President Trump, California Gov. Jerry Brown trade jabs on National Guard at border

Posted at 11:27 AM, Apr 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-17 14:27:10-04

(KGTV) - The feud between President Trump California Gov. Jerry Brown continues to escalate.

On Tuesday, Trump slammed Brown after the governor reportedly rejected terms of the National Guard’s deployment to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Trump tweeted: “Looks like Jerry Brown and California are not looking for safety and security along their very porous Border. He cannot come to terms for the National Guard to patrol and protect the Border. The high crime rate will only get higher. Much wanted Wall in San Diego already started!”

The day before, the Associated Press and other media outlets reported that Brown declined to send troops after pledging to do so last week.

California National Guard officials denied the report, and Brown’s office responded to Trump’s tweet with one of their own:

"[Eyeroll emoji] Nothing has changed since CA submitted its proposed agreement to the Feds for review - & you thanked us - last week. CA Guard still ready to supplement its ongoing work to combat transnat’l crime. Worth another look:"

During a Tuesday morning press briefing in Washington, D.C., Brown said, “I’m trying to deal with a human crisis. We have people being deported whose children don't even have any parents. businesses and communities being disrupted.”

On April 11, Brown said troops sent to the border would not be used for immigration enforcement or “a mission to build a new wall”; they would instead focus on stopping gangs, human trafficking and drug smugglers.

Trump praised Brown at the time for “doing the right thing,” also calling it a “good move for the safety of our Country!”

The president has wanted National Guard troops at the border to assist with immigration enforcement until his proposed border wall is built.