Mayor Faulconer makes surprise visit with Donald Trump amid 2020 re-election campaign

Mayor Faulconer and Donald Trump

San Diego Mayor Faulconer had a surprise meeting with President Trump Tuesday just before the President left Washington to continue campaigning for his 2020 re-election.

Originally in Washington for the annual Border Trade Alliance conference, Mayor Faulconer had originally tweeted that he was only expected to meet "with some of our nation’s leaders on trade, transportation, border staffing and more," including White House staffers.

In an unexpected twist, however, the President invited Faulconer to sit down in the Oval Office for a 19-minute meeting that spanned the United States-Mexico-Canada trade deal, cross-border sewage conflicts, and strategies to combat local homelessness.

Of the meeting, Faulconer tweeted the following: “I had a chance to briefly meet with the President to discuss a few big issues facing San Diego. We talked about the pending #USMCA deal, California’s homeless crisis, and I also brought up sewage coming from the Tijuana River Valley – and encouraged more federal action to fix it.”

No specific details or transcripts of the conversation were provided.

While mostly avoiding public criticism of the President since Trump's election, Faulconer––a moderate Republican with a notoriously neutral stance on just about anything––has hinted at an opposition of Trump's border policies in the past.

“I’m proud of our relationship with our neighbors right next door in Mexico,” Faulconer told CNN earlier this year. “I don’t talk about building walls, I talk about building bridges and increasing that communication, increasing that flow, and that’s really what defines our border region in San Diego.”

As with most things Faulconer-related, though, the outcome of the meeting and his standing with the President still remain as ambiguous as ever.

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