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

A Democratic California congressman says that President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived' as way to perpetuate slavery Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals to visit White House on Monday Transportation Dept requests formal audit of Boeing 737 Max certification 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 GaramendiTrump's emergency declaration looms over Pentagon funding fight House Dems demand Pentagon provide details about plans to fund Trump border wall Dem lawmaker: 'The president has it in for California' 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 BecerraDems prepare next steps after Trump's veto Uber to pay million to settle fight over driver benefits, pay Judge blocks Trump administration from adding citizenship question to 2020 census 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."