‘I hope the grandstanding Governor of California is able to spend his very highly taxed citizens money on asylum holds more efficiently than money has been spent on the so-called Fast Train, which is $Billions over budget & in total disarray,’ Trump tweeted on Saturday.
‘Time to reduce taxes in California!’
President Trump on Saturday slammed California’s ‘grandstanding’ governor, Gavin Newsom, over the state’s policies on immigration and its struggling high speed rail plan
Trump appeared to be reacting to a CNN report in which Newsom (seen right next to correspondent Gary Tuchman) gave reporters a tour of a taxpayer-funded shelter for asylum seekers in San Diego
Trump and Newsom have clashed before over the issue of federal funding for California’s planned high speed rail link. The two men are seen alongside former California Governor Jerry Brown as they survey the damage from wildfires in Paradise, California last November
Trump was likely reacting to a CNN report in which Newsom is seen giving reporters a tour of a taxpayer-funded shelter for asylum seekers in San Diego.
‘The federal government should be doing this,’ Newsom told CNN.
‘[Immigration] is the federal government’s responsibility. These are people who came legally…[they were] processed legally, [they are] seeking asylum legally.’
California’s more welcoming policy toward asylum seekers stands in stark contrast to the Trump administration, which has made cracking down on migrant entry into the United States one of its core missions.
Trump on Saturday also tweeted a barb at his former supporter, conservative commentator Ann Coulter, who has lashed out at the president for what she says are his broken promises about building a border wall.
Concept art shows the planned high-speed train that was to have run from San Francisco to Los Angeles. The project had ballooned in cost to $77billion and was running years behind
Twitter feud: President Trump demanded the money back from Gavin Newsom but the California Governor said he would use it for a scaled-down project
‘Wacky Nut Job Ann Coulter, who still hasn’t figured out that, despite all odds and an entire Democrat Party of Far Left Radicals against me (not to mention certain Republicans who are sadly unwilling to fight), I am winning on the Border,’ Trump tweeted.
‘Major sections of Wall are being built and renovated, with MUCH MORE to follow shortly.
‘Tens of thousands of illegals are being apprehended (captured) at the Border and NOT allowed into our Country.
‘With another President, millions would be pouring in. I am stopping an invasion as the Wall gets built.’
Trump’s claims of a ‘wall being built’ are factually incorrect, as he was unable to obtain enough funds from Congress to construct his promised barrier.
Instead, he declared a national emergency, which he hopes will give him legal authority to divert funds from other sources toward a border wall.
California was one of more than a dozen states to sue the Trump administration over the emergency declaration.
Trump’s tweet on Saturay came just five days after California’s High-Speed Rail Authority urged his administration to abandon plans to withhold $929million in funding and seek to claw back $2.5billion the state has already received for a rail project, calling the effort ‘disastrous’ and ‘unlawful.’
Brian Kelly, chief executive of the authority, told the Federal Railroad Administration in a letter that seeking the return of funds already spent by California would be ‘disastrous policy’ and could put 2,600 people out of work.
Trump on Saturday also took aim at his former supporter, conservative commentator Ann Coulter (seen above in Los Angeles last October)
‘Wacky Nut Job Ann Coulter, who still hasn’t figured out that, despite all odds and an entire Democrat Party of Far Left Radicals against me (not to mention certain Republicans who are sadly unwilling to fight), I am winning on the Border,’ Trump tweeted
Trump tweeted: ‘With another President, millions would be pouring in. I am stopping an invasion as the Wall gets built’
He formally asked the agency to reconsider ahead of a March 5 deadline.
The administration last month moved to end funding after Newsom said the state would scale back the planned $77.3billion high-speed rail project after cost hikes, delays and management concerns, but would finish a smaller section.
Kelly told the FRA that withholding the $929 million awarded by the Obama administration in 2010 ‘would be unwarranted, unprecedented, and legally indefensible, and it would gravely harm a historic project.’
The FRA said in a letter last month it wanted to halt funding because the state had ‘failed to make reasonable progress.’
It cited Newsom’s announcement to scale back the project.
Kelly on Monday asked the FRA to reconsider its ‘rash and unlawful action’ and discuss its concerns with the state authority.
The FRA decision will not be finalized until it reviews California’s protest.
This is the second time in recent weeks that Trump and Newsom have clashed over the rail project.
Last month, Trump called the project a ‘disaster’ and demanded the money back but Newsom said it was ‘California’s money’, taking a dig at the President by suggesting he was desperate for border wall funding.
California had hoped to build a 520-mile line where trains could travel at 220mph but the project, which was years behind and billions over budget, has now been scaled down to a 119-mile link from Merced to Bakersfield.
The Trump-Newsom feud also has an interesting personal twist. Trump’s eldest son, Don Jr, is currently dating Newsom’s ex-wife, Kimberly Guilfoyle
Trump took aim at the Democratic Governor on Twitter, saying: ‘California has been forced to cancel the massive bullet train project after having spent and wasted many billions of dollars.
‘They owe the Federal Government three and a half billion dollars. We want that money back now. Whole project is a “green” disaster!’
Newsom fired back shortly afterwards, saying: ‘Fake news. We’re building high-speed rail, connecting the Central Valley and beyond.
‘This is CA’s money, allocated by Congress for this project. We’re not giving it back. The train is leaving the station – better get on board!
‘Also, desperately searching for some wall dollars??’
The Obama administration awarded the state a total of $3.5 billion in 2010 as part of its stimulus package.
The line had been planned to open by 2033 but last year the state forecast the costs had jumped by $13billion to $77billion, and warned that they could rise to as much as $98.1 billion.
High-speed rail had been one of the planks of the ‘Green New Deal’ spearheaded by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and fellow Democrats.
The Trump-Newsom feud also has an interesting personal twist. Trump’s eldest son, Don Jr, is currently dating Newsom’s ex-wife, Kimberly Guilfoyle.