California Gov. Gavin Newsom clapped back at President Donald Trump's demand for his state to return $3 billion.
In a Wednesday tweet, Trump said that because California is putting their bullet train on hold that the state must repay the federal dollars that helped subsidize the project. As a fact check, Newsom didn't stop the idea of high-speed rail in California, rather he put the bullet train on hold.
"Fake news," Newsom said to Trump in a tweet. "We’re building high-speed rail, connecting the Central Valley and beyond. This is CA’s money, allocated by Congress for this project. We’re not giving it back. The train is leaving the station — better get on board! (Also, desperately searching for some wall $$??)"
After Trump's tweet, many wondered if the president was searching for ways to find money to supplement the 1,000-mile concrete border wall that he promised Mexico would fund.
Fake news. We’re building high-speed rail, connecting the Central Valley and beyond. This is CA’s money, allocated… https://t.co/Med92ziSgX— Gavin Newsom (@Gavin Newsom)1550110224.0