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U.S. President Donald Trump landed on Tuesday in California, a state that lost more than four million votes in election. He's not going to meet any political leaders. It's not that I'm going to make any public appearances. Trump comes to see his wall and a small group of donors. Trump is first president since Eisenhower who does not visit California in his first year in office. From all points of view, he will spend 24 hours in hostile territory, even more so after his government has taken California to court to protect immigrants.
Air Force One landed at Miramar military base in San Diego at 11:30 a.m. Local. Just minutes before, secretary of State Rex Tillerson had spoken to media about his dismissal. The president went directly to helicopter Marine One to fly to port of entrance of Otay, a few kilometers to east, where eight prototypes of border wall were built along border of Tijuana. They are eight pieces of wall built by different companies that aspire to hypotical final contract to extend it to entire border. The prototypes were completed in October at this place, a few kilometres east of Otay Inlet port, because it is federal terrain and re were no permit problems.
Trump plans to spend 45 minutes on border. After a visit to his wall project, Trump plans to speak to military at San Diego Air Force Base and n fly to Los Angeles. It will land at international airport at 15.30 Local and from re it will go, for an unknown itinerary, to a dinner in a place also unknown in Beverly Hills to raise funds for Republican National Committee.The prototypes of wall, seen from Tijuana. GUILLERMO ARIAS AFP
The party expects about 90 people in one of world's most wealth-rich areas. The deck costs 35,000 dollars per person or 50,000 per couple. If it's a photo with president, 100, 000 per couple. Taking part in a debate with President (ask him questions), more photo, costs $250, 000. The event could raise up to $5 million for Trump's re-election campaign.
The president's itinerary in Los Angeles remained secret at last minute of Monday. On Tuesday morning, police activity around Intercontinental Hotel in center of city made think that it will spend night, although it has not been officially confirmed. Wednesday morning, he'll be back in Washington.
Trump is not welcome, and not just by statements of California leaders. The protests started on Monday. Police prepare for a day of chaos around Beverly Hills and Bel Air while groups who want to protest against Trump try to figure out itinerary and place of fundraising dinner. At moment, re is a protest convened via Facebook in a Beverly Hills park at four o'clock in afternoon that on Monday had more than 2,700 people interested.
During election campaign, Trump was only in Los Angeles once. It was very soon after announcing his candidacy and insulting Mexicans. He gave a tiny press conference at a Beverly Hills hotel surrounded by relatives of deceased people at hands of irregular immigrants. Then he went to dinner with a group of Hollywood Republicans. He was n greeted with an important protest at door of hotel where dinner was made. 48% of population of Los Angeles County is Latina.
At end of campaign, Trump went to Burlingame, next to San Francisco, to Republican state Convention. The protests stopped his entourage and forced him into Convention hotel jumping a road. He also gave rallies in Anaheim and San Diego, where he had violent clashes between his followers and great protests.
The President lands in California this time at a time of maximum tension between his government and state, dominated entirely by Democrats. Last week, attorney general filed a lawsuit against three California laws that impede any cooperation between law enforcement and immigration police, except in cases of felony and court order. For Trump and sessions, whose official doctrine is that irregular immigration and crime are directly related, California authorities are jeopardizing population. The lawsuit argues that California is overstepping its jurisdiction and preventing federal government from doing its job in immigration, which is its exclusive competence.
California has also challenged Trump in health, where he has strengned as much as possible system implemented by Barack Obama, fighting climate change and opening up to foreign trade. The idea that California is going to go ahead on all of se matters regardless of what Washington does is a veritable mantra of state politicians.
In his time in California, Trump has no planned any act with any Republican state politician. Most analyses agree that president is a weight for Republicans surviving in California (14 out of 53 congressmen). In 2016 elections, Trump was first Republican to lose in Orange County, a wealthy south-Los Angeles area that gave rise to republicanism of Nixon and Reagan. Nothing indicates a change of trend. The only Republican mayor of a big city in California, Kevin Faulconer, opposes Trump's policies in relation to Mexico and foreign trade.