While visiting California, he attacked the Democratic run state accusing it of putting “the entire nation at risk” by refusing to take tough action against illegal immigration
Donald Trump has inspected eight prototypes for his long-sought after border wall at the American border with Mexico.
While visiting California, he attacked the Democratic run state accusing it of putting “the entire nation at risk” by refusing to take tough action against illegal immigration.
The US leader was making his first trip to the Golden State since becoming President.
During his tour, he said he preferred a fully concrete wall because it was the hardest to climb, but noted that it needed to be see-through.
Trump said the first thing he noticed on the drive to the border was the patched-up holes in part of the existing fence.
“We have a lousy wall over here now, but at least it stops 90, 95 percent,” he said.
“When we put up the real wall, we’re going to stop 99 percent. Maybe more than that.
“The border wall is truly our first line of defence.
“The wall will save hundreds of billions of dollars, many, many times what it’s going to cost.”
The president’s visit on Tuesday came just one week after his Department of Justice announced its plan to sue California over “obstructing federal immigration enforcement efforts.”
Before his arrival, the president tweeted that “thousands of dangerous, violent criminal aliens are released” as a result of California’s immigration sanctuary policies
He renewed his criticism of Democratic Governor Jerry Brown over his refusal to cooperate with federal authorities to detain immigrants, saying the policy is the “best friend” of criminals.
“They’re the best friend of the criminal,” Trump said.
“That’s what exactly is happening. The criminals take refuge in these sanctuary cities and it’s very dangerous for our police and enforcement folks.”