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Coast Guard Shipping Missions Face Risks from Trump Proposal

A proposal by US President Donald Trump to cut $1.3bn from the Coast Guard budget could have a trickle down impact on some of the agency's shipping-related missions.

The White House's Office of Management and Budget is proposing the cuts as a way to make way for funding for the new president's signature immigration policy measure.


Jonathan Waldron, a maritime lawyer at Blank Rome who is also a former Coast Guard official, said such cuts could lead the agency to focus on its core missions like national security.

"The Coast Guard has a lot of missions. When the Coast Guard starts taking hits like this, they start prioritising funding on their primary missions," he said. "I just imagine that it is going to be inevitable that we are going to see less resources available to work with the shipping industry."

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"Coast Guard Shipping Missions Face Risks from Trump Proposal," by Eric Martin was published in TradeWinds on March 8, 2017.