President Trump seemed to confirm Gov. Jerry Brown’s recent complaint that the president is “going to war against” the state, telling reporters during his first visit that Brown is “doing a terrible job.”
“Gov. Brown’s done a very poor job running California,” Trump said while inspecting border wall prototypes in San Diego. “They have the highest taxes in the United States. The place is totally out of control.”
He noted that he owns property in the state. "The taxes are way, way out of whack and people are going to start to move pretty soon."
Trump opponents cheered for immigrants as they entered the country through San Ysidro.
At a rally near Las Americas Premium Outlets, a few dozen protesters gathered on a street corner Tuesday in opposition to President Trump’s visit to California.
Judith Castro, 27, took the day off work as a teacher aide to protest Trump. Castro said she captured video last week of Border Patrol agents arresting a mother in front of her daughters in National City.
Born and raised in San Diego, Castro said her parents were deported in 2006 and 2007 and now live in Tijuana. She doesn’t want a bigger wall separating them.
A small fracas broke out at pro-Trump rally in San Diego when a protester in a car dropped a Mexican flag. Someone tore it to pieces, and a man threatened to light it on fire. (Warning: strong language.) pic.twitter.com/q5IQ9ElKfK
President Trump broke with standard practice Tuesday, flying to California without any lawmakers from the state.
Such trips are normally a perk, most often for lawmakers of the president’s political party, who get to ride on the prestigious Air Force One and enjoy access to the president as well as some local publicity.
Trump’s solo flight suggests the political risk he brings to state Republicans given his low popularity in California. Though aides aboard the plane, which landed at 11:23 a.m. PDT, said they knew of no visits Trump would have with local lawmakers, Rep. Duncan Hunter was spotted at the site where Trump will inspect prototypes for a southern border wall.
As President Trump headed for the San Diego area Tuesday to look at prototypes for a proposed border wall, state Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra mocked the project at a news conference in Los Angeles, saying it would not make America safer.
Announcing the seizure of grenade launchers and assault weapons from several felons, Becerra called Tuesday on Trump and Congress to follow the state’s example on gun safety issues.
“While In D.C. they talk, in California we act,” Becerra said, adding that Trump “should follow California’s lead.”