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President Trump Leaves L.A. After Mega Fundraiser, Border Wall Update

The president was in town raising funds for his 2020 campaign after viewing the 30-foot border wall prototypes.


BEVERLY HILLS (KNX1070/AP) - President Donald Trump left Los Angeles Wednesday after staying at the InterContinental Hotel in downtown. The President was in town to view prototypes of his highly-touted border wall and raise some big funds for his 2020 campaign.  Trump was taken to Dodger Stadium and flown by helicopter to LAX to board Air Force One. 

The LAPD had a huge presence at the downtown intersection at Wilshire and Figueroa. The motorcade caused traffic jams on the 110 freeway until it passed. The following streets will be closed until 1 p.m. Wednesday due to Trump's visit:

  •    Figueroa Street between Sixth and Eighth streets.
  •    Wilshire Boulevard between Flower Street and Beaudry Avenue.
  •    Seventh Street between Flower and Bixel streets.

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The president arrived at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego County Tuesday and went to Otay Mesa to view the 30-foot border wall prototypes that have been erected where he was greeted with protestors and supporters. He then gave a speech to members of the military back at Air Station Miramar before heading to L.A. for a fundraiser. 

LAPD officers were posted throughout the city to ensure the safe transport of the president. Dozens of anti-trump protesters showed up at the intersection of Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards in Beverly Hills. 

The L.A. deputy police chief in charge of counter-terrorism and special ops said they were "prepared for anything" in terms of protests and counterprotests. 

Trump arrived at Los Angeles International Airport at 3:30 p.m. and was flown via military helicopter to the West Los Angeles area. He ended his day with a big-money fundraiser in Beverly Hills. Edward Glazer, co-chairman of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and his wife, Shari, hosted the event at their Beverly Park mansion.

Donors contributed a minimum $35,000 per person, with a top price of a $250,000 each to attend the dinner. Funds will benefit Trump's 2020 reelection campaign and various Republican National Committee accounts.

The fundraising goal for the event was $5 million.

The first thing Trump noticed on the drive to the border was the patched-up holes in part of the existing fence.

"We have a lousy wall over here now, but at least it stops 90, 95 percent," Trump said. "When we put up the real wall, we're going to stop 99 percent. Maybe more than that."

Trump's visit was greeted with peaceful protests by demonstrators both for and against his planned wall. The trip came amid an escalating battle between his administration and the liberal state, which has refused to help federal agents detain immigrants in the U.S. illegally.

The president renewed his criticism of Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, saying Tuesday that he was presiding over sky-high tax rates and that the state's sanctuary policies "put the entire nation at risk."

"They're the best friend of the criminal," Trump said. "That's what exactly is happening. The criminals take refuge in these sanctuary cities and it's very dangerous for our police and enforcement folks."

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The Associated Press contributed to this report