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The Trump government wants to cancel a federal grant of $ 929 million for the California high-speed rail project. The government also wants to reclaim another $ 2.5 billion in federal funds that California has already spent on the project.
The Department of Transportation accuses the California authorities of missing several deadlines tied to the US $ 929 million allocation to the state high-speed railway line. 19659008] In a letter from the Federal Railroad Administration to the State High-Speed Rail Authority, federal officials say they will terminate the grant with effect from 5 March.
The FRA letter adds that the authority is concerned that California is altering its original plan to connect "San Francisco in the north and Los Angeles and Anaheim in the south."
In his state of the state speech last week, Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, suggested repulsing the project and focusing on it. A link was established in the Central Valley between Bakersfield and Merced.
"California was forced to abandon the massive high-speed train project It had spent and wasted billions of dollars. You owe the federal government three and a half billion dollars. We want that money back now, "said Trump.
Newsom responded with his own tweet and said," Fake news. We build high-speed trains that connect the Central Valley and beyond. This is the money from CA provided by Congress for this project. We will not give it back. The train leaves the station – better get on board! (Also looking desperately for a wall?) "
In a statement on Tuesday, Newsom said the Trump government's threat was" a clear political retaliation, "linked to California's involvement in a lawsuit in which the Emergency Declaration
Trump himself linked the two topics in one Tweet Tuesday, "As I had predicted, 16 states led , which were mostly led by open border democrats and the radicals left, of course, filed a lawsuit in the 9th circle! California, the state that has wasted billions of dollars on the runaway Fast Train, seems to have no responsibility for graduating! "
The cost of the original plan to build a high-speed link between San Francisco and Los Angeles is currently estimated at $ 77 billion, about twice the original price."
As the Associated Press reports, that was $ 929 million Dollars, which Trump threatens to cancel, have been approved by Congress nearly ten years ago, and it's not clear how the administration can do this, forcing California to return the $ 2.5 billion it has already spent, though that Agency of FRA says the agency "reviews all available legal options."