Newsom seeks to counter Trump as he makes world stage debut in El Salvador

Gov. Gavin Newsom knelt on a pew Sunday in the lower level of the Catedral Metropolitana, quietly saying a prayer before the tomb of Saint Oscar Romero at the start of a trip to better understand the history of violence and oppression the country’s hero for the poor died trying to end.

In a book filled with messages from dignitaries who toured the site before him — former President Obama made a symbolic visit in 2011 — Newsom said he wrote that when he was a young Catholic, he never imagined he would visit the martyr’s resting place as a governor of California trying to “modestly live out some of the values that Saint Romero practiced.”

“I think right now you have a president that talks down to people in this country, talks past them, demoralizing folks living here and their relatives in the United States,” Newsom said of President Trump. “I think it’s important to let folks know that’s not our country, that’s an individual in our country, who happens at this moment to be president.”

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