Trump criticizes California over suit against border wall

Trump criticizes California over suit against border wall

Trump criticizes California over suit against border wall

If the federal government decides to take the money back, it doesn't have to wait for California to write a check.

Additionally, the letter pointed out that the project would not have been completed by 2022, when the state agreed to complete the work. Newsom has responded that this move is political payback for Trump's regular tangles with California; in particular, the Golden State joining others in challenging Trump's "national emergency" to get the border wall funded.

"I can't recall of any precedent", said Art Bauer, a longtime state Senate Transportation Committee staffer who was deeply involved in the early planning on the high-speed rail. The Governor acknowledged last week that the High Speed Rail project is over-budget, lacks transparency and can not be completed as originally told to voters in 2008.

By 2014, construction still had not begun, but in his State of the State address, then-Gov. Jerry Brown, was estimated to have been completed by 2033. According to Richard Batory, the administrator of the agency, California failed to make adequate progress or "effectively manage" the project.

The operating segment that Gov. Newsom says is going to continue would connect Bakersfield, Hanford, Fresno, Madera and Merced - covering a total distance of about 165 miles in the Central Valley. "There's been too little oversight and not enough transparency".

Gavin Newsom announced the scaling back of the state's high-speed rail project in his first State of the State speech last week.

The federal government's moves are the latest point of friction between the Trump administration and California's state government.

California is leading a 16-state coalition in challenging Trump's power to declare an emergency so he can accelerate his plans for a wall on the U.S. -Mexico border.

Trump linked the two together Tuesday in a tweet that referenced the lawsuit and said California "has wasted billions of dollars on their out of control Fast Train".

The train project has faced repeated cost overruns and delays since California voters approved it in 2008.

Governor Newsom is cracking down on cities that fail to comply with state affordable housing laws. Its budget has ballooned by the billions, projected ridership numbers have proven exaggerated, and the private investment that was promised never materialized. "We're not giving it back", he tweeted last week in response to Trump's threats.

Over the past week, President Trump has been hammering the failed project and using it as an example to bolster opposition to the Democrat's "Green New Deal".

"Fake news", Newsom wrote. The department gave the California High-Speed Rail Authority until March 5 to provide counterarguments before it said it would finalize the termination of its agreement.

Newsom replied to the President in a tweet: "We're building high-speed rail", adding, "This is CA's money, allocated by Congress for this project".

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