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Trump 1st President Not to Visit California in Initial Year in Office

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By    |   Friday, 29 December 2017 12:12 PM

Donald Trump is set to become the first president in 64 years not to visit California during his initial calendar year in office, the Los Angeles Times reports.

And it's unlikely he will visit the Golden State before he marks his first full year in the White House on Jan. 20.

The last time that happened Dwight D. Eisenhower was sitting in the Oval Office. But Eisenhower did visit California during his 13th month in office in February 1954, according to the Times. Prior to Eisenhower, most presidents rarely traveled by airplane — making California trips more difficult.

"It's hard to imagine an environment less alluring to him right now than deep-blue California," Dan Schnur, a professor of political communications at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School of Communications, told the Times.

"He'll get here eventually, but we probably shouldn't hold our breath that it's coming anytime soon."

Jim Brulte, chairman of the California Republican Party, said there's no problem with California not being in Trump's travel plans.

"The president has a lot of things he has to do," he said. "We Californians are OK. We are used to being on the far end."

And he added: "He's the first president that's got significant tax reform and restructured the federal courts in his first year. We'll trade that for a visit to California anytime."

Fox News noted Trump lost California by nearly 30 points and more than four million votes.

The Times pointed out that California has taken the lead in fighting Trump's policies, including those cutting back environmental protections and toughening immigration laws.

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