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Congressman Ted Lieu

Representing the 33rd District of California

CONGRESSMAN LIEU REQUESTS HOUSE OVERSIGHT INVESTIGATION OF TRUMP’S RECKLESS DISREGARD FOR CYBERSECURITY

February 17, 2017
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WASHINGTON – Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) led a letter sent to House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings requesting that the Committee hold hearings on troubling reports of President Trump jeopardizing national security by using an unsecure Android smartphone and disregarding commonsense cybersecurity best practices. Mr. Lieu has emerged as a leading voice on cybersecurity and was featured on 60 Minutes last year to discuss serious mobile security vulnerabilities.

EXCERPTS FROM THE LETTER:

“Referring to the complex problem of cybersecurity, President Trump recently said in an interview, “I’m not sure you have the kind of security that you need.” We fully agree—which is why we are writing to request that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committedly hold a hearing into troubling reports that the President is jeopardizing national security by egregiously failing to implement commonsense security measures across the board, from using an insecure, consumer-grade Android smartphone to discussing nuclear strategy openly in a dining room at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida.”

“Cybersecurity experts universally agree that an ordinary Android smartphone, which the President is reportedly using despite repeated warnings from the Secret Service, can be easily hacked.”

“This behavior is more than bad operational security—it is an egregious affront to national security.”

THE FULL TEXT OF THE LETTER CAN BE FOUND HERE

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