California Gov. Gavin Newsom to Pull Troops From Border, Slams Trump’s ‘Manufactured Crisis’

California Gov. Gavin Newsom will pull back all National Guard troops who have been deployed to the Mexican border, saying his state will play no part in Donald Trump’s “manufactured crisis.” In his State of the State address Tuesday, Newsom will say the 360 National Guard troops in California will be redeployed to fight “real threats” such as wildfires and the war on drugs. “The border ‘emergency’ is a manufactured crisis,” Newsom will say, according to his prepared remarks. “And California will not be part of this political theater. Which is why I have given the National Guard a new mission. They will refocus on the real threats facing our state.” Last week, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Grisham ordered most of her state’s National Guard troops back from the border and accused Trump of “fear-mongering” over the issue. In April 2018, around 4,000 National Guard were ordered to the border in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and California by Trump. When California pulls back its 360 National Guard troops, 1,145 will remain in Texas and 580 in Arizona.