Politico reports that President Trump is seeking significant reductions in the budgets of both the Coast Guard and the TSA, a move that has left veterans of the Department of Homeland Security “befuddled,” adding the move “would weaken safeguards against threats arriving by sea or air.”
The massive cuts are a part of the White House’s attempt to find additional funding for both building a wall between the United States and Mexico, and beefing up immigration authorities/deportation forces. According to Politico, this is “a move that lawmakers and security experts say defies logic if the White House is serious about defending against terrorism and keeping out undocumented foreigners.”
The President is seeking a huge 14% reduction for the Coast Guard and 11% to the TSA in order to fund an increase in the budget of the DHS by nearly $44 billion.
According to Politico:
The budget gambit is sure to meet fierce opposition at the hardest-hit agencies and on Capitol Hill, where a leading Republican is accusing White House budget officials of living in “la-la land.”
“It is ignorant of what constitutes national security,” said retired Adm. James Loy, a former Coast Guard commandant who served as deputy homeland security secretary and TSA administrator under President George W. Bush. “They simply don’t understand the equation.”