President Donald Trump arrived in San Diego today to attend a fundraising luncheon in support of his 2020 re-election campaign and visit a section of border wall.
Trump's visit is part of a West Coast fundraising swing to Palo Alto, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and San Diego. The San Diego fundraiser, to be held at the U.S. Grant Hotel, is expected to generate roughly $4 million for the campaign, while the trip as a whole is expected to raise upwards of $15 million for the Trump Victory Fund, a joint committee of the Republican National Committee and the campaign.
Trump landed at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Miramar shortly after 11:30 a.m. and met with members of the Marine Corps, Chabad of Poway Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein and Poway Mayor Steve Vaus. Trump was accompanied by hostage negotiator Robert O'Brien, whom he named his new national security adviser Wednesday morning.
The visit comes on the same day that Trump announced he will revoke California's federal waiver to set its own standards of vehicle emissions, arguing it will lead to marginal differences in emissions and lower costs. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday the White House has ``abdicated its responsibility'' to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change. On Wednesday, county Supervisor Nathan Fletcher concurred.
``A petty and petulant president is not only attacking California environmental standards, but the auto manufacturing industry that supports our efforts,'' Fletcher said. ``This is all a Trump-driven effort to increase greenhouse gas emission, gasoline consumption and air pollution -- it makes no sense.''
Trump visited Palo Alto and Beverly Hills Tuesday, taking time to rail against liberal bastions in a solidly blue state. ``We can't let Los Angeles, San Francisco and numerous other cities destroy themselves by allowing what's happening,'' he said aboard Air Force One in a reference to homelessness. He also suggested that the number of homeless residents in major cities is making residents of those cities move out of the country.
In the afternoon, Trump will fly by helicopter to Otay Mesa for a border wall visit expected to last under an hour. The visit will be Trump's first to the border in California since April, when he visited a section of the barrier in Calexico.
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