(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is preparing to deliver his first State of the State address a day after declaring he wouldn’t participate in the Trump administration’s “political theater” over border security.
His address will offer yet another opportunity for Newsom to outline his vision for California, a state dominated by Democrats, and contrast it with stalemates in Washington.
Newsom, 51, has sparred repeatedly with Trump and excerpts of his speech indicate he’ll rebut pieces of the State of the Union address delivered by Trump.
Newsom announced Monday he’ll withdraw most of California’s 360 National Guard troops working with the federal government at the Mexico border.
Newsom disputed Trump’s claim there is a crisis on the border and any need for National Guard troops was eliminated when Trump chose earlier this month to add 3,750 more U.S. troops at the border.
Newsom has laid out his vision for California twice already, in his inaugural address and through his first crack at the state budget.
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