Trump administration moves to pull funding for California bullet train

NBC News | February 20, 2019

Amid a social media feud between President Trump and California Gov. Gavin Newsom, the federal government announced its intention Tuesday to cancel nearly $1 billion in pending funding for the state's long-planned, high-speed train. In a letter to California High-Speed Rail Authority CEO Brian P. Kelly on Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Transportation outlined the government's reasons for pulling funding. The state has not come up with its own promised funding, will miss a 2022 completion target and has recently reconfigured the project outside the bounds of a federal pact for funding, railroad chief Ronald L. Batory wrote.

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President Donald J. Trump Participates in the swearing-in ceremony for the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie – in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington DC. USA.

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President Donald J. Trump Participates in the swearing-in ceremony for the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie – in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington DC. USA.

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