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President Trump is coming to California

14 March, 2018

Tuesday, officials brought the president to the border to inspect the prototypes showing possible designs for a wall across the U.S. -Mexico border.

President Donald Trump has landed in California at last.

Organizers of Women's March San Diego plan to be at the protest site with a large sign urging Trump to "build bridges, not walls" in anticipation that he will fly by helicopter to the prototype site.

The eight 30-foot-tall models are supposed to be used to help design the wall Trump has promised to build along the U.S. "These are like professional mountain climbers".

"But he believes that whatever wall they choose needs to be see-through, he says. Some of them they can", he added.

He said: "The ones that work the best aren't necessarily the most expensive, that's what I like".

Trump's visit comes amid as his administration has been engaged in a war of words over California's refusal to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

The animosity between the Trump administration and California Democratic leaders was demonstrated on Monday, when the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement brushed back House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senat.

Throughout the president's visit to the border, protesters and journalists watched from rooftops on the Mexican side of the existing border fence - under the watchful eye of police on both sides. But, he said, "I have to do it".

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!"

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Ahead of his arrival, the president tweeted that "thousands of risky, violent criminal aliens are released" as a result of California's immigration sanctuary policies. The Justice Department recently sued over state laws that limit cooperation with immigration authorities, which state officials have harshly criticized. The Trump administration is now battling with California about its refusal to help federal agents detain undocumented immigrants in the United States. "Because the technical evaluations, the cost evaluations, everything that goes into that whole process is pretty well scripted and laid out in regulations, so you start to deviate from that and freelancing, it's reckless and perhaps trending toward an ending nobody wants, which is filled with protests". "I love this country". Kevin Faulconer said a popular cross-border airport terminal connecting San Diego and Tijuana shows that "building bridges has worked wonders".

His absence from the US' most populous state has been notable. "But here in San Diego, we view it much differently".

Jeff Schwilk, founder of San Diegans for Secure Borders and organiser of a pro-Trump rally, the city resolution does not reflect the views of many residents, who feel the border is not secure. Protests for and against the wall are planned.

In Trump fashion, he posted the video on Twitter, about two hours after leaving the site of the prototypes, and even before he was scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles for his next event on Tuesday, a fundraiser in Beverly Hills.

Trump is now en route to San Diego from Washington, D.C.

Asked about the President's visit, DHS spokesman Jonathan Rath Hoffman said the "normal course of the procurement process" will be followed.

"The wall is just a waste of money".

On Monday Sanders stressed that the wall is something Trump "is not going to back away from" and will continue to push for.

California's governor on Monday invited Trump to also visit the state's high-speed rail construction projects.

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.

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