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Congressman Kevin McCarthy welcomes President Trump to Bakersfield

Posted at 2:58 PM, Feb 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-17 21:27:20-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Local Congressman and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is welcoming President Donald Trump to Bakersfield ahead of his visit Wednesday.

The President is set to visit Bakersfield to speak with the farming community and address the need for water solutions.

"We need the security of our food supply. Making sure that it's grown in America, that it's safe, and secure," McCarthy said on Sunday Morning Futures. "We have a real concern in California because we send most of our water out to the ocean [instead of] sending it down to southern California, to our farmlands in the San Joaquin Valley and others. This president has worked greatly using science – not based on politics – but on science, to allow to have more of that water stay with the Californians and America to make sure we're secure in our food supply as we move forward."

It is still unknown when the President will arrive in Bakersfield.


On Monday, a U.S. Air Force C-5 transport plane arrived at Meadows Field to reportedly unload cargo to prepare for the President's visit.
Representatives from a private charter company at Meadows Field told 23ABC Secret Service representatives were at the airport Friday. The agency typically sends an advanced team to inspect locations where the President is scheduled to arrive.