The Governor's office later clarified that Newsom was still fully committed to building a high-speed rail connection between San Francisco and Los Angeles, despite there not now being a path to do so.
President Donald Trump weighed in on the confusion over the bullet train's future Wednesday, calling on Newsom and California to pay back the taxpayer money the federal government granted the state for completion of the project. Former Governor Jerry Brown defended the project as part of the state's nation-leading effort against climate change, an issue that Newsom has made a centerpiece of his administration.
"The state's high-speed rail project is required to provide $713 million toward Caltrain's $2 billion project to electrify the rail corridor and replace most of the commuter-rail system's aging diesel trains with a new electric fleet that will reduce travel times, improve train frequency, and increase systemwide capacity", Hartnett said. The project's estimated cost is now more than $77 billion, more than double the initial estimate, and has been delayed time and again.
"Now, just like back then, we must stand up for those maligned, marginalized, and scapegoated", he said.
"I know that some critics will say this is a train to nowhere", he continued, "but that's wrong and offensive".
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Her statement followed a call by White House Correspondents' Association Chairman Olivier Knox for the president to apologize. Skeans told BBC that he felt a " very hard shove " from his blindside and at the time "didn't know what was going on".
Gov. Gavin Newsom is creating a new commission on homelessness and housing to address one of California's most hard problems.
The state has also received $3.5 billion from the federal government, which Newsom has no intention in returning.
The project was long opposed by Republicans in the statehouse and in Congress, who tried to choke off federal funding. He also added a dig about the President "desperately searching for some wall $$" at the end of the tweet.
Instead, Newsom said he will focus on completing the high-speed rail link between Merced and Bakersfield, a drive that can take up to three hours.
New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, a democrat, also ordered the removal of most of the National Guard troops deployed at her state's border after her Republican predecessor granted the Trump administration's request a year ago, Reuters reported.
"The answer to the White House, with all due respect: No more division, no more xenophobia and no more nativism", he said, one day after signing an order removing most California National Guard troops from the Mexican border.