White House: No Trump visit to San Diego to see wall prototypes scheduled yet

Los Angeles Times Politics 7 months ago


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President Trump has discussed traveling to San Diego to see border wall prototypes, and White House officials are known to have been discussing plans for a possible trip, but a Trump administration official said Monday that there is still nothing in that regard on Trump’s short-term schedule “as of now.”

The official requested anonymity to discuss the internal schedule, which is updated often and usually not made public until days or hours before Trump makes a public appearance.

Trump plans to deliver the State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday, Jan. 30, and is likely to talk about his signature campaign promise, the border wall. Presidents traditionally travel after those speeches to promote their agendas.

Trump said in December that he might be visiting the prototypes soon, and local officials have moved to prevent public protests in the area. 

Contractors built eight wall prototypes in the fall, at a cost of $300,000 and $500,000 for each prototype, and military and law enforcement personnel have been testing them. 

If Trump does travel to see the prototypes, it would be his first visit to California since taking office. Since Dwight D. Eisenhower, no president has gone so long without visiting the state.

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