Trump to cap California trip with visit to the border

Trump to cap California trip with visit to the border

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial Vulnerable Democrats tout legislative wins, not impeachment Trump appears to set personal record for tweets in a day MORE on Wednesday will conclude his two-day fundraising trip through California with a stop at the southern border to tour a section of the wall near Otay Mesa.

The White House announced Tuesday night that Trump would visit Otay Mesa, which juts up against the U.S.-Mexico border, following two more fundraisers in southern California. The president will likely be briefed by border officials on the status of the project, which has been a cornerstone of his first-term agenda.


Trump arrived in California on Tuesday. He held fundraisers at private residences near Mountain View and in Beverley Hills.

He will hold fundraisers in Los Angeles and San Diego on Wednesday before making his way to the border. Following the border stop, he will return to San Diego for the flight back to Washington.

The president has made border security and curbing both legal and illegal immigration a hallmark of his agenda thus far. He has previously visited the border near San Diego on a couple occasions to inspect prototypes of his long-desired border wall.

Trump has pledged to supporters that hundreds of miles of the wall will be finished by the time of the 2020 election as he seeks to deliver on his most prominent campaign pledge from 2016. The administration has mostly devoted funds to repairing or replacing existing barriers thus far, though Trump has insisted that it qualifies as new wall.

The administration got a win from the Supreme Court earlier this year when a majority of justices ruled that it could use $2.5 billion military funds for wall construction.

The president made border security a central part of his campaign rally on Monday night in Rio Rancho, N.M. Trump sought to appeal to prospective Hispanic voters by arguing that they are among the most affected by illegal immigration and reiterating that he intended to finish constructing the border wall.