"An act of war? That's pretty strong. But I reincorporate that comment," Brown said.

By NTK Staff | 03.07.2018 @1:27pm

California Gov. Jerry Brown said that the Department of Justice (DOJ) lawsuit filed against California over recently passed state laws was an “act of war” during a press conference with the California attorney general on Wednesday.

The DOJ filed a lawsuit on Tuesday, which alleged three recently passed California laws deliberately interfered with federal immigration policies.

“You called this an act of war from the federal government,” a reporter began asking Brown.

Brown seemed to be confused by the reporter’s quote.

“An act of war? That’s pretty strong. But I reincorporate that comment,” Brown responded.

The reporter concluded his question by asking whether California would retaliate against the federal government.

“No, we are state of laws,” Brown answered. “We want to observe the law now. The [U.S.] attorney general has basically thrown the gauntlet down and done it in a highly politicized way.”

“Yeah, this is a very aggressive act on the part of the Trump administration, and it’s not right, and it won’t stand. And as I say, I’m sure this lawsuit will last has more longevity than the Trump administration itself,” Brown concluded.