President Trump on Tuesday doubled down on his criticism of America’s most populous state and its governor.
In an early-morning tweet, Trump warned “the high crime rate will only get higher” because Gov. Jerry Brown has refused to deploy National Guard troops along the border with Mexico. Instead, the troops will be assigned statewide.
According to the latest FBI Uniform Crime Report, California has a violent crime rate of 445 per 100,000 inhabitants, ranking it 15th nationally and well below states far from the border like Arkansas with a rate of 551 and Alaska with 804.
The California-bashing tweet came at 5:24 a.m. Pacific Time after a tweet about Trump’s upcoming meeting with Japanese Prime Minister
Looks like Jerry Brown and California are not looking for safety and security along their very porous Border. He cannot come to terms for the National Guard to patrol and protect the Border. The high crime rate will only get higher. Much wanted Wall in San Diego already started!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 17, 2018
The wall he is apparently referring to is work underway to replace two miles of existing fence in downtown Calexico, about 120 miles from San Diego.
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