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Trump to visit California next week, finally

Noah Bierman, Tribune Washington Bureau on

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump, the first president since Dwight Eisenhower to skip a visit to California in his initial year in office, finally will come to the Golden State on Tuesday to inspect prototypes for his proposed southern border wall, according to an administration official.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday said Trump would visit next week. Another official, speaking on condition of anonymity to divulge internal planning, confirmed the president would spend Tuesday in the state with which he's had the most fraught relationship.

The visit comes as the relationship between Trump and the Democratic state government has reached a new level of toxicity. Many residents consider California to be the center of resistance to Trump, and he has returned the sentiment, often criticizing the state -- and suing it. The administration filed suit this week to enforce federal immigration actions.

Trump plans to visit border wall prototypes in San Diego and attend a Republican fundraiser.

Franklin D. Roosevelt didn't visit California as president for roughly 2 1/2 years into his first term. He came west by train to dedicate the new Hoover Dam along the Nevada-Arizona border and to visit Los Angeles; no president had yet done an official trip by air.

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