Tom Bossert, Bush’s former deputy Homeland Security adviser during his final year as President, will be President-elect Trump’s top homeland security, counterterrorism and cybersecurity adviser. In addition, it was also announced that Trump will disband the National Security Council and the Homeland Security Council after President Obama merged them upon taking office in 2009.In a statement, it was explained that Lt. General Michael Flynn, President-elect Trump’s pick for national security adviser will overlook international security issues, and Tom Bossert will focus on domestic security threats.
Trump praised the experienced official by calling him “an invaluable asset to our administration.”
Trump also stated that Bossert “brings enormous depth and breadth of knowledge and experience to protecting the homeland to our senior White House team,” and that “he has a handle on the complexity of homeland security, counterterrorism, and cybersecurity challenges.”
In a statement released by the Trump transition team, Bossert expressed his thoughts about working towards “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. The internet is a U.S. invention, it should reflect these U.S. values as it continues to transform the future for all nations and all generations.”