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Trump Willing To Risk Our National Security In Order To Fund Border Wall

Trump’s main proposal during his campaign was to build a wall on the US-Mexico border. Throughout his campaign he made a promise that Mexico would be paying for that wall, but once president Trump failed to follow through on his promise.

As Mexico denied to pay for the wall, Trump proposed that taxpayers would be funding the wall. Now his new proposal will be to have deep budget cuts for the Transportation Security Administration and Coast Guard to pay for the wall.

According to Politico, who reviewed internal budget documents, saw that they proposed a 14% cut to the Coast Guard’s $9.1 billion budget and an 11% reduction in spending from the TSA.

Multiple lawmakers and security experts are saying that the plan could potentially hurt the US efforts to protect the country from terrorist attacks.

One of the critics of the new proposal Retired Adm. James Loy, a former Coast Guard commandant who was deputy homeland security secretary and TSA administrator under President George W. Bush, spoke with Politico where he stated that having budget cuts to TSA would be a “terrible black eye” for the agency.

“Now they would have to figure out how to do their job with significantly less resources,” he said. “This is the amazing reality despite the fact that the bad guys have a love affair with commercial aviation as a target.”

According to Politico, The $500 million in proposed budget cuts for the TSA would include $65 million in funding for behavioral-detection officers and $55 million for local law-enforcement grants to airports.

Stephen Flynn, a retired Coast Guard commander and director of the Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University, also spoke with Politico. He said:

“As you harden the land border you open up the maritime border. It makes no sense.”

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