NEW YORK (AP) — Celebrity real estate developer Donald Trump is blaming President Barack Obama for the unrest in Baltimore.
Trump, a frequent Obama critic, ripped the president on Twitter early Tuesday.
He wrote: "Our great African American president hasn't exactly had a positive impact on the thugs who are happily and openly destroying Baltimore."
Trump also criticized the Baltimore police and the city's mayor.
Riots erupted in the Maryland city Monday after the funeral of Freddie Gray. The unarmed man died after suffering a spinal cord injury while in police custody.
Trump has frequently hinted at running for president and is doing so again this year.
He has never followed through with an actual candidacy.
A request to Trump for comment was not immediately returned.
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Wow, 15 policemen hurt in Baltimore, some badly! Where is the National Guard. Police must get tough, and fast! Thugs must be stopped.
Blatant and rampant property destruction in Baltimore as the police stand by and watch. Should be a lesson on how NOT to handle riots. SAD!
Our great African American President hasn't exactly had a positive impact on the thugs who are so happily and openly destroying Baltimore!
Now that the ineffective Baltimore Police have allowed the city to be destroyed, are the U.S. taxpayers expected to rebuild it (again)?
The Mayor of Baltimore said she wanted to give the rioters "space to destroy" - another real genius!
Our country has to come together. We have to start working with, and really liking, each other. The whole world is watching Baltimore.
President Obama, you have a big job to do. Go to Baltimore and bring both sides together. With proper leadership, it can be done! Do it.