Trump 'not thrilled' with Newsom decision to halt death penalty in California

President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel faces double-edged sword with Alex Jones, Roger Stone Trump goes after Woodward, Costa over China Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves MORE on Wednesday voiced opposition to California Gov. Gavin Newsom's (D) plans to suspend the death penalty in the state.

"Defying voters, the Governor of California will halt all death penalty executions of 737 stone cold killers," Trump tweeted. "Friends and families of the always forgotten VICTIMS are not thrilled, and neither am I!"

The president chimed in amid numerous reports that Newsom will announce the suspension of the death penalty on Wednesday.


Newsom will cite the financial costs, the finality of the practice and its racial imbalance in describing it as "inconsistent with our bedrock values," according to a statement released late Tuesday.

The governor will use an executive order to spare the state's death row inmates from execution, but the individuals will remain incarcerated. The Washington Post reported that California's 737 death row inmates make up roughly a quarter of the nation's prisoners awaiting execution.

The Post reported that no executions are scheduled in California, and the state last carried one out in 2006.

Voters in California rejected a 2016 measure that would have abolished the death penalty in the state.

California will join Maryland, Connecticut, Illinois and Washington, among other states, in doing away with the death penalty.

Trump has in recent months feuded with Newsom over the state's high-speed rail plan and government aid for wildfire victims. Newsom took office in January.