President Trump on Thursday mourned the death of Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), tweeting that the late congressman and fierce critic of the administration would be "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
This is just another reminder that not everything in life is political.
Cummings died early Thursday morning "due to complications concerning longstanding health challenges,” his office said. He was 68.
As chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Cummings was one of the president's most outspoken, powerful and charismatic critics. He held a hearing on the administration's treatment of migrants at the border and memorably chaired a hearing with the president's former personal attorney Michael Cohen.
Cummings was one of the three committee chairmen leading an impeachment inquiry to Trump, though he had been largely absent from the public eye in recent weeks as he battled health problems.