California Governor Jerry Brown is a pretty good chess player.
Even though he has been criticized by the Trump administration considerably, he somehow got President Trump to praise him for a recent decision to back his plan to send the National Guard to the Mexican border.
“California Governor Jerry Brown is doing the right thing and sending the National Guard to the Border. Thank you Jerry, good move for the safety of our Country!” the commander-in-chief tweeted four days ago.
But – that appears to have changed.
Brown, on Monday, decided to pull out of the plan saying that he would no longer send California troops because the work is too closely aligned with immigration enforcement already being done there.
That’s genius. Instead of Brown refusing Trump outright, he hatched a plan to go along with it, but found a technicality not to execute. He probably wasn’t planning on going through with it, anyway.
Trump was hoping that he would add an extra 400 troops to the border to help out with a whole host of activities, including: fixing and maintaining vehicles, using remote-control surveillance cameras to report suspicious activity to U.S. Border Patrol agents, operating radios and providing “mission support,” which can include clerical work, buying gas and handling payrolls.
Currently, California is the only border state to openly defy Trump. Arizona, New Mexico and Texas have all pledged to add an additional 2,000 to 4,000 troops combined to fight not only illegal immigration but drug trafficking.