Californian Governor Gavin Newsom plans to withdraw all state troops from the border with Mexico, apparently in defiance of President Donald Trump’s position, which depicts a national security crisis there, media said on Monday.
The governor of the Democratic Party will announce in a speech on Tuesday that he will charge the National Guard with a new mission so as not to get involved in a “political play,” media outlets said.
The move was similar to a decision taken last week by New Mexico Governor Michele Logan Gresham to order most of the National Guard troops deployed along the state border with Mexico to withdraw, rejecting what the president saw as a crisis there.
Trump has repeatedly referred to threats of illegal immigrants crossing the country’s border with Mexico and making the construction of a border wall a priority for his presidency, but Democrats are trying to thwart it and say it is unnecessary and wasteful.
An excerpt from Newsom’s letter suggests he will redeploy troops to support efforts to combat forest fires and drug trafficking.