White House Says it Will Move to Position National Guard at Border — With or Without California’s Cooperation
The White House said Friday that it would move on with a plan to use 2,000 to 4,000 National Guard troops to patrol the Southwestern border, whether or not California chooses to go along.
“We’re going to continue to work with California and we’re hopeful that they’ll do the right thing,” Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters.
California is the only state among the four along the border that is run by a Democratic governor, Jerry Brown. Sanders said the plan — which has only been outlined loosely — could still take shape with Guard troops from the other three states.
President Trump has repeatedly clashed with California over policy, particularly around the environment and immigration. Brown has accused Trump of “going to war” against the state. Trump, while visiting the state last month, said that “Brown’s done a very poor job running California.”
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