Gov. Brown is 'doing a awful job running the state of California'

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He said his organization respects free speech and hopes Tuesday's rally will be safe for participants. Demonstrators on each side carried signs and shouted. According to an invitation obtained by the Los Angeles Times, tickets for the event range from $35,000 just for the dinner up to $250,000 for the chance to meet Trump, attend a roundtable discussion and have a photo taken with him. One hoisted a Trump flag and others raised middle fingers.

The largest planned anti-Trump protest was held at San Ysidro Catholic church that offers a full view of the nearby border.

Around 100 protesters chanted, "No ban!"

Trump was expected Tuesday to be briefed on lessons learned from the construction of the prototypes built in San Diego last fall. Drivers honked as a show of support.

Trump's insistence that Mexico pay for the wall has soured relations and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto recently canceled plans to visit Washington amid continuing disagreement.

Making the first trip of his administration to California, President Donald Trump traveled to Otay Mesa Tuesday to view prototypes of his proposed border wall, saying after the tour he prefers a barrier that allows law enforcement to see through into Mexico.

Trump has long said he wanted to visit the models himself so he can pick a victor, though the Department of Homeland Security says elements of each design are expected to be used.

Trump said the wall should have metal slats at the bottom and concrete or a blend of steel and concrete at the top.

Eight 30-foot-tall prototypes have been erected near the Mexican border, south of San Diego, to serve as models.

"I think Gov. Brown has done a very poor job running California", he said.

"There are certain areas where they are really wanting us to build a wall because people are complaining, people are pouring in". "Maybe more than that".

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It was the president's first stop on his first visit to California since taking office, and came just days after the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit in Sacramento challenging the constitutionality of the state's "sanctuary" laws.

Trump also says that "they re-established law and order in San Diego" with a wall. "That's what exactly is happening. No wall!" near the San Ysidro border crossing, where tens of thousands of people enter the USA daily from Tijuana, Mexico - many on their way to work or school in San Diego.

Despite the tense relationship between Trump and the Golden State, Californians in support of the "big, lovely wall" were prepared to come out in force to welcome the president.

Trump spoke with immigration enforcement officials and with Marines at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar before heading to a fundraiser in Beverly Hills, where a crowd of demonstrators for and against the president faced off in a park.

Kevin Faulconer says that if Trump stayed more than a few hours, he would see that a strong economy and free trade aren't a contradiction but a way of life. The agency also tweeted its plans to anticipate protests, saying it will be "available to accommodate any residents who may feel a desire to exercise their First Amendment rights". "Congress must fund the BORDER WALL & prohibit grants to sanctuary jurisdictions that threaten the security of our country & the people of our country".

"If you don't have a wall system, you're not going to have a country", he said. Renegotiation of the deal began last summer.

"The place is totally out of control", Trump said during a news conference in San Diego.

But Trump seemed optimistic that a change in leadership following the Mexican election in July could lead to a more favorable set of circumstances.

At Our Lady of Mount Carmel at noon in San Ysidro, elected officials will rally with interfaith leaders to urge protection of the state's immigrant communities.

San Diego's city council previous year passed a resolution opposing Trump's proposed wall.