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Trump administration to give coastal protection to the Gulf Coast

President Donald Trump is expected to announce Thursday a $4.8 billion package of coastal protection funding for the U.S. Gulf Coast, a White House official told CNN.

The money would be distributed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, according to a White Houses official.

The plan includes coastal protection grants for communities along the Mississippi River, the Texas Gulf Coast and the Florida Gulf Coast.

In his inaugural address, Trump said he would use the funds to improve coastal infrastructure and protect coastal areas from sea level rise.

The funding would cover $6.4 billion over three years and is expected “to make a big difference for coastal communities,” according to the White House.

The White House also announced Thursday that it is sending a letter to governors of coastal states asking them to expand their coastal protection programs.

A Trump administration official said the administration is “committed to ensuring that all communities of the United States are protected from the threat of rising seas and coastal erosion.”

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