UPDATED 7:01 AM PT – Tuesday, February 12, 2019
California Governor Gavin Newsom is striking another anti-Trump tone by announcing his decision to withdraw most of the state’s National Guard from the border.
This comes after 400 members of the California National Guard were deployed there by Newsom’s predecessor Jerry Brown.
While speaking Monday, Newsom claimed he would no longer take part in what he called “political theater” concerning illegal immigration.
“As many of you know, based on my previous comments and comments that I have made as recently as yesterday, I think this whole border issue is manufactured,” said the California governor. “The crisis on the border is a manufactured crisis and we are not interested in participating in this political theater.”
Newsom said National Guard officials will instead be used to help with wildfire suppression and drug enforcement. However, he noted roughly 100 troops will remain behind, mostly at ports of entry, to help protect against drug and gun smuggling.
The Trump administration has not yet responded to Newsom’s announcement.