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Border wall, bullet train: California vs. Trump escalates

Border wall, bullet train: California vs. Trump escalates

In a statement Tuesday, Newsom said the Trump administration's threat "is clear political retribution" tied to California's involvement in a lawsuit challenging the president's emergency declaration to build a border wall.

Despite the fact that Trump had previously declared support for high-speed rail (because countries like China have it), he mocked the California bullet train on Twitter and pointed out he's asking for far less for his border wall.

The Trump Administration said on Tuesday that it plans to cancel $929 million for California high-speed rail and wants the state to return $2.5 billion.

"As I predicted, 16 states, led mostly by Open Border Democrats and the Radical Left, have filed a lawsuit in, of course, the 9th Circuit!"

The administration's move comes amid escalating tensions between it and Democratic leaders of the most populous US state. "This is California's money, and we are going to fight for it".

The Trump administration said Tuesday it would cancel nearly $1 billion in funding for the California high-speed rail network, casting doubt on whether the state will be able to complete even the first phase of the troubled project. "We want that money back now", the president tweeted. "The current project, as planned, would cost too much and take too long". The initial goal was to complete the $77.3 billion 520-mile (826.8 km) project by the year 2033.

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He said the state would focus on completing a shorter segment in the state's Central Valley while seeking new funding sources for the longer route.

He claimed the "failed Fast Train project" was beset by "world record setting" cost overruns and had become "hundreds of times more expensive than the desperately needed Wall!" Trump said in a tweet Wednesday morning.

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". However, the Democratic governor insisted he isn't killing the rest of the project altogether and said the state will explore ways of financing a project that links the Bay Area with Southern California.

Art Bauer, a California Senate Transportation Committee staffer, told the Los Angeles Times he could not recall any precedent for such an action, but that "the governor unwittingly gave the federal government a reason to back away from the project".

California Gov. Gavin Newsom, meanwhile, vowed to fight to keep the money, alleging that the move by the federal government was retaliation for the lawsuit.

The Federal Railroad Administration determined that the California High-Speed Rail Authority, the state-run organization tasked with overseeing the project "has materially failed to comply with the terms" of the agreement that promised $929m in federal funds for construction, Batory wrote in a letter to Brian Kelly, the authority's chief executive. Instead it could withhold money from other transportation projects.

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