President Trump visits U.S.-Mexico border in Otay Mesa

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – President Trump finished up a two-day trip to California in San Diego.

After a fundraising luncheon at the U.S. Grant Hotel in Downtown, the president made his final stop at the U.S.-Mexico border,  where he showed reporters details of the ongoing construction.

Around 2:15 p.m., Trump’s motorcade left downtown San Diego heading to Otay Mesa for the border wall visit. The visit was Trump’s first to the border in California since April, when he visited a section of the barrier in Calexico. Trump last visited the border in San Diego last year.

At the border, Trump discussed plans to build new stretches of his oft- referenced wall along the border and praised the city of San Diego for the way it handles homelessness, taking the opportunity to chide Los Angeles and San Francisco again for the size of its homeless population.

“In the case of San Diego, the mayor’s doing the right thing, he’s doing a good job,” Trump said. “In the case of Los Angeles, it’s a disaster. If you look at San Francisco, it’s a total disaster what’s happening. They’re going to ruin those cities.”

Just after 5 p.m., Trump departed San Diego for Washington, D.C., aboard Air Force One.

Last month, the administration completed 14 miles of steel bollards up to 30 feet high. The $147 million project replaced a much shorter fence made of surplus airstrip landing mats from the Vietnam War. Trump called the wall “an amazing project.”

KUSI’s Ashlie Rodriguez was waiting at Brown Field for Trump’s arrival. Ashlie asked President Trump about legal immigration from Mexico, and about California’s homeless problem.

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