President Trump is expected to finally go to California.
The president, who has rarely crossed the Mississippi River during his first 13 months in office, is scheduled to visit California in mid-March to see prototypes for a potential border wall and learn more about the construction, according to administration officials involved in the planning.
He will also visit Los Angeles to attend a Republican National Committee fundraiser, these people said, one of a number of fundraisers he is expected to headline in the next two months.
The president’s trip to California has been floated several times but then scuttled. Trump prefers to sleep in his own bed at night, and some of his aides have been leery of a trip to the border because protests are likely amid debate over the president’s support for new immigration limits.
Trump has criticized California officials in recent days, threatening to pull immigration enforcement out of the country’s most populous state in retribution for what he deemed a “lousy management job.” He has also complained about “sanctuary cities” in California, where local municipalities do not cooperate with federal law enforcement officials.
Trump is not exactly a favorite person in California — he lost the state to Hillary Clinton in 2016 by 4 million votes. But Trump is close to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). And any border wall — his signature campaign promise — would run through California.