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Trump vows to campaign for more House Republicans after North Carolina wins
President delivers one-hour speech to congressional GOP at their retreat in Baltimore

President Donald Trump speaks to House Republicans in Baltimore on Thursday at their annual retreat. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)

BALTIMORE — President Donald Trump told House Republicans gathered here Thursday for their annual conference retreat that he plans to campaign in more of their districts to help with their 2020 races. 

“I’m going to stop at every community that I can. We’re going to make a list of 50 or so,” he said. 

Trump, House Republicans met by protests in Baltimore
McCarthy defends president, saying his visit symbolizes that Trump cares for the city

President Donald Trump is speaking to House Republicans in Baltimore on Thursday night. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As House Republicans gathered in Baltimore on Thursday night to hear from President Donald Trump, protesters outside the retreat venue made clear the president’s disparaging remarks about their city were still on their minds. 

Trump in July called the Baltimore-based 7th District of Maryland “a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess,” on Twitter while slamming its longtime congressman, Maryland Democrat Elijah E. Cummings, who is African American.

If you want to get to the GOP retreat, you have to get through Kathryn Lyons first
The road to Baltimore goes through Heard on the Hill

Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole shows off his reading materials for Thursday’s bus ride to the House Republicans’ retreat in Baltimore. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

‘Baltimore, my Baltimore’: Pelosi rejects Trump attacks on her hometown
Speaker attacks Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner as ‘slumlord’ over conditions at his Baltimore rental properties

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., are seen in the Capitol after a bill signing ceremony for the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 on August 1, 2019. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

“Baltimore, my Baltimore,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi proclaimed with joy. 

The California Democrat was walking through the Capitol on Thursday after a bill enrollment ceremony for a bipartisan budget deal that had just passed the Senate (the House passed it the week prior) when reporters asked her about President Donald Trump’s persistent attacks on her hometown of Baltimore and one of its veteran representatives, Maryland Democrat Elijah E. Cummings

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Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. Not Guilty of Murdering Freddie Gray
Caesar Goodson Jr. faced the most serious charges of the six indicted cops

Baltimore Police Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. arrives for his murder trial in the death of Freddie Gray, at the Baltimore Circuit Court House on June 23, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland.Goodson is the third of six police officers to be tried in the high-profile case of the African American whose death in 2015 triggered riots in Maryland's largest city and led to a national debate about police brutality. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

A judge found Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. not guilty of second-degree depraved heart murder Thursday morning, in the third trial related to the death of Freddie Gray, a Baltimore man who died in police custody and has become a central figure in the movement against police brutality.  

Prosecutors attempted to prove Goodson intentionally gave Gray a "rough ride," driving recklessly while Gray was shackled and without a seat belt in order to injure him. They also alleged Goodson had five opportunities to help Gray after he suffered the broken neck that would eventually cause his death. The autopsy report described Goodson observing "Mr. Gray lying belly down on the floor with his head facing the cabin compartment, and reportedly he was asking for help, saying he couldn't breathe, couldn't get up, and needed a medic."  

Cummings, Cardin Urge Calm After Freddie Gray Ruling
Maryland lawmakers urge residents to respect the verdict after police officer acquitted

Messages written in chalk decorated the outside of the burned out and looted CVS in Baltimore in May 2015. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Maryland lawmakers urged calm following the acquittal Monday of a Baltimore police officer involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray, a young, unarmed black man who later died in police custody.  

A Maryland judge acquitted Officer Edward Nero, one of six officers charged in relation to Gray's death last year that sparked violent protests  in Baltimore.