US President Donald Trump will be visiting California, a state that has been at odds with the administration since he took charge in office over issues ranging from immigration to guns.
As president, Trump’s will visit California on Tuesday for the first time. This comes at a time of nervous strain between his Republican administration and the Democratic-leaning most populous US state on immigration issues.
The state has accused by Attorney General Jeff Sessions of intentionally barricading enforcement of federal law and donating undocumented immigrant’s sanctuary protections.
President Trump administration is essentially going to war against California after the Justice Department sued to block its sanctuary laws, says Governor Jerry Brown.
The president said in his weekly speech that sanctuary jurisdictions are the best friend of smugglers, gang members, drug dealers, human traffickers, killers and other violent criminals. The state of California is inoculating dangerous criminals in a brazen and lawless attack on our constitutional system of government.
Trump will be landing at the Miramar air base in southern California and then go to view prototypes of the wall he wants to build on America’s southern border.
California was among the plaintiffs that launched a profitless court challenge to waivers to environmental regulations that were granted to the construction of the prototypes and the replacement of existing border fencing could begin.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said “We’re going for what we hope to be an inconceivable positive trip, also taking focus at California for declining to follow federal law,” a reference to the state’s efforts to accommodate illegitimate immigrants from deportation.
Members of the US military will also meet with Trump, Sanders said.
As expected in Beverly Hills, he is to wrap up the visit with an evening of fundraising to raise money for his 2020 re-election campaign.
In order to push back on liberal efforts on immigration in California, Trump’s visit is part of a bigger concerted effort, said professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University, Julian Zelizer.
Trump has taken a long time to visit California following his election than any president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt, according to US media.
“He based his whole focus on Republican areas,” Zelizer said. “He’s not someone who wants to see the whole country, not a traveller interested in sensing the pulse of the nation.”
Trump’s visit to California will be marked by protests, both for and against the president and his policies.