Trump visits California first time as president

US president is off to visit California first time since he won the election

US president is off to visit California first time since he won the election

Supporters and protesters talk as they wait for Trump to arrive in San Diego on a visit Tuesday to view border wall prototypes.

Trump blasts Schaaf, Brown on California trip Trump saw eight prototypes for his proposed wall, including one with blue steel on top.

Trump previously lambasted California in recent weeks, threatening to withdraw federal law enforcement agents and suing the state over its immigration rules.

"They're the best friend of the criminal", Trump said.

After his San Diego stop, Mr Trump will travel to Los Angeles to headline a political fundraiser in Beverly Hills. He will also attend a fundraiser in Los Angeles, where he will stay overnight.

LAPD officials said Monday they would be geared up to handle the presidential visit and accompanying protests.

The president's arrival was awaited in the area by a cluster of police, chanting protesters and supporters clad in campaign gear, waving American flags.

Trump's criticism focused on tax policy, too, with the President mentioning owning property in California.

The wall prototypes were constructed pursuant to an Executive Order issued on President Trump's fifth day in office. "People are going to start to move pretty soon". Others say they understand why people want to secure the border more.

The trip Tuesday, which has brought him the Otay Mesa area of San Diego, includes a tour of the eight options that his administration has selected for testing - and that might serve as his long-promised wall along the border of the USA and Mexico, if Congress decides to allot the funds to do so.

The mayor says a popular cross-border airport terminal connecting San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, shows that "building bridges has worked wonders". Provost said Congress has so far funded 40 miles of replacement wall - 14 miles in San Diego, 2 miles in Calexico, California, and 24 miles in El Paso, Texas.

"The place is totally out of control", Trump said during a news conference in San Diego.

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Faulconer's remarks appeared in a commentary published in The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Trump tweeted Tuesday that "thousands of risky & violent criminal aliens are released as a result of sanctuary policies" and are "set free to prey on innocent Americans".

The Republican brought a tough message on immigration to California during his first visit as USA president to the heavily Democratic state that has served as a base of resistance to many of his policies.

The two sides were separated by a heavy presence of police officers in helmets and riot gear, but the rallies were peaceful. The trip also came amid an escalating battle between his administration and the liberal state, which has refused to help federal agents detain immigrants in the USA illegally.

On the Mexican side, federal and state police are standing by Tuesday morning but there is no crowd.

The Justice Department last week sued to block a trio of California laws created to protect people living in the US illegally.

Trump is now en route to San Diego from Washington, D.C.

Donald Trump examined eight different styles of walls on the United States border with Mexico, prototypes for the barrier he promised to build to keep out illegal immigrants and drugs.

San Diego's City Council a year ago passed a resolution opposing Trump's proposed wall.

Trump also used the occasion to reiterate a line from his campaign, saying, "For the people that say no wall, if you didn't have walls over here, you wouldn't even have a country".

Trump has maintained that he expects Mexico to ultimately pay for the wall, perhaps as part of a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Trump's Justice Department last week sued the state over three of its immigration laws. The agency also tweeted its plans to anticipate protests, saying it will be "available to accommodate any residents who may feel a desire to exercise their First Amendment rights". "You have to know what's on the other side of the wall", Trump said. Trump is scheduled to visit San Diego on Tuesday, setting foot in California for his first time as president.

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