Trump: California wall won’t happen until ‘whole wall’ OK’d
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump threatened Wednesday to prevent construction of a border wall with Mexico in California that the state sued to stop.
In an early-morning tweet, Trump said he “decided that sections of the Wall that California wants built NOW will not be built until the whole Wall is approved.”
California, however, joined four environmental advocacy groups in challenging the wall construction, arguing the Trump administration had overreached when it waived environmental reviews and other laws.
And Gonzalo Curiel, the federal judge who was taunted by Trump during the 2016 campaign for his Mexican heritage, sided with the president Tuesday in rejecting California’s arguments. Trump hailed the ruling as a “big victory.”
The White House did not immediately answer questions about the tweet.
Trump has been increasingly annoyed at California, castigating the state for limiting its cooperation with federal immigration authorities. Last week, he threatened to pull the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency out of the state in reprisal — an idea so unlikely that some of Trump’s staunchest critics dismissed it as bluster.
Trump also has been frustrated in his efforts to get funding for the border wall, one of his central campaign promises. His administration has proposed spending $1.6 billion to extend the wall 60 miles in Texas and replace 14 miles in California, specifically in San Diego. It wants $1.6 billion to extend the wall 65 miles next year, all of it in Texas. Congress has yet to approve the spending.