Trump: ‘No way’ Cruise Cruise Ship Would Receive ‘No Boring’ Parts
President Donald Trump said Thursday that he has no idea how cruise ships will function in the future, despite his administration pledging to make them a priority.
Trump, who visited a cruise ship in Florida on Thursday and vowed to make it a priority to expand cruise ship travel, said that he had not yet heard any details of a system to ensure safety.
But he said he is hopeful that “somebody will be able to figure out” a solution that will not “blow up” a cruise.
Trump said he had been assured by the Coast Guard that cruise ship safety “is going to be a priority.”
The cruise ship industry, he added, “will be going to war for this.”
Cruise ship safety is a major concern for the Trump administration.
The president has repeatedly pledged to make the Coast Guardship a top priority.
Trump’s administration has said it would fund more Coast Guard vessels and other maritime law enforcement personnel to patrol the seas.
Cruise ships have faced significant criticism for safety issues, with critics saying that the vessels are often crowded and overcrowded and that they don’t provide the kind of passenger service that Trump promised during the presidential campaign.
In March, the National Transportation Safety Board said that a Carnival cruise ship sank in a storm off the coast of California in February and that the ship’s captain and crew did not follow procedures for dealing with the situation.
The president has also proposed scrapping the Coast Service, which was created after the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act in 1995, which Trump said was needed to provide for the future of the Coast Serviced ship.
The new cruise ships are expected to be built by Huntington Ingalls, a California-based shipbuilder.
The ships have been designed to withstand storm surge, and they can carry up to 2,200 passengers.
The White House has also promised to boost Coast Guard funding by $500 million over the next three years.
Cruises are not the only big-ticket items on the Trump agenda.
The administration also plans to propose new rules on energy development that would allow companies to apply for federal grants to develop and build nuclear power plants.