White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Wednesday that President Donald Trump will visit California next week, a journey that could include a Los Angeles-area fundraiser.
Sanders did not give details of the trip, confirming only that Trump “will be headed to California next week.”
The Washington Post reported last week that Trump plans to visit the San Diego area to view the eight, 30-foot-tall border wall prototypes that have erected in Otay Mesa. But the trip will also include a Republican National Committee fundraiser in Los Angeles, The Post reported.
The trip will be Trump’s first to California since taking office. Asked why it has taken Trump so long to visit the state, Sanders said, “I think it’s because he’s been busy growing the economy, creating jobs, defeating ISIS, remaking the judiciary.”
Confirmation of the trip came on the heels of a lawsuit filed against California by the U.S. Department of Justice challenging a trio of state laws that offer protections to people living in the country illegally. Trump has been openly critical of the state’s political leaders and policies.
“They’re doing a lousy management job, they have the highest taxes in the nation and they don’t know what’s happening out there. Frankly it’s a disgrace, the sanctuary city situation, the protection of these horrible criminals,” Trump said last month.