Yes, they have.
YOUNG: In our health department, in our SNAP program that he's talking about cutting even further. The money that we needed for our tunnel upgrades. We wanted $215 million. He sent us $115 million, $100 million short.
I mean -- I mean not just Baltimore, cities around this country, their federal funding has been cut by this president, who claimed when he got in office he wants to make America great again. What he's doing is dividing America racially.
RUHLE: Well, what if he offers you a solution? What if he picks up the phone today --
YOUNG: If he picks up the phone --
RUHLE: And says, mayor, I've got a -- I've got a marshal plan to solve the problems that are plaguing our poorest cities. Can you work with him?
YOUNG: I would welcome that. I would welcome that because instead of us going back and forth on how bad American cities are, particularly Baltimore, tell me what you want to do to help us fix these problems.
RUHLE: Take me out of politics, take me out of political strategy and the 2020 election. Help us understand, what's the real world impact of President Trump's repeated racist tweeting?
YOUNG: It's has -- it has divided this country. He has alienated our allies around the world. Instead of him using his bully pulpit to belittle minorities, policies have to be in it. He just attacked four minority women. Now he attacked Elijah Cummings, an African-American male. We should be trying to make America great again, as he said, instead of turn America down racially dividing this country.
The federal government has resources that they can give cities to help with all these problems. The crime rate goes down. You know, cities will be vibrant again. He needs to do those kinds of things, you know?
RUHLE: Well, tell me what your city looks like, because on day one of this administration, the president talked about what he called American carnage, high crime, failing schools, and racial tensions. You are the mayor of a major American city. Tell us what Baltimore really looks like.
YOUNG: Baltimore is a vibrant city. Baltimore is home to some of the world's renowned institutions, John Hopkins, Shock Trauma. We have all of our cultural events right here in Baltimore.
We are a city that has problems like any other city, but we are moving forward. And we're moving forward without really a lot of assistance from the federal government. I mean, you know, HUD, you know, they're cutting programs that are hurting poor people all over this country. Not just in Baltimore. But over the -- in the entire country.
We need for the president to send federal help to Baltimore for programs that's going to uplift people instead of tearing people down.
RUHLE: Well --
YOUNG: And those attacks and those tweets, I've never in my entire life ever heard of any president tweeting and doing these kind of things that divide us, instead of bringing us all together. We -- like I said earlier, our allies are even shaken by some of the things that this president is doing and has done.
RUHLE: You're right, mayor. It has never been done before. So maybe this is an opportunity for people across this country to unite.
Mayor, thank you so much for joining me this morning. I appreciate it.