Air Force One will touch down at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego around 11:30 a.m., marking the first time President Trump has set foot in California since his 2016 election turned the state into something of a rogue province that has repeatedly clashed with his administration over immigration policy, the environment, marijuana legalization and tax reform.
President Trump is expected to review a prototype for a segment of his proposed border wall at the Otay Mesa crossing near San Diego on Tuesday morning before speaking at a Republican fundraiser in the Los Angeles area at night.
On the eve of President Trump’s first visit to California since he took office, a state lawmaker says he wants to deny state tax breaks to companies that contract or subcontract to build the proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), who wields substantial influence in the creation of state tax policy as Assembly budget committee chairman, has been among the vocal opponents to the border wall, calling it counterproductive to the state’s economic growth and “a symbol of weakness and hate to the world.”
President Trump is now en route to California on Air Force One, along with senior policy advisor Stephen Miller and Mick Mulvaney, acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, among others.
Trump fielded a few questions from reporters about his decision to fire Secretary of State Rex Tillerson before leaving the White House.
President Trump set out to confront California’s resistance in person on Tuesday as both sides prepared for a fight over his signature issue, a southern border wall, and the immigration enforcement issues that attend it.
Immigrant, labor and LGBTQ rights activists said President Trump represented the antithesis of California’s values and was not welcome in the state, as they rallied Monday on the eve of his first presidential visit.
“We welcomed all the presidents that have come before him to this great state, but what we will not welcome are seeds of division and hate. What we will not welcome is racism,” said Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights. “We have a president who has decided to advance a racist agenda that denies people their most basic human dignity and rights, and we are not about that in California.”
Trump is scheduled to view prototypes of his proposed border wall, address members of the military and headline a high-dollar fundraiser in Beverly Hills. He is expected to leave Wednesday.