President Trump visits troops, promising pay raise - and maybe 'space force'

US president is off to visit California first time since he won the election

Donald Trump examined eight different styles of walls on the USA border with Mexico, prototypes for the barrier he promised to build to keep out illegal immigrants and drugs.

President Donald Trump once again blasted Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and California Gov.

On the other side of the border, a small group of anti-Trump protesters vented their frustration, and announced plans to boycott U.S. businesses over the frontier. "Finally we have someone who is putting America first". President Trump is scheduled to visit the site of the border wall prototypes which can be seen in the background behind the wall.

"And by the way, the state of California is begging us to build walls in certain areas", he added. Such decision represented a victory for Trump, but it did not mean the construction would start immediately, because Congress still has to authorize or allocate funds to begin the project.

The president also renewed his criticism of sanctuary jurisdictions - including those in California - saying they should be stripped of federal grant funding.

Throughout the president's visit to the border, protesters and journalists watched from rooftops on the Mexican side of the existing border fence - under the watchful eye of police on both sides.

Trump will visit eight towering prototypes for the wall before addressing Marines, also in San Diego, and attending a fundraiser in Los Angeles. The Justice Department recently sued over state laws that limit cooperation with immigration authorities, which state officials have harshly criticized. He says taxes in California "are double and triple what they should be".

As protesters stood around and shouted that they didn't want the walls between the USA and Mexico, Trump continued to detail just how the walls will work.

Organizers of Women's March San Diego plan to be at the protest site with a large sign urging Trump to "build bridges, not walls" in anticipation that he will fly by helicopter to the prototype site.

"I think that this is an important thing that the president has talked about - the safety and security of the country - and strongly feels that the wall is a big part of that, " White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said during a Washington, D.C., briefing Monday. "You could be two feet away from a criminal cartel and not even know they're there", he said.

The mayor says a popular cross-border airport terminal connecting San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, shows that "building bridges has worked wonders". "THIS MUST STOP!" he wrote.

On the Mexican side, federal police had to persuade around 50 demonstrators not to burn a yellow-haired pinata in Trump's likeness.

This isn't Trump's first visit to the border. In July 2015, just weeks after declaring his candidacy, Trump traveled to Laredo, Texas, accompanied by a presidential-sized motorcade that included two coach buses packed with reporters.

In his typical fashion, Trump will cause a lot of headache and then have taxpayers foot the bill, as LAPD puts massive resources into protecting the president.

"I'll take you to East L.A. and Boyle Heights, " he said.

Jeff Schwilk, founder of San Diegans for Secure Borders, whose group participated in a rally in December near the prototypes that ended in clashes with counter-protesters, said the council's resolution does not reflect the views of many residents who feel the border is not secure.

"This is an environmental catastrophe, on top of a misallocation of government resources that could be used for health care or social services", Cody Petterson, president of the San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action, said of the wall. "It's something that he's going to continue to push for".

"If you don't have a wall system, we're not going to have a country", Trump said as he pointed to a scrap-metal barricade that now delineates a portion of the southern border.

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