The president’s declaration that California’s “orange grove” should be maintained is not a victory for the tribe, but a setback for the state’s conservation efforts.
Trump’s announcement Monday that the state should preserve a patch of land along the California coast to help support the growth of a yellowstone monument on land owned by the tribe marks a victory in the war over tribal rights and property.
In an interview with Fox News, Trump said that the Orange Grove was a “tremendous piece of land” and that it was a key piece of the tribe’s history.
“I don’t want to use the word ‘preserve,’ but I’m going to preserve it, and I want to protect it, because we’ve been fighting this fight for years,” Trump said.
“The Orange Grove is such an important part of the history of the Orange grove and the state of California.
We’re going to make sure it is preserved, because there is a tremendous amount of energy, a tremendous energy that’s being wasted in California, because of what’s happening with the monuments.”
The California Supreme Court has said that a judge in San Francisco’s San Mateo County should have the final say on whether the land is to be sold.
The tribe argues that the sale is “illegal” and wants the land sold in San Diego, which is the county where it was purchased by the state.
Trump said the sale would have to go through the court, adding that the courts would have the right to “make their own determination” about whether the Orange Forest was “historic.”
“But we’re going do everything in our power to protect this land and keep it from being sold,” he said.
The president, who was speaking in front of a crowd of more than 2,000 people, was speaking on the second day of his state visit to the state that has become a flashpoint in the ongoing fight over the White House’s decision to put a monument on federal land.
The White House has argued that the monument is a national park and should remain protected.