Newsom attacks Trump in State of the State: California will not be part of ‘political theater’

SAN FRANCISCO – Newly minted California Gov. Gavin Newsom doubled down Tuesday on his mission to resist White House policies that he says run counter to the interests of his state – and in his view, the nation.

“The answer to the White House is, no more division and no more xenophobia,” Newsom, 51, told lawmakers during his first State of the State address in Sacramento.

During his speech, Newsom confirmed the news that he was ordering National Guard troops off border patrol detail and redeploying most of the 360 personnel to wildfire and drug-gang duty.

The withdrawal echoes the move by New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who a week ago cut roughly 90 percent of the 118 National Guardsmen assigned to the border.

Read more from Marco della Cava at USA Today.