“I got to see first hand the strength, passion and wisdom of this highly respected political leader,” Trump said in the tweet. “His work and voice on so many fronts will be very hard, if not impossible, to replace!”
The Republican president and the Democratic congressman frequently clashed over the years on policies, subpoenas and social media posts.
Cummings became a national figure in 2019 as chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, which is among three panels leading the impeachment inquiry of Trump.
With Democrats earning the House majority following the 2018 election, Cummings had the ability as chairman to demand documents related to Trump’s personal finances and policies, as well as possible abuses at federal agencies in the Trump administration.
Later that month, Trump aimed harsh words at Cummings on Twitter after the congressman criticized the president for what he described as conditions at the border detention centers in which children were left to defecate on themselves and did not have access to a shower.
Cummings said he had just a single one-on-one conversation with the president. It was in 2017 when both were working on plans to lower drug prices.
Cummings said he then told Trump that “we don’t need to be doing mean things. We don’t need to be just representing 30-something percent of the people that like us. You need to represent all the people.”