During his first visit to El Salvador, California Gov. Gavin Newsom criticized President Trump's ''demoralizing'' rhetoric about the country, highlighting that his views did not reflect the entire USA.
Talking to the local journalists, Newsom called Trump '''an individual who happened to be our current President.'', pointing out once again that his views are not representative for the whole US.
Gov. Newsom chose El Salvador for his first trip abroad since he took office in January, as the largest Salvadoran community is in California. Also, the state is the busiest border crossing.
Visiting El Salvador, Newsom aims to learn more about the poverty, violence and political uncertainty in the country forcing people to leave it in an attempt to find a better life in the USA. The Democratic Governor also wants to show the people of El Salvador a more positive side of the United States politicians.
During the first day of his trip, Gov. Newsom visited the tomb of Saint Oscar Romero, a national hero and a priest who was assassinated at the start of the civil war in 1980. Ernesto Muyshondt, the mayor of San Salvador, the capital city, accompanied him to the tomb saying that the Governor could use his political influence to convince the Congress not to stop the humanitarian aid from the US.
For instance, between 2011 and 2016, the USAID program assisted small- and medium-sized businesses in El Salvador to create more than 22,000 jobs, the U.S. State Department estimated.
Muyshondt, who is a member of the local conservative party, also suggested that if the Governor could get first-hand experience from El Salvador, he could become its spokesperson in the US.
Newsom's agenda for the next few days includes official meetings with President Salvador Sanchez Ceren, U.S. Ambassador Jean Manes, and President-elect Nayib Bukele. He will also participate in discussions with human rights groups to identify the reasons for economic poverty and gang violations.
The Central American country has one of the highest crime rates in the world. According to government statistics, the minimum wage in El Salvador is $300 per month.
The Oval Office has not yet commented on the Newsom's visit to El Salvador. However, according to some Republicans in California, the governor should better work to reduce poverty back home.
Earlier this month, President Trump decided to cut $450 million in foreign aid to Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, collectively known as the Northern Triangle. In Trump's view, the local governments failed to stop the illegal migrants to the United States.
What do you think? Do you support or oppose Gov. Newsom's statement that Trump's rhetoric does not reflect our country?