Los Angeles welcomed President Trump with a light rain, along with a smattering of protesters who extended middle fingers in the air. The president, beginning the second portion of a jampacked day, held a large black umbrella as he walked down the steps of Air Force One at LAX. He flew via helicopter to Santa Monica.
As President Trump toured border wall prototypes, protesters in Tijuana a few yards away chanted and held signs expressing opposition to the wall. Many of them were people who had been deported from the U.S. in recent years, including veterans.
“We just want a few minutes with the president. He’s our commander in chief,” said Hector Lopez, a former resident of Madera who served six years in the U.S. Army reserve.
Joined by other veterans carrying signs — one reading “Stop deporting military veterans” — Lopez urged Trump to sign an executive order to fix the system.
Donald Trump addressed members of the military at Miramar, suggesting jokingly that the military needs at "Space Force."
Does the military need another branch? President Trump suggested on Tuesday – partially in jest – that there’s a whole frontier waiting for armed patrol.
“Space is a war-fighting domain. Just like the land, air and sea,” he told members of the military at the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego before adding that perhaps a “Space Force” would be next.
“We have the Air Force. We’ll have the Space Force. We have the Army, the Navy.”
Discussing the difference a wall makes, Trump looks at a photo of San Diego border area from the 90s and now. Says if wall isn’t built, with drugs “pouring through” and high taxes, “people are gonna start to move” very soon. pic.twitter.com/ml3tzR1sfO
Peter Sickels, a retired Episcopal priest, holds up a Mexican flag at a rally at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in San Ysidro, where protesters opposed Trump border wall. He’s pictured with the Rev. Colin Mathewson of San Diego. They hoped people in Tijuana saw the flag. pic.twitter.com/FGCwhNgnrY
Dozens gathered in a hilltop parking lot a few miles north of the border Tuesday afternoon at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in San Ysidro to protest President Trump and his border wall, their view stretching into Tijuana.
Fifteen people held signs with giant letters that spelled, “BRIDGES NOT WALLS.”
Another protester hoisted a sign that read, “Stormy Daniels has a higher approval rating.”
A group of police officers stood watch in Santa Monica on Tuesday afternoon as a handful of protesters, many of them retirees, patiently waited for the president’s motorcade to pass.
Soon after 2:15 p.m. three military helicopters flew overhead toward Santa Monica airport, followed by two more that protesters believed President Trump was flying in, prompting them to hold their protest signs in the air.
Dianne Corriere, 68, stood near the curb of Sunset Park Way and Centinela Avenue holding a sign that read “Impeach Trump.” Nearby, another large sign reading “Trump is a turd” had been plastered on the side of a restaurant.
Hundreds of officers from the San Diego Police Department and California Highway Patrol along with San Diego County sheriff’s deputies blocked either side of the street in the Otay Mesa neighborhood Tuesday, holding batons and separating President Trump’s supporters from his opponents.
Law enforcement outnumbered protesters as Trump’s motorcade drove by. Some people greeted the president with middle fingers, while others shouted, “Keep America great!”
“God bless you, Donald Trump,” one supporter said. “Thank you for coming.”
A fundraiser President Trump is headlining Tuesday night will take place at the Beverly Park mansion of Shari and Edward Glazer, co-chairman of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to a source familiar with security arrangements for the event.
Donors are contributing up to $250,000 each to attend the dinner, with the funds benefiting Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign and various Republican National Committee accounts. The fundraising goal for the event is $5 million.
Glazer, 48, is the son of the late billionaire Malcolm Glazer. In addition to the Bucs, his family owns the Manchester United soccer team. Glazer is also president of First Allied Corp., the family’s real estate company.