March 13, 2018 at 9:59 am PDT | by Karen Ocamb
Trump visits SoCal

Trump visits SoCal amid administration chaos.

Donald Trump’s trip to Southern California Tuesday is expected to snarl traffic, even if he will spend much of his travel aboard the Marine One helicopter, according the Los Angeles Times which has a breakdown of his schedule. The rain hitting LA and Orange County—prompting mandatory mudslide evacuations in areas devastated by the recent fires—apparently will not hit San Diego as Trump inspects prototypes of the 30-foot wall he has promised to build along the southern border. Trump insists that Mexico will pay for the wall, which Mexico adamantly denies.  His visit comes roughly one week after his administration sued California over its “sanctuary city” immigration policies.

Protests are expected both in San Diego and in Beverly Hills, where Trump will attend a fundraiser Tuesday night that is expected to bring in $5 million primarily for his reelection.

“The RNC said there are 90 expected attendees. Minimum contributions are $35,000, and guests can pay up to $250,000 each for a roundtable discussion and photo with the president, “ the LA Times reports. 

“Proceeds benefit the Trump Victory reelection campaign and various RNC accounts. The location will not be made public.”

A lot of Trump’s schedule is not being made public, allegedly for security reasons, though the whereabouts of the president is generally a matter of public record with at least a pool reporter in attendance. However, the LAPD noted that’s not the case with Trump.

“While the Department is well rehearsed at dealing with presidential visits, every administration brings with it unique challenges and new protocols, and unfortunately out of an abundance of caution many details about this visit are being withheld for security reasons,” the LAPD said in a tweet.

It will be interesting to see the reaction of the California Republican Party in the aftermath of Trump’s visit (in SoCal as Trump’s administration is in chaos) since he is taking money out of California for his own future political campaign—while the state GOP is in a fight for their very existence and relevancy. In fact, Trump nemesis former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ohio Gov. John Kasich are headlining an event next week, on March 21, to launch a new group hoping to reform and jump-start the California GOP, which now has a voter registration of just 26%.

Here are some highlights of Trump’s itinerary:

11:30a – Trump arrives at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station in San Diego.
12:20 p.m.: Arrives by helicopter at the Otay Mesa prototype site
12:25 p.m.: Trump Inspects 8 prototypes for his proposed border wall for roughly 50 minutes
1:15-1:35 p.m. Transition time
1:55 p.m.: Arrives at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar to deliver remarks to military
2:50 p.m.: Leaves San Diego
3:35 p.m.: Arrives at LAX, heads to Santa Monica
4:25 p.m.: Arrives at a private residence
6:30 p.m.: Participates in a roundtable with Republican National Committee supporters. (The Times reports that this Trump/Pence fundraiser is expected to be held in Beverly Hills but the RNC will not confirm the location and the event is closed to the media.)
8:05-8:25 – Departs the private residence to go to his overnight location, which the White House will not reveal, albeit The Times reports “there is evidence he will be in downtown Los Angeles,” an email telling tenants that a “VIP/high security visitor” will be coming to the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown Hotel requiring security that “will have a significant impact in and around the building.” That includes street closures around the Wilshire Grand for two blocks.

No idea when Trump will leave LA but he’s scheduled to arrive in St. Louis by 11:25 a.m. on Wednesday.

KTLA will be tracking Trump’s moves.

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