California Gov. Newsom blasts Trump 'political theater,' pulls most troops from border
Added 02-11-19 08:02:01pm EST - “California Gov. Gavin Newsom's decision to pull troops from the border is another sign the new governor is taking a more activist approach than his predecessor against President Donald Trump's policies.” - Cnbc.com
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LOS ANGELES — Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom tore into President Donald Trump's policies Monday during a press conference where he spoke about his decision to pull the majority of the state's National Guard troops from the U.S.-Mexico border.
"This crisis on the border is a manufactured crisis," Newsom told reporters. "We are not interested in participating in this political theater."
The decision to pull 260 of the state's 360 troops from the border follows Trump's State of the Union address last week in which he repeated concerns about a border crisis. Newsom's action is another sign the new governor, after just over a month in office, is taking a more activist approach when it comes to Trump's policies than California's previous governor, Jerry Brown.
Last April, Brown agreed to send about 400 of the state's troops to the border at the request of Trump, who cited "a crisis" at the border due to a "combination of illegal drugs, dangerous gang activity, and extensive illegal immigration."
Newsom signed an order Monday to withdraw 260 troops in a challenge to Trump's original request. The remaining 100 troops will conduct operations primarily around ports of entry, supporting federal efforts to combat drug and gun trafficking.
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