President Trump visits Southern California on Tuesday

United States President Donald Trump on Tuesday made his first presidential visit to California.

Following his tour of the prototypes, Trump spoke to members of the military at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

The trip Tuesday, which has brought him the Otay Mesa area of San Diego, includes a tour of the eight options that his administration has selected for testing - and that might serve as his long-promised wall along the border of the US and Mexico, if Congress decides to allot the funds to do so.

Meanwhile, Trump himself - making his first visit as president to California, a state he has lambasted for not complying with his immigration laws - touched down to view the eight 30-foot-tall prototypes.

"Thank you, President Trump, for putting America first again - we welcome you to California". Jerry Brown. He says Brown is a "nice guy" but "has not done the job".

Protests are also planned across the border in Tijuana, Mexico, when Trump visits the wall prototypes built along the global border to fulfill his signature campaign promise.

The sections of wall, more imposing than the existing border barrier at 30 feet high, have undergone rigorous testing in the meantime at an undisclosed location.

Congress has yet to approve the funding amid skepticism and Democratic opposition, but an administration official said the wall would save far more money than it cost. She said the arrests of more than 150 people were "intended exclusively to terrorize innocent immigrant families".

During his visit, Mr Trump took aim at so-called "sanctuary cities" in California - local governments that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration officials seeking to deport illegal immigrants.

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Trump was expected Tuesday to be briefed on lessons learned from the construction of the prototypes built in San Diego last fall.

In line with promises of new gear, Trump said the USA would "lead again" on the final frontier and introduced his administration's strategy for space exploration "recognizes space is a war-fighting domain". "THIS MUST STOP!" he wrote. Each side booed, cheered and waved both Mexican and American flags as the president's convoy sped past them.

"We call on all organizations who stand against fascism, imperialism, capitalism, racism and all forms of hatred to join this action, " according to an event posting on Facebook.

Given the timing, it's hard to believe statements by White House staff that Trump's visit is not a political move. In July 2015, just weeks after declaring his candidacy, Trump traveled to Laredo, Texas, accompanied by a presidential-sized motorcade that included two coach buses packed with reporters. I said maybe we'll need a new force.

The mayor, a business-friendly Republican and ardent supporter of the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta), said a popular cross-border airport terminal connecting San Diego and Tijuana shows that "building bridges has worked wonders".

Jeff Schwilk, founder of San Diegans for Secure Borders, whose group participated in a rally in December near the prototypes that ended in clashes with counter-protesters, said the council's resolution does not reflect the views of many residents who feel the border is not secure. He said his organization respects free speech and hopes Tuesday's rally will be safe for participants. Built by private contractors from across the country, from Maryland to Arizona, the prototypes have been funded with $20 million from Customs and Border Protection.

San Diego's city council past year passed a resolution opposing Trump's proposed wall. The Department of Homeland Security has said future border barrier designs will likely include a combination of ideas presented from various prototypes.

On Monday Sanders stressed that the wall is something Trump "is not going to back away from" and will continue to push for.

  • Sonia Alvarado