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Speaking to donors, President Trump aims to pull off California win in 2020

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Posted at 9:28 AM, Apr 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-06 12:28:38-04

(KGTV) — President Trump isn't planning to let California go without a fight this next presidential election, despite losing the state in 2016.

During a Beverly Hills fundraiser Friday, after his visit to Calexico to tour new sections of border barrier, the President told the crowd he thinks he can pull off a win next year, Republican National Committeeman Shawn Steel told the Associated Press.

In 2016, President Trump lost California to Democratic Presidential candidate Hilary Clinton by more than four million votes, the AP says.

Steel told the AP that Trump also used the event to also take digs at Democrats, telling donors it's a bad time to be a socialist in America's thriving economy.

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The President also drew praise when discussing his administration's decision to recognize Israel's sovereignty over Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, Steel added.

The event hosted about 170 people at the home of health care executive and GOP donor Lee Samson, benefiting the RNC's "trump Victory" joint account with the Trump campaign, the AP reports.

After the fundraiser, where photos with Trump went for $50,000, the President visited Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles in Rancho Palos Verdes for a private dinner.

Saturday, the President will head to Las Vegas to speak at the Republican Jewish Coalition's annual meeting.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.