President Donald Trump's administration has officially eliminated its top cybersecurity post at the behest of new national security adviser John Bolton, according to a Politico report published Tuesday.
Within hours of the news, Reps.
Politico first reported earlier on Tuesday that the position had been scrapped, citing an email from an aide to national security adviser John Bolton that was sent to NSC employees, and provided to the newspaper by a former USA official.
CNN reported last month Bolton pushed out Tom Bossert as homeland security adviser to make room for his own team, as several other officials left the National Security Council, including deputy national security adviser Nadia Schadlow and Joyce, who served as Bossert's deputy.
"With our two Senior Directors for Cybersecurity, cyber coordination is already a core capability", the announcement read.
Asked about the position at a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing on Tuesday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said she had not discussed the decision with Bolton.
Sens. Angus King (I-ME) and James Lankford (R-OK) lit into senior USA intelligence officials during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing earlier this year over the lack of a US doctrine to respond to cyber attacks and who, exactly, advises the president on cyber issues.
The White House's own economic policy advisors estimate that cyberattacks and malicious cyber activities cost the U.S. economy as much as $109 billion in 2016 alone.
"Today's actions continue an effort to empower National Security Council Senior Directors".
The White House has seen a raft of departures since Bolton began his new role in April.
The position was established during the administration of President Barack Obama and was aimed at harmonizing government policy on cybersecurity and digital warfare.
In a tweet storm Tuesday, Senate Intelligence Committee vice chair Mark Warner (D-VA) laid out a long list of cyber threats - from state actors like China and Russian Federation to ransomware and cyber crime - and called on the White House to keep the cyber coordinator position.
"W$3 e should be investing in our nation's cyber defense, not rolling it back", Warner tweeted.
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