“I encourage everyone to advance smart policy and/or support organizations that uplift the great people of ‘Charm City,’ ” she added.
A White House official did not respond to CNN’s inquiry, which came hours before her tweets, on whether Ivanka Trump had advised her father on the matter.
Following that February 2017 discussion with small business owners and entrepreneurs, Trump repeatedly talked about one panelist, Lisa Phillips, a once-homeless woman who launched a gift basket business in Baltimore and now mentors other entrepreneurs. Phillips’ story, Trump said during a panel discussion in May 2017, “really resonated with me very personally.”
Phillips, who visited the White House and met with the President that year, tweeted her support on Monday for Cummings.
“Simply the best @RepCummings. I have a college graduate because of Congressmen Cummings. His office provided parents with a packet of resources. She was fully funded and graduated,” she tweeted alongside a photo of herself with Cummings, captioned, “My hero.”
The National Urban League also tweeted support for Cummings, as well as the Rev. Al Sharpton, whom Trump also attacked.