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September 18, 2019

Thompson: New National Security Advisor Must Bring Back Cyber Coordinator Position

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on news that President Trump has named Robert O'Brien as National Security Advisor:   

“Mr. O’Brien, President Trump’s fourth National Security Advisor, is named when threats facing the nation have evolved and our adversaries are exploiting cyberspace in new ways to advance their economic ambitions, assert influence, and undermine U.S. power.  His first act as National Security Advisor must be to bring back the position of White House Cybersecurity Coordinator.  Despite concerns raised when the position was eliminated last year, the White House has done little to address the vacuum left behind.  With cyber threats becoming more sophisticated and growing by the day, including the persistent threat to our election systems, there is no reason that the White House should have allowed this position to be eliminated.”

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