For the first time since his campaign in the primaries, Donald Trump is visiting California. This visit comes a week after Attorney General Jeff Sessions decided to sue the state for three immigration protection laws that he said were in violation of the constitution. His agenda for the short visit is as follows: On Tuesday, Trump is flying into San Diego to examine prototypes for his border wall and visit with a military base. Later in the evening, he is supposed to attend a Republican fundraiser in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles. On Wednesday morning, he will fly back to Washington.
No California leaders are going to be met during this visit, an intentional snub against the state’s government. Tensions between California and Washington have remained high and continue to increase over many issues, but most importantly, immigration issues. General dissatisfaction with the president in California is evident, as the 30% approval rate lies far below the (already low) 40% approval rate of the nation. As per his last visit, Trump is likely to be met with much resistance from Californians. Many immigration activist groups are said to be organizing protests in response.
California leaders have used this upcoming visit to try to draw attention to the state’s successes as well as long term projects. This includes the creation of a high speed train from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Governor Jerry Brown poignantly stated, “In California we are focusing on bridges, not walls”.
VERDICT: Trump’s insistence on coming to California to focus on his border wall, shows the sharp disregard he has for state and its values. While the funding still does not exist, and opposition runs high, he continues to bulldoze ahead. Additionally, his refusal to meet any local government leaders shows the complete lack of respect he has for those that do not agree with his policies.