BALTIMORE (AP) mdash Davon Jones doesn#8217t have to look far to see the irony in President Donald Trump#8217s tweets that Baltimore is a #8220rat and rodent infested mess.#8221 His apartment owned by the president#8217s son-in-law has been invaded by mice since he moved in a year ago. #8220I don#8217t know how they come in,#8221 Jones says. #8220Every time I catch them, they come right back.#8221
Jared Kushner#8217s family real estate firm owns thousands of apartments and townhomes in the Baltimore area, and some have been criticized for the same kind of disrepair and neglect that the president has accused local leaders of failing to address. Residents have complained about mold, bedbugs, leaks and, yes, mice mdash plenty of mice. And they say management appears in no hurry to fix the problems.
#8220They don#8217t care,#8221 says Dezmond James, who says he has spotted as many as three mice a week since he moved in to the Commons at White Marsh in suburban Middle River four years ago.Mice droppings are seen near a mouse trap and a glue trap in the kitchen of Davon Jones' residence at the Commons at White Marsh apartments, Tuesday, July 30, 2019, in Baltimore. The apartment complex is owned by Jared Kushner, son-in-law of President Donald Trump, who days earlier vilified Congressman Elijah Cummings' majority-black Baltimore district as a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess" where "no human being would want to live." Julio Cortez—AP
James says he sees a massive contradiction in Trump#8217s much-publicized tweets laying the blame for Baltimore#8217s poverty, crime and rodent problems on frequent antagonist Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings. Trump, he said, should look more at what he mdash and specifically Kushner mdash could do about it. #8220His son-in-law owns all of this mdash then he can fix it. I#8217m pretty sure he has a lot of money,#8221 says James, who is studying to be a medical assistant. #8220That#8217s kind of weird that you want to talk trash. #8230 If you want to make improvements, you can make improvements.#8221
Conditions got so bad two years ago that the Baltimore County government issued a release showing the Kushner Cos. had violated housing codes more than 200 times in just 10 months and only moved to fix the problems after being threatened with fines. #8220I had black mold in my cabinets. I called them, I called them, I called them. And they never did anything,#8221 says Simone Ryer who moved out Whispering Woods in Middle River two years ago. #8220That was more than enough for me to leave.#8221