Newsom: California will not be part of Trump’s ‘political theater’

SAN FRANCISCO — Newly minted California Gov. Gavin Newsom doubled down Tuesday on his mission to resist White House policies that he says run counter to the interests of his state — and in his view, the nation.

“The answer to the White House is, no more division and no more xenophobia,” Newsom, 51, told lawmakers during his first State of the State address in Sacramento.

During his speech, Newsom confirmed news that he was ordering National Guard troops off border patrol detail and redeploying most of the 360 personnel to wildfire and drug-gang duty. 

The withdrawal echoes the recent decision of New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, and is a rebuke to both President Donald Trump and former California Gov. Jerry Brown, who issued the order. National Guard troops are paid with federal funds but are under state control.

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