California's new governor takes aim at Trump as he takes office

California's new governor takes aim at Trump as he takes officeNewsom took office in a campaign-style inauguration ceremony packed with supporters and media, and featuring nods to California's multicultural heritage with music from an African-American church choir from the Los Angeles-area city of Compton and a Mexican folk style group dressed in colors of the California flag. As his 2-year-old son ran on and off the stage, at times pursued by Newsom's wife, "first-partner" Jennifer Siebol Newsom, the 51-year-old governor vowed to position California - the country's most populous state with a population of almost 40 million - as a bastion of tolerance and opportunity. Polluters who threaten our coastline and pay-day lenders who target our most vulnerable." The Trump administration, he said, is "hostile to California’s values and interests." Newsom, a former mayor of San Francisco and former lieutenant governor who led efforts to legalize same-sex marriage and was the political force behind the state’s decision to legalize marijuana, sweeps into office with a three-fourths Democratic majority in the state legislature, dominance that could make the state a bellwether as the national party jockeys to find a candidate to run against Trump in 2020.

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