Trump Makes First Visit to California, Will See Border Wall Prototypes

President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with law enforcement officials on the MS-13 street gang and border security, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with law enforcement officials on the MS-13 street gang and border security, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump joked on Twitter the day after the Oscars that the broadcast suffered historically low ratings because the country suffers from a lack of legitimate movie stars.

“Except your President (Just kidding, of course)!,” the president wrote.

Now Trump will take his self-proclaimed starpower far west for the first time since his election. President Donald Trump is going to California next week.

People familiar with Trump’s travel plans say he’s not visiting The Golden State to hobnob with La La Land Elites. He will, instead, inspect border wall prototypes in San Diego and attend a pricey Republican fundraiser in Beverly Hills.

The President and White House have been looking to schedule a trip to the border “for a while,” one source said. Trump has not visited California since he was sworn into office, though Vice President Mike Pence did a lucrative fundraising swing through the state in October.

According to the Los Angeles Times, this is the longest a president has forgone a trip to California since Franklin D. Roosevelt.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed Trump is traveling to California next week but did not provide more specific details.

The Los Angeles Times notes that California progressives consider the state to be the center of the resistance to Trump’s administration, especially as the administration — under the direction of Attorney General Jeff Sessions — sued the state over its laws shielding immigrants in violation of federal law.

Sessions even went so far as to criticize “Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf for warning immigrant communities about recent Bay Area raids, and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom for praising her actions” at a law enforcement gathering where he was a featured speaker a day after he filed suit.

Trump is certainly heading into an area of the country where he has fewer fans, which is perhaps why he has waited longer than any president to visit the western edge of the U.S. since before common air travel forced Franklin D. Roosevelt to take a train 2.5 years into his first term.