Trump makes first California visit as president

Trump makes first California visit as president

Trump makes first California visit as president

President Donald Trump arrived in San Diego on Tuesday morning, kicking off his first visit to California since taking office.

At Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, Trump said sanctuary cities nullify federal law and violate the US Constitution.

President Donald Trump is inspecting prototypes on display in California for his stalled border wall.

"A part of San Diego needs a wall, they want a wall very desperately", Trump said.

He further slammed the Democrat for immigration and tax policy adding that while he thought Brown was a "nice guy" but "has not done the job".

"For the people who say "no wall" - if you didn't have walls over here, you wouldn't even have a country", Trump said near the border in San Diego. "And by the way, if I get $25 billion for the wall, you're going to have a lot of change".

Trump, making his first trip to California as president, said he preferred a fully concrete wall because it was the hardest to climb, but he noted that it needed to be see-through. "Save taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars by reducing crime, drug flow, welfare fraud, and burdens on schools and hospitals", the president said.

Ahead of the visit, a few dozen people gathered for a pro-Trump rally on the United States side of the border near the prototypes, while a similar number of the president's detractors came to the San Ysidro border post.

"He's coming to a place that he hasn't visited as president, where he is massively unpopular, where he lost by 4m votes in the election and a place where he faces huge resistance".

If only the president and the nation could see the real California.

Trump's vow to build the wall was one of his key pre-election promises.

"The border wall is truly our first line of defence", Mr Trump told reporters.

Last week, Trump's Justice Department filed a lawsuit accusing California of violating the US Constitution and putting federal agents in danger by approving laws protecting illegal immigrants. "The criminals take refuge in these sanctuary cities and it's very unsafe for our police and enforcement folks, " he said.

On the other side of the border, in Tijuana, Mexico, residents laughed off the idea that the monolithic slabs will stop desperate immigrants.

Trump tweeted about California's immigration policies as he flew to the state aboard Air Force One.

"These policies release unsafe criminal offenders to prey on innocent people, and nullify the federal law", the president said.

"When some people look at the U.S. -Mexico border, they see division", Faulconer said in his State of the City address in 2017.

"But bridges are still better than walls", Brown said.

FACTS: Construction of 14 miles (23 kilometers) of imposing border walls by the mid-2000s - along with more agents, technology and smaller barriers going back to the 1990s - brought a 95 percent decline in border arrests in the Border Patrol's San Diego sector from 1993 to 2017.

Trump has long said he wanted to visit the models himself so he can pick a victor, though the Department of Homeland Security says elements of each design are expected to be used.

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