Trump's Snub of This State Not Seen Since Eisenhower

It's not expected the president will show up in 'deep-blue' California anytime soon
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2017 1:40 PM CST
Trump's Snub of This State Not Seen Since Eisenhower
In a file photo from Sunday, President Trump talks to the media during a Christmas Eve video teleconference with members of the mIlitary at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

President Trump has visited almost three-fifths of the nation's states since he's taken office, but among those he hasn't graced, there's one notable omission: California, the nation's "most populous and economically powerful state," which the Los Angeles Times notes hasn't been snubbed by a US president during his first year since Eisenhower. This despite the Golden State housing some of the GOP's richest supporters, being ravaged by wildfires in 2017—Trump visited other states, including Texas and Florida, after they were hit by hurricanes—and drawing Trump several times during the presidential campaign. But the Times notes California, which voted for Hillary Clinton over Trump 61% to 31%, has become, in Trump's mind, "ground zero for 'the resistance'" against his agenda, specifically regarding climate change and immigration.

Trump has offered previous hints that he and California aren't BFFs: Right after the election, he alleged voter fraud there, and he said the state was "out of control" during a Fox News appearance in February. "It's hard to imagine an environment less alluring to him right now than deep-blue California," a USC poli-sci professor notes, adding "we probably shouldn't hold our breath" Trump will show up there anytime in the near future. If he ever does get out West, the "homebody president," who often stays at his own properties when he's not at the White House, can hole up at Los Angeles' Trump National Golf Club, the Times notes—though he apparently didn't enjoy a previous stay in LA. "I'm in Los Angeles and it's freezing. Global warming is a total, and very expensive, hoax!" he tweeted in December 2013. (Coincidentally, a new global warming tweet from Trump has just emerged.)

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