President Donald Trump has ordered that flags across the world be flown at half-mast in honor of Rep. Elijah Cummings who passed away just hours ago at the age of 68.
The DailyMail reported that Cummings, who served as chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, passed away due to “complications concerning longstanding health challenges” while under hospice care at Johns Hopkins Hospital in his hometown of Baltimore at 2.45 am on Thursday.
Cummings’ wife of 11 years, Maya Rockeymoore, shared a tribute of her late husband saying, “Congressman Cummings was an honorable man who proudly served his district and the nation with dignity, integrity, compassion and humility,” the 48-year-old chairwoman of the Maryland Democratic Party said according to the DailyMail.
“He worked until his last breath because he believed our democracy was the highest and best expression of our collective humanity and that our nation’s diversity was our promise, not our problem.”
The president, who has had longstanding political differences with the representative, which they often aired publicly, put that aside to offer his concern:
“My warmest condolences to the family and many friends of Congressman Elijah Cummings,” Trump tweeted Thursday morning.
“I got to see first hand the strength, passion and wisdom of this highly respected political leader. His work and voice on so many fronts will be very hard, if not impossible, to replace!”
My warmest condolences to the family and many friends of Congressman Elijah Cummings. I got to see first hand the strength, passion and wisdom of this highly respected political leader. His work and voice on so many fronts will be very hard, if not impossible, to replace!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2019
Former President Barack Obama also shared his sorrow, saying he former first lady Michelle are “heartbroken” over Cummings’ death.
“As Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, he showed us all not only the importance of checks and balances within our democracy, but also the necessity of good people stewarding it,” Obama wrote.
“Steely yet compassionate, principled yet open to new perspectives, Chairman Cummings remained steadfast in his pursuit of truth, justice, and reconciliation. It’s a tribute to his native Baltimore that one of its own brought such character, tact, and resolve into the halls of power every day.”
Michelle and I are heartbroken over the passing of our friend, Elijah Cummings. May his example inspire more Americans to pick up the baton and carry it forward in a manner worthy of his service. pic.twitter.com/lM2rES3PNV
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 17, 2019
Written by Savannah Pointer.