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In newly released undercover video, Washington Post National Security Correspondent Dan Lamothe and Director of Product Joey Marburger speak to the paper’s hidden agenda. Evidently, covering Trump the way they do is good business, even though it’s fake news.

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Coast Guard says it’s $900 million short after ‘all-hands-on-deck’ hurricane response

By Dan Lamothe, Washington Post, November 16, 2017

The U.S. Coast Guard faces $914 million shortfall after scrambling to respond to three devastating hurricanes this year within six weeks, the service’s top officer told a Senate subcommittee Thursday.

Adm. Paul F. Zukunft, the Coast Guard commandant, said the shortfall accounts for a backlog of ship and aircraft maintenance and repairs for hangars and other facilities damaged by the storms. The Coast Guard surged its entire force in response, an “all-hands-on-deck” campaign requiring deployments from across the nation, he said.

“Based on Harvey, Irma and Maria alone, we need nearly a billion dollars to rebuild damaged infrastructure and restore eroded readiness,” Zukunft told the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

The Coast Guard is credited with rescuing more than 11,000 people following the storms, using a mixture of small boats and helicopters to whisk people away from flooding and provide other lifesaving aid. The response began with Hurricane Harvey hitting Texas on Aug. 25, and continued with the service shifting ships and helicopters from the continental United States to the Caribbean after Irma and Maria devastated the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

For days after each storm, crews also worked to reopen ports destroyed by swirling winds and storm surge. Zukunft said Thursday that the service corrected more than 1,200 buoys and other navigational aids, and assisted in the removal of more than 3,600 damaged or sunken vessels following the storms.

Other missions have suffered as a result, Zukunft said, noting the Coast Guard’s ongoing drug interdiction efforts in the eastern Pacific Ocean. The service set a record by seizing more than 455,000 pounds of cocaine in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, but the admiral said ships and aircraft were diverted temporarily to save lives elsewhere.

“The transnational criminal organizations were benefactors of our diminished presence at a time when 60,000 Americans perish each year from drug overdoses,” he said.

Zukunft’s testimony comes as the Coast Guard faces ongoing funding concerns. Earlier this year, officials were told to expect a $1.3 billion budget cut, money the White House wanted instead to help pay for President Trump’s proposed border wall. After a bipartisan outcry from lawmakers, it was decided the Coast Guard would receive a flat budget totaling $9.1 billion, well short of the $10.7 billion requested.

The admiral has called his cutter fleet “geriatric,” expressing frustration the Coast Guard was left behind while the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps all saw funding increases in the Trump administration’s first budget.

“I’m delighted that Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps are being plussed up,” Zukunft said at a conference held by the Navy League in April, “but we’ve got nothing left.”

On Thursday, he noted also that the Coast Guard had not yet received funding to pay $90 million in damages at its facilities after Hurricane Matthew scraped the United States’ southeast coast in fall 2016.