Trump announced Tuesday that he had chosen Thomas Bossert to join his administration as White House adviser on security and counterterrorism issues.
Bossert is no stranger to the White House, having served as deputy homeland security adviser under President George W. Bush. He also worked for two years as Director of Infrastructure Protection Policy.
Bossert “has a handle on the complexity of homeland security, counterterrorism, and cybersecurity challenges,” said Trump.
Bossert is a fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative – a think tank that focuses on “international cooperation, competition, and conflict in cyberspace.” Bossert says cybersecurity will take the main focus in his new job.
We “must work toward [a] cyber doctrine that reflects the wisdom of free markets, private competition, and the important but limited role of government in establishing and enforcing the rule of law, honoring the rights of personal property, the benefits of free and fair trade, and the fundamental principles of liberty,” he said in a statement.
Trump says Bossert will be assigned to “domestic and transnational priorities,” while National Security Adviser Michael Flynn will focus on international security issues.
“Tom brings enormous depth and breadth of knowledge and experience to protecting the homeland to our senior White House team,” said Trump. “He has a handle on the complexity of homeland security, counterterrorism, and cybersecurity challenges. He will be an invaluable asset to our administration.”
In other news, a nagging investigation is prohibiting Trump from making good on his promise to dissolve the Donald J. Trump charity before taking office.
“The Trump Foundation is still under investigation by this office and cannot legally dissolve until that investigation is complete,” said a spokesperson for NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
The charity has been under investigation for months after it admitted to violating IRS regulations.
“The DJT Foundation, unlike most foundations, never paid fees, rent, salaries, or any expenses,” tweeted Trump. “100% of the money goes to wonderful charities.”
A 2015 tax filing, however, confirmed that Trump used foundation money to settle lawsuits, make political donations, and purchase luxury items.