Air Force One touched down at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar on schedule just before 11:30 a.m. The president disembarked from the plane and walked directly to Marine One, the helicopter that whisked the presidential entourage to Brown Field near the US-Mexico border. From there, the president traveled to the border via motorcade, where he spent about an hour viewing the eight 30-foot-high sample walls that were built to offer an array of options for the wall Trump has promised to erect along the U.S.-Mexico border. Some are solid concrete, while others are made from a blend of materials including metal slats -- which Trump said would be the best choice to secure the country's southern border. "You have to have see-through. You have to know what's on the other side of the wall,'' Trump said. "You could be two feet away from a criminal cartel and not even know they're there.'' his supporters and opponents rallied in the border communities of San Ysidro and Otay Mesa. Chanting "build that wall'' and "we love Trump,'' a group of at least 100 supporters of the president and his plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border gathered in Otay Mesa. Meanwhile, anti-Trump protesters gathered near the Plaza Las Americas mall in San Ysidro with signs including "love has no borders'' and "no hate in the Golden State.'' After delivering scripted remarks accompanied by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, the president flew back to MCAS Miramar, where he spoke to thousands of Marines from the air station and Camp Pendleton, as well as troops representing the four other branches of the military. During the speech, which started at about 2 p.m., the president promised to give troops a pay raise and to buy new military aircraft. He also pledged to push for more space exploration, including a trip to Mars. The president reboarded Air Force One and left MCAS Miramar at about 2:40 p.m. for the short flight to Los Angeles International Airport. He was scheduled to appear at a Republican fundraiser in Beverly Hills, followed by a meeting with supporters on the Republican National Committee.
California’s sanctuary policies are illegal and unconstitutional and put the safety and security of our entire nation at risk. Thousands of dangerous & violent criminal aliens are released as a result of sanctuary policies, set free to prey on innocent Americans. THIS MUST STOP!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2018
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