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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. He said the first thing he no­ticed on the drive to the bor­der was the patched-up holes in part of the ex­ist­ing fence.

“We have a lousy wall over here now, but at least it stops 90, 95 per­cent,” Trump said. “When we put up the real wall, we’re go­ing to stop 99 per­cent. Maybe more than that.”

Trump’s visit was greeted with peace­ful protests by de­mon­stra­tors both for and against his planned wall. The trip came amid an es­ca­lat­ing bat­tle be­tween his ad­min­is­tra­tion and the lib­eral state, which has re­fused to help fed­eral agents de­tain im­mi­grants in the U.S. il­le­gally.

The pres­i­dent re­newed his crit­i­cism of Demo­cratic Gov. Jerry Brown, say­ing Tues­day that he was pre­sid­ing over sky-high tax rates

and that the state’s sanc­tu­ary poli­cies “put the en­tire na­tion at risk.”

“They’re the best friend of the crim­i­nal,” Trump said. “That’s what ex­actly is hap­pen­ing. The crim­i­nals take refuge in these sanc­tu­ary cities, and it’s very dan­ger­ous for our po­lice and en­force­ment folks.”

The Jus­tice Depart­ment last week sued to block a trio of Cal­i­for­nia laws de­signed to pro­tect peo­ple liv­ing in the U.S. il­le­gally. Brown ac­cused U.S. At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions of “go­ing to war” with Cal­i­for­nia to ap­pease Trump.

Af­ter leav­ing the bor­der, Trump basked in the cheers of U.S. Marines in Mi­ra­mar, point­ing to his work to build up the na­tion’s mil­i­tary. He also sug­gested there may some­day be a “space force” fight­ing along­side the na­tion’s mil­i­tary branches.

Ref­er­enc­ing his 2016 cam­paign show­down against Hil­lary Clin­ton — who re­ceived 4 mil­lion more votes than Trump in Cal­i­for­nia — the pres­i­dent vowed that “very soon we’re go­ing to Mars” and the na­tion would not be seek­ing to ex­plore the red planet had his op­po­nent won.

Trump later at­tended a high-dol­lar fundraiser near Los An­ge­les, where he’ll stay overnight. Guests paid up to $250,000 to at­tend the event at the Bev­erly Hills home of Ed Glazer, co-chair­man of the Tampa Bay Buc­ca­neers. The money raised will go to a joint fundrais­ing com­mit­tee that ben­e­fits Trump’s 2020 re-elec­tion cam­paign and the Repub­li­can National Com­mit­tee.

A few hun­dred pro­test­ers for and against Trump faced off at a Bev­erly Hills park. A group of pro-im­mi­gra­tion de­mon­stra­tors chanted, “Say it now, say it clear, im­mi­grants are wel­come here.”

Demon­stra­tions were also held at the San Ysidro port of en­try in San Diego, the na­tion’s busiest bor­der cross­ing, where pro­test­ers chanted, “No ban! No wall!” as honk­ing cars and buses cheered them on. Protests were also held on the Mex­i­can side, in Ti­juana.

Army vet­eran Mark Pri­eto, 48, shook his head as he walked by the protest.

“Peo­ple are so nar­row-minded,” the River­side fire­fighter said as the crowd chanted. “Fi­nally we have some­one who is putting Amer­ica first.”

Carla Provost, act­ing Bor­der Pa­trol chief, said Trump “walked away with great un­der­stand­ing of the re­quire­ments we have on the bor­der.” She and other agents briefed the pres­i­dent on beefed-up se­cu­rity in Cal­i­for­nia, Ari­zona and Texas over the years and cau­tioned that any changes need to pre­serve the abil­ity to see what’s hap­pen­ing on the other side. 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.

San Diego’s Repub­li­can mayor crit­i­cized Trump’s planned short visit, say­ing the pres­i­dent won’t get a full pic­ture of the city. Kevin Faulconer said a pop­u­lar cross-bor­der air­port ter­mi­nal con­nect­ing San Diego and Ti­juana shows that “build­ing bridges has worked won­ders.”

Faulconer, writ­ing in The San Diego Union-Tribune, also said San Diego po­lice work to pro­tect ev­ery­one re­gard­less of im­mi­gra­tion sta­tus, an ap­par­ent dig at Trump’s push to tar­get il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion.

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

“Cal­i­for­nia’s sanc­tu­ary poli­cies are il­le­gal and un­con­sti­tu­tional and put the safety and se­cu­rity of our en­tire na­tion at risk. Thou­sands of dan­ger­ous & vi­o­lent crim­i­nal aliens are re­leased as a re­sult of sanc­tu­ary poli­cies, set free to prey on in­no­cent Amer­i­cans. THIS MUST STOP!” he wrote.


Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump re­views bor­der wall pro­to­types Tues­day on a visit to the San Diego area. He said he prefers a con­crete wall but wants it to be see-through.

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