Trump Threatens Defunding Sanctuary States as 'Weapon'

President goes after California lawmaker efforts to become sanctuary state

"I don't want to defund anybody. I want to give them the money they need to properly operate as a city or a state," Trump said. "If they're going to have sanctuary cities, we may have to do that. Certainly that would be a weapon."

O'Reilly asked the president about California lawmakers working to propose legislation that could stop state police and sheriffs from enforcing federal immigration laws, in effect turning it into a sanctuary state.

Trump directly addressed the situation in California when referring to defunding as a "weapon," saying the state is "out of control."

"We give tremendous amounts of money to California," Trump said. "Obviously the voters agree or otherwise they wouldn't have voted for me."