Protests in California as Trump views prototypes of 'big beautiful border wall'

US President Donald Trump is set to make his first visit to California- a state that is at odds with his administration over issues ranging from immigration to guns- since taking office

Before leaving San Diego, a military port, the president congratulated troops at Miramar Marine Corps air base on the coalition's taking back "almost 100 percent" of the Islamic State group's captured territory in Syria and Iraq.

President Trump stressed the need for a border wall as he visited prototypes in California.

"I think Governor Brown's done a very poor job running California".

It was something that Donald Trump always said he would do if he became president of the United States, and it looks like it is finally going to happen.

He further slammed the Democrat for immigration and tax policy adding that while he thought Brown was a "nice guy" but "has not done the job".

Even though Trump thinks existing walls are "easy" to climb over, in the next breath, he said he only wants to build ones that are impossible to surmount.

"I'll take you to East L.A. and Boyle Heights", he said. "We are coming out here to support our president and show him that there are a lot of California Trump supporters here, and we are all coming together and banding together to let him know that we're here for him", said San Diego resident Amy Sutton. "Save taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars by reducing crime, drug flow, welfare fraud, and burdens on schools and hospitals", the president said.

Construction of the eight wall prototypes in the San Diego area were completed in October of previous year.

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Trump's insistence that Mexico pay for the wall has soured relations and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto recently canceled plans to visit Washington amid continuing disagreement. "And California remains the 6th largest economy in the world and the most prosperous state in America".

California has been at the forefront of resistance to the Republican leader's anti-immigration agenda and at odds with his stance on a number of other issues, from gun control to marijuana and the environment.

Trump appeared engaged as he was briefed on eight towering prototypes, including one with blue steel on top.

Speaking as he inspected prototypes in San Diego Tuesday, the President said: 'I do have a preference.

Shortly after landing, Trump told reporters that California Gov.

The president said Tuesday that the state's sanctuary policies "put the entire nation at risk". "The criminals take refuge in these sanctuary cities and it's very risky for our police and enforcement folks, " he said. In the evening, Trump will attend a GOP fundraiser in Beverly Hills. Thousands of unsafe & violent criminal aliens are released as a result of sanctuary policies, set free to prey on innocent Americans. Protests were also held on the Mexican side, in Tijuana.

Trump is expected to spend the night in the Los Angeles area before heading to the St. Louis area on Wednesday. And he said the wall has to be made very hard to scale because undocumented immigrants are like "professional mountain climbers".

After construction was completed, the prototypes were tested on several fronts, including on withstanding breaches, climbing, digging, their ability to slow down and stop border traffic, and whether they are safe for Border Patrol agents.

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