Trump wants California to pay back billions for bullet train

by AP
February 20, 2019

The Trump administration said Tuesday that it plans to cancel $929 million awarded to California’s high-speed rail project and wants the state to return an additional $2.5 billion that it has already spent.

The U.S. Department of Transportation announcement follows through on President Donald Trump’s threats to claw back $3.5 billion that the federal government gave to California to build a bullet train between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Gov. Gavin Newsom vowed a fight to keep the money and said the move was in response to California again suing the administration, this time over Trump’s emergency declaration to pay for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“This is clear political retribution by President Trump, and we won’t sit idly by,” Newsom said in a statement. “This is California’s money, and we are going to fight for it.”

1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • BruceW says:

    Dear Gov Newsom, What makes you think there would be any “retribution” by President Trump for suing the Federal Government for protecting our boarders? Well you may be right, but then again what goes around comes around, particularly in politics. If you are not happy with those facts stay out of the sandbox!

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