May 10, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON- Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after Politico reported that White House National Security Advisor John Bolton is pushing to eliminate the White House’s top cybersecurity job.

“This is yet another example of the Trump Administration talking a big game on national security but taking steps that directly undermine our ability to combat emerging threats. As a computer science major and Air Force veteran, I can tell you that eliminating the White House cybersecurity coordinator will endanger our economy, critical infrastructure, and possibly American lives.

At a time when terror groups and nation states are beefing up their cyber capabilities, the Administration has signaled that it’s apparently time to weaken our defenses and – according to reports – put John Bolton in charge of one of the most technically complex jobs in the nation. Of course, this isn’t what the President told us when he issued an executive order to strengthen federal cybersecurity when he first took office – but like so many other promises, this too is turning out to be another lie.”