The state government of California and the Trump administration have sparred on a wide array of issues at this point, many of which have centered on immigration policy.
In that light, it’s hardly surprising that California Governor Jerry Brown, who leads a state that shares a border with Mexico, has proven unwilling to blindly go along with the president’s recently revealed plans to deploy the National Guard to the border with Mexico.
Gov. Brown did deploy 400 National Guard troops this week, but not for border patrol duty. Instead, Brown signed off on the troops being deployed to “combat criminal gangs, human traffickers and illegal firearm and drug smugglers.”
You’d think that the president would be happy with this development, since in theory, his aggressive stance on immigration is about keeping criminals from making their way to the United States.
The Los Angeles Times reported this week that a spokesperson for Brown stated that the federal government had agreed to pay for the cost of the mission, but the president has now turned around to say not so fast.
He posted a message to Twitter this Thursday reading:
‘Governor Jerry Brown announced he will deploy “up to 400 National Guard Troops” to do nothing. The crime rate in California is high enough, and the Federal Government will not be paying for Governor Brown’s charade. We need border security and action, not words!’
So will the government be funding the California National Guard mission or won’t they? Time will tell. For now, the president of the United States is continuing his campaign to undercut the leader of the nation’s most populous state.