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California And Trump Face Off Over High Speed Rail Money And Border Emergency

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Gov. Gavin Newsom meets with TSA employees at Sacramento International Airport during the federal government shutdown.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

For this week’s Capitol Chat, CapRadio Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler unpacks California’s latest squabbles with the Trump Administration.

President Donald Trump threatened to reclaim federal funds for California’s high speed rail project this week. Gov. Gavin Newsom responded, “I have no interest in sending back $3.5 billion of federal funding that was allocated to this project to President Donald Trump.”

Meanwhile, California lawmakers are speaking out against President Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border to redirect funds towards a border wall project. California and 15 other states announced that they would be suing the administration over the declaration shortly afterwards. As Newsom and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced the suit, Newsom said,“Donald Trump, we’ll see you in court.”

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