Recently, President Donald Trump asked for over $50 billion to be added to the American defense fund, which already sits at $600 billion per year, but now he plays to cut a billion from one very crucial military branch that is already underfunded. When you think of the armed forces, most think of the Navy or Army. We think of the people on the battle field getting shot and shooting at others. That is simply the idea that most non-military families have in their mind.
However, every branch in the armed forces does something very important that helps keep the United States safe. One that gets overlooked far more than it probably should is the Coast Guard. Some may assume that these men and women are only useful at helping to keep pollution down or random pirates at bay, but that may only be a slight part of their job. In fact, they are making a bigger difference now more than ever before….yet sadly President Trump’s budget does not see that.
According to Business Insider, President Trump’s new budget plan is calling for $1.3 billion total to be removed from the U.S. Coast Guard. This at time when this branch is doing more than it ever has in the history of the branch. The problem on top of this is that the Coast Guard is already considered to be vastly under-resourced, so losing any money instead of gaining was going to hurt them. However, over a billion being removed is terrible to hear for the branch.