Watch CBS News

White House Tweets Baltimore's Murder Rate Is Higher Than Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The White House's official Twitter account has joined in the Baltimore-Trump Twitter tirade.

The White House tweeted that the murder rate in Baltimore is higher than that of three Central American countries that they claim are driving the nation's border surge.

The countries they claim have lower murder rates than Baltimore are Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

"Democrats have run Baltimore for five decades," The White House tweeted. "It's time for accountability."

President Donald Trump also criticized Baltimore at his rally in Cincinnati on Thursday.

"The homicide rate in Baltimore is significantly higher than El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala. I believe it's higher than, give me a place that you think is pretty bad, give me a place," Trump said at his rally.

WJZ FACT CHECK: Is Baltimore's Murder Rate Higher Than Central American Countries'?

The president repeated the claim while talking to reporters at the White House Thursday afternoon.

The Trump administration's comments are the latest in a series of comments against Baltimore and Rep. Elijah Cummings.

MORE COVERAGE: Trump lashes out at Baltimore on Twitter

President Trump began his Twitter tirade on Saturday and throughout the weekend continued criticizing the city, calling it "rat and rodent-infested"

View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.