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

A Democratic California congressman says that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons' Rocket attack hits Baghdad's Green Zone amid escalating tensions: reports Buttigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' 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 GaramendiOvernight Defense: Lawmakers on edge over Iran tensions | Questions rise after State pulls personnel from Iraq | Senators demand briefing | House panel advances 0B Pentagon spending bill | Warren offers plan on climate threats to military House Dems unveil bill to limit Pentagon's ability to transfer military construction dollars Unchain seniors from chained inflation index 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 BecerraOvernight Energy: Trump moves forward with rule on California drilling | House panel advances bill that resumes participation in Paris climate fund | Perry pressed on 'environmental justice' | 2020 Dem proposes climate corps Trump administration moves forward with final rule to allow new California drilling Overnight Energy: Interior chief says climate response falls on Congress | Bernhardt insists officials will complete offshore drilling plans | Judge rules EPA must enforce Obama landfill pollution rules MORE (D) have brought against the Trump administration over issues such as immigration and the environment.


"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."