President Donald Trump is demanding that the state of California should repay the $3.5 billion dollars that it borrowed from the federal government to construct a railroad that ultimately failed. Trump wants to use the money to fund his wall. Trump tweeted, “California has been forced to cancel the massive bullet train project after having spent and wasted many billions of dollars.”
The governor of California, Gavin Newson, replied to Trump’s tweet with, “fake news. We’re building high-speed rail, connecting the Central Valley and beyond.” At the end of the tweet, Newson said that Trump was desperate to secure funding for the wall. In 2010 the state of California was provided with $3.5 billion to build it, and construction started in 2013.