Dem lawmaker: 'The president has it in for California'

A Democratic California congressman says that President TrumpDonald John TrumpLiz Cheney: 'Send her back' chant 'inappropriate' but not about race, gender Booker: Trump is 'worse than a racist' Top Democrat insists country hasn't moved on from Mueller MORE has an ax to grind against his state after the Trump administration announced that the Department of Transportation would seek the return of federal funds for a high-speed rail project that California recently announced it would scale back.

Rep. John GaramendiJohn Raymond GaramendiBipartisan House duo unveils amendment to block Iran strike without Congress's approval House panel shoots down funding, deployment of low-yield nukes in defense bill Overnight Defense: Latest on House defense bill markup | Air Force One, low-yield nukes spark debate | House Dems introduce resolutions blocking Saudi arms sales | Trump to send 1,000 troops to Poland MORE told CNN on Wednesday that the move by the Transportation Department amounted to "payback" for the numerous lawsuits state officials led by Attorney General Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraTrump drops bid to add citizenship question to 2020 census Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids — Appeals court appears skeptical of upholding ObamaCare mandate | Drug pricing deal faces GOP pushback | Trump officials look for plan B after court strikes drug TV ad rule Democratic group hits GOP attorneys general in six-figure ad campaign on ObamaCare MORE (D) have brought against the Trump administration over issues such as immigration and the environment.

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"Well, of course it's payback, and it's not the first time that the president has threatened California," Garamendi said.

"The president has it in for California," he continued. "But we'll just shrug our shoulders and go about doing that we're doing, which is to create the fifth-biggest economy in the world, to continue to create jobs, and to continue to push back against terrible policies by an angry man in the White House."

His remarks came hours after the Trump administration announced that it was canceling nearly $929 million in grants planned for California's high-speed rail system, which the state still plans to build between San Francisco and Los Angeles, and would additionally explore "every legal option to seek the return from California of $2.5 billion in Federal funds (Federal Railroad Administration) previously granted for this now-defunct project."

California's governor replied to one of Trump's critical tweets, vowing to fight the administration over the money's return.

"We're building high-speed rail," Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) tweeted, adding, "This is CA's money, allocated by Congress for this project. We're not giving it back."