Instead, associates said that Trump had long been annoyed with Cummings' attempts to investigate members of the administration and set Baltimore a target over the weekend.
The President's assaults on Cummings have caused some internal turmoil as they target a legislator who is generally well-liked, even among Republicans. The belief among most aides is that the four Democratic congressional women attacked earlier are a better target because of their far-left political positions.
Republican Mark Meadows of North Carolina praised both Trump and Cummings on Monday after the president turned to the Maryland Democrat, whom he calls his friend.
Santorum said that Meadows gave him permission to read the message publicly.
"Nobody works harder for their area than Elijah," Meadows says in a text message. "He is passionate about the people he represents and he is not. Elijah is not racist. I am friends with both President Trump and President Cummings. I know them both, nor is he racist."
Still, Trump said last day he thought his messages to inner cities resonated and did not appear to be affected by the worries of his advisers.
On Monday evening, the president continued his broad fight against Cummings and Baltimore.
"Baltimore numbers are the worst in the United States for crime and the economy. Billions of dollars have been pumped up over the years but to no avail. Money was stolen or wasted. Ask Elijah Cummings where he went. He should investigate himself. surveillance! "Trump tweets.
In response to some of the President's tweets over the weekend, Cummings tweeted: "Mr. President, I come to my area daily. I wake up every morning and go and fight for my neighbors. This is my constitutional obligation to exercise. but my moral obligation is to fight for my constituents. "