President Trump concludes Los Angeles visit with fundraising breakfast

President Donald Trump will conclude a nearly 21- hour visit to the Los Angeles area Wednesday with a fundraising breakfast.

The White House said the event would begin at 8:50 a.m. and Trump would deliver remarks, but it did not say where it would take place. He will then leave for San Diego.

Trump is on a rare visit to the Los Angeles area to raise money for his re-election bid. He suggested again he may take a more active role in combating the homelessness problem in the Southland and around the state.

"We can't let Los Angeles, San Francisco and numerous other cities destroy themselves by allowing what's happening," Trump saoid aboard Air Force One en route to the Bay Area, where he landed around 11 a.m. Tuesday.

"We have people living in our ... best highways, our best streets, our best entrances to buildings ... where people in those buildings pay tremendous taxes, where they went to those locations because of the prestige. In many cases they (building tenants) came from other countries and they moved to Los Angeles or they moved to San Francisco because of the prestige of the city, and all of a sudden they have tents. Hundreds and hundreds of tents and people living at the entrance to their office building. And they want to leave."
 

"The people of San Francisco are fed up, and the people of LosAngeles are fed up,'' he said. ``And we're looking at it, and we'll be doingsomething about it.''

— President Donald Trump


Last week, Trump sent administration officials to the Los Angeles area to examine the local response to the homelessness crisis, something he has criticized as being the result of liberal political policies. He told reporters Tuesday he was looking "very seriously" at creating some type of "individual task force" to address the homelessness issue.

Mayor Eric Garcetti said last week he took the group on a tour of the city's Unified Homelessness Response Center, a pair of homeless shelters and the Jordan Downs public housing complex.

Garcetti sent a letter to Trump following the delegation's visit, saying he welcomes assistance from the federal government but that politics need to be set aside. He reiterated that sentiment Tuesday morning, issuing a video statement online.

"It's no secret that I've disagreed with you on almost everything, Mr. President,'' Garcetti said. "But if you are in your heart willing to save lives alongside us, we know what works here."

Garcetti said billions of federal dollars that could have created 47,000 permanent supportive units in Los Angeles were cut in the last couple years. Speaking from a recently opened Bridge Housing facility in South Los Angeles, Garcetti said he wanted to talk to Trump and show him what is being done locally to combat the problem. But the two men did not meet during Trump's visit.

"I wanted to talk to (Trump) a little bit as if he had come down here to South L.A. to understand and to hear the challenges we face and ways that Washington, D.C., instead of demonizing us, might be able to come and help us," Garcetti said

President Trump arrived in Los Angeles shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday and was greeted on the tarmac by Yorba Linda's 26-year-old Mayor Tara Campbell, state Senate Minority Leader Shannon Grove, R-Bakersfield, and Shawn Steele, a Republican National Committeeman. Trump also greeted a group of cheering supporters, shaking hands and posing for photos, before boarding a helicopter.

Trump is not expected to make any public appearances during his third visit to Los Angeles County as president. He participated in a roundtable discussion with supporters and spoke at a dinner fundraiser Tuesday at the Beverly Hills home of real estate developer Geoffrey Palmer, a major Trump and Republican Party donor.

Like many fundraisers for presidents of both parties, the event was closed to the news media.

Tickets ranged in cost from $1,000 for individuals to $100,000 for couples who wanted to attend a VIP reception, roundtable discussion with the president and a photo opportunity, according to CNBC.

A Republican official told reporters in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where Trump began the day Tuesday, that the event would raise $5 million.  Wednesday's breakfast in Los Angeles will raise $3 million, the official said.

Trump was expected to raise $3 million at a private lunch in Portola Valley in San Mateo County Tuesday before coming to Los Angeles. He will travel to San Diego Wednesday, where he is expected to raise $4 million at a luncheon, according to the Republican official.

Trump spent Tuesday night in downtown Los Angeles, and, after breakfast, will head to San Diego, according to the White House.

Refuse Fascism, which seeks to remove what it calls the "Trump/Pence regime" from power, held a protest at the corner of Benedict Canyon Drive and Sunset Boulevard in Beverly Hills Tuesday. Another protest was planned for Tuesday night at Pershing Square.

At the Beverly Hills protest, members of The Revolution Club Los Angeles, an anti-Trump group, attempted to burn an American flag near the Beverly Hills Hotel, when a Trump supporter ran in and grabbed the flag, sparking a fight between a Revolution Club member and a Trump supporter, according to club member Michelle Xai.

The Trump supporter was briefly detained by police and released and the Revolution Club member was arrested and released from custody about 11:30 p.m., Xai said.

The Revolution Club Los Angeles describes itself online as "Guided by the New Communism forged by Bob Avakian." Avakian is the Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA.

With California considered a major Democrat stronghold, Trump visits to the state are rare. He attended a Beverly Hills fundraiser and had a private dinner at his Rancho Palos Verdes golf club on April 5 -- a visit that lasted about six hours.

In November, Trump toured areas of Ventura and Los Angeles counties damaged by the Woolsey Fire. He attended another Beverly Hills fundraiser in March 2018.