In a pre-Super Bowl interview with buddy Bill O'Reilly on Fox, President Trump once again said a number of frightening and angry-making things, including new comments praising Vladimir Putin, implying the US government had plenty of Kremlin-style blood on its hands, and sticking to his alternative-fact guns about three million people voting illegally in November elections. He also got on a tear about sanctuary cities, and responding to news last week of an effort by a California lawmaker to have all of the state become a sanctuary state, Trump said, "California is in many ways out of control," and added "I don't want to defund a state or a city. I don't want to defund anybody... [But] If they're going to have sanctuary cities, we may have to do that. Certainly that would be a weapon."
The Associated Press picked up the story, and in spite of the President's rhetoric, it should be noted that he sounded like he was hedging a bit on his threats, saying he wanted to make sure that cities have "the money they need to properly operate." But in a statement that is sure to rankle many Californians who have recently cited the debt that other states owes us in terms of the much larger amount the state pays into federal coffers versus what we get in return Trump said, "We give tremendous amounts of money to California," and suggested his administration was on a "collision course" with the entire state, per the Huffington Post.
Also, in yet another statement with no facts to back it up, Trump suggested that sanctuary cities such as Los Angeles, Sacramento, and San Francisco "breed crime, [and] there's a lot of problems."
If you haven't yet thrown your coffee mug across the room, here's another item to add to the angry bank: California Republicans in Congress, newly empowered with Trump in the White House, are calling for a wholesale audit of the high-speed rail project and say they want to delay $647 million in federal funding that is set to fund the electrification of the Caltrain lines, as the Chronicle reports. The Caltrain project, which is a step necessary to connect the eventual high-speed rail from San Jose to San Francisco, would be effectively killed if the funding is the funding is delayed even a few months, because it will mean having to rebid contract work that is already underway.
The funding arrives on the desk of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao in a week or two, and advocates for Caltrain and the high-speed rail are hoping that Peninsula tech titans can somehow save it from delay.