Newsom: 'Trump is scared of California,' the 'most un-Trump state in America'

Newsom: 'Trump is scared of California,' the 'most un-Trump state in America'
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California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomNewsom warns of 'massive' budget cuts if California implements Trump unemployment plan Governors air frustrations with Trump on unemployment plans Overnight Health Care: Nearly 100,000 children tested positive for coronavirus over two weeks last month | Democrats deny outreach to Trump since talks collapsed | California public health chief quits suddenly MORE (D) said Monday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrat calls on White House to withdraw ambassador to Belarus nominee TikTok collected data from mobile devices to track Android users: report Peterson wins Minnesota House primary in crucial swing district MORE is “scared of California,” calling it the “most un-Trump state in America.” 

Newsom was responding to Trump’s State of the Union address last week, in which he criticized California for “costing taxpayers vast and unaffordable amounts of money,” and for the state’s sanctuary law protecting undocumented immigrants. 

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“We are the most un-Trump state in America,” he said. “We are also the most diverse state in America.”

Newsom added that the state, with the fifth largest economy in the world, has proven that progressive values “work at scale.”

“Trump is scared of California,” he said.

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The governor encouraged the audience to focus more on local, county and state government accomplishments and get a “frame of optimism” instead of concentrating exclusively on Washington. 

Newsom also told the hosts on “The View” that he has “no interest” in becoming the next vice president.

“Honestly, I have no interest in that,” he said. “I love my job. I really do love my job.”

Newsom and his state have repeatedly been targets of criticism from Trump, who has slammed the governor over handling of homelessness and wildfires, among other issues.

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