California attorney general on secession: State is 'economic engine' of US

California attorney general on secession: State is 'economic engine' of US
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California Attorney General Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraTop California regulator: Emissions rule change 'blows a hole' in air pollution standards Industry wins big in methane rules rollback Overnight Energy: Watchdog to investigate EPA over Hurricane Harvey | Panel asks GAO to expand probe into sexual harassment in science | States sue over methane rules rollback MORE (D) said in response to a question about secession on Sunday that California will try to do everything it can to continue to be a leader in the U.S. 

During an interview on "Fox News Sunday," Becerra was asked if he would be comfortable with a ballot initiative relating to secession.

Becerra said there are people in California who are frustrated with the Trump administration "constantly taking digs and hurting California."

"California is the economic engine of the United States of America, we on our own, as a state, could be the sixth economic power in the world," he said.

"The U.S. needs California as much as I believe California needs to be part of the United States."

Becerra said California will do everything it can to be the "leading force" in the U.S., rather than "be out of it."

"I think we can continue to be the leader in it," he said.

His comments come after former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon warned California may try to secede from the U.S. in the next decade if Republicans don't attempt to reassume control of the state.

He pointed to the state's defiance of federal mandates including its protections for so-called sanctuary cities, which limit local cooperation with federal immigration agents.