White House Eliminates Cybersecurity Coordinator Role

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The position was left open when Rob Joyce, President Trump's first coordinator, announced last month he was leaving the White House to return to the National Security Agency.

The move comes after a National Security Council (NSC) official confirmed to The Hill that the administration made a decision to eliminate the position of cybersecurity coordinator.

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 US official.

Its place will be taken by two senior directors in the NSC.

The National Security Council reportedly argues the move's about reducing bureaucracy, not reducing security, according to a statement obtained by several news outlets.

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But Lieu called the decision "outrageous, especially given that we're facing more hostile threats from foreign adversaries than ever before", The Hill reported.

"Since Ambassador Bolton has come onto the job, he and I speak regularly", she said, describing cybersecurity strategy work between herself and Bolton as "hand in glove". "Fortunately, our bill will fill in those holes in government cybersecurity oversight by creating a National Office for Cyberspace in the White House". Representative Jim Langevin (D-RI), said: "It is an enormous step backwards to deemphasize this growing challenge".

It remains to be seen if their bill will garner any Republican support.

A co-founder of the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus rebuked National Security Advisor John Bolton on Tuesday for eliminating the White House cyber coordinator position.

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