There are questions about how fast Trump can build his wall, even as he says it's a top priority that requires the declaration of a national emergency. Newsom responded by tweeting that the money was "allocated by Congress for this project".
"One week after Donald Trump called California's high-speed rail project a "'green' disaster", the US Department of Transportation announced plans to cancel $929m in federal grant funds that were yet to be paid toward the $77bn endeavor.
Among other things, the federal agency said Gov. Gavin Newsom's plans to downsize the project represent "a significant retreat from the state's initial vision and commitment and frustrates the objective for which federal funding was awarded".
Newsom was referring to the President's tweet earlier on Tuesday when he took aim at the Golden State.
The region is already served by Amtrak's San Joaquins train, which has seven daily departures. "We're not giving it back".
Mr. Lipari acknowledged the tough sledding, despite tinkering with the fares, which now hover around $7.50 one-way for journeys within the valley. Realistically, no fiscally prudent government entity or private developer would plan a high-speed rail line to serve such a short, low-density, low-population corridor.
Yet whether that's enough to win riders is anyone's guess, with part of the uncertainty being nobody knows how much more expensive it might be. The price of the rail has drastically increased, from an originally estimated $45 billion to $77 billion.
Nor would anyone address the viability of two train systems in the valley.
A full-scale mock-up of a high-speed train is seen in Sacramento in 2017.
"This is just one calamity after another", he said. Mr. Hanson commutes once a week from Fresno to Palo Alto, a trip that takes about three hours by vehicle, he said.
At any rate, this is not "California's money".
The Trump administration has said $3.6 billion in military construction money will be diverted to the wall.
The authority "has failed to make reasonable progress", Batory wrote, and will not complete the project by the end of 2022, as was previously agreed upon, Batory added.
Former congressman Jeff Denham, a Central Valley Republican who chaired the House rail subcommittee and is an outspoken critic of the project, spent years with his staff trying to figure out whether it would be possible to de-obligate the funding and ultimately decided it could not be done by congressional act. They are often not done within the original scope.
California is now building a high-speed rail service, which was meant to run through the state's largest cities, from Los Angeles to Sacramento.
"I know that some critics will say this is a 'train to nowhere, ' " Newsom said during his speech. "They deliberately built numerous most expensive and complicated parts of it first, and now you've got these ugly concrete ramps looming right over Highway 99 that just sit there like Stonehenge".
Newsom administration officials last week said they are working on a "project update" report to be published some time this spring, and are expected to include a new financial analysis. Meanwhile, the California High-Speed Rail Authority had already budgeted for the full $3.5 billion in funding.