Brown prods the president

On eve of Trump’s visit, gover­nor urges him to con­sider state’s bul­let train ef­forts.

Los Angeles Times - - CALIFORNIA - By John My­ers­ers@la­

SACRA­MENTO — Seek­ing to cap­i­tal­ize on President Trump’s pledges to fo­cus on the nation’s in­fra­struc­ture, Gov. Jerry Brown is urg­ing the president to con­sider California’s high­speed rail ef­forts as part of his first of­fi­cial visit to the Golden State.

“You have lamented that ‘we don’t have one fast train’ in our coun­try,” Brown wrote in a Mon­day let­ter to Trump. “Well, Mr. Trump, in California we are try­ing to fix that. We have a world-class train sys­tem un­der con­struc­tion. We in­vite you to come aboard and truly ‘Make Amer­ica Great Again.’ ”

Trump’s visit Tues­day is sched­uled to fo­cus on a review near San Diego of pro­to­types for his promised bor­der wall, fol­lowed by a Bev­erly Hills fundraiser for the Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee. A spokesman for Brown said the gover­nor is not plan­ning to greet the president on his ar­rival or ac­com­pany him on the bor­der wall in­spec­tion.

But the Demo­cratic gover­nor, who last week lashed out at the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion for fil­ing a law­suit against California’s new im­mi­gra­tion laws, is try­ing to cap­i­tal­ize on the pres­i­den­tial visit for a chance to pitch the train pro­ject. Last week, of­fi­cials at the agency re­spon­si­ble for build­ing the bul­let train sys­tem re­leased a new business plan that raised the cost es­ti­mate to at least $77.3 bil­lion.

“I in­vite you to head north to the Cen­tral Val­ley — the heart of California,” Brown wrote. “Here in cities like Fresno and Madera more than a dozen bridges and viaducts are be­ing built for the nation’s first and only High-Speed Rail line.”

Brown’s let­ter, which also noted the his­tory of past in­au­gu­ral pres­i­den­tial vis­its to California, took aim at the cen­tral premise of Trump’s prom­ise to crack down on il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion.

Re­mind­ing the president of the state’s cre­ation of al­most 3 mil­lion jobs since the re­ces­sion, Brown wrote that “our pros­per­ity is not built on iso­la­tion.”

‘We have a world-class train sys­tem un­der con­struc­tion. We in­vite you to come aboard and truly “Make Amer­ica Great Again.” ’ — Gov. Jerry Brown, in a let­ter to President Trump

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