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President Trump arrives in California to inspect border wall prototypes

President Trump arrives in California to inspect border wall prototypes

Amid a political earthquake in Washington following the sudden firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, President Trump arrived in California Tuesday where he reviewed several design prototypes for his proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
“The border wall is truly our first line of defense,” Trump said in remarks after a briefing with officials from Customs and Border Patrol and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “The wall will save hundreds of billions of dollars, many, many times what it’s going to cost.”
The president’s visit is his first to the country’s most populous state since taking office, and comes just one week after his Department of Justice announced its plan to sue California over “obstructing federal immigration enforcement efforts.”
Ahead of his arrival, the president tweeted that “thousands of dangerous, violent criminal aliens are released” as a result of California’s immigration sanctuary policies.
Standing alongside one of the prototypes, Trump said tall walls were needed to keep out “incredible climbers.”
“Getting over the top is easy. These are like professional mountain climbers, these are incredible climbers,” Trump said. “They can’t climb some of these walls, some of them they can.”
On Monday California’s governor, Democrat Jerry Brown, shared on Twitter a letter he wrote to the president, saying his state “thrives because we welcome immigrants and innovators across from across the globe.”