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‘It Just Doesn’t Make Sense’: GOP Rep. Slams Trump Admin Over Proposed Coast Guard Budget Cuts

In the wake of reports that the Trump Administration is proposing budget cuts to the Coast Guard to help pay for the Mexican border wall, one of the president’s early supporters appeared on CNN to rip the White House’s plan.

Speaking to host Kate Bolduan, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) highlighted that the entire operating budget of the Coast Guard is $9 billion, which he described as “shoestring.”

“And you have President Trump talking about national security, criminal networks,” the California lawmaker stated. “That’s what the Coast Guard does, literally.”

Highlighting that the Coast Guard is a military branch that also helps stopping illegal immigration and drug trafficking, he wondered aloud why Trump would think about cutting its budget considering his vow to increase the military.

“It just doesn’t make sense,” he exclaimed. “The way that you stop bad things from happening here is not directly on the border necessarily. You’ve got to push out. It’s called defense in depth.”

Bolduan would later highlight Hunter’s early and strong support for the president, with the Republican saying he still is a big supporter and that he largely lays this at the feet of Trump’s new Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney.

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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