The White House has eliminated the position of cybersecurity coordinator after President Donald Trump's first appointee for the job departed last week, a spokesman for the National Security Council confirmed on Tuesday.
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.
"The role of cyber coordinator will end", Bolton aide Christine Samuelian emailed to staff, Politico reported.More news: Next Up at Amazon-Run Whole Foods: Half-Priced Halibut Steaks
Detractors say the role was important symbolically, though, and perhaps structurally as well - Senator Mark Werner (D-VA) says the coordinator was "the only person in the federal government tasked with delivering a coordinated, whole-of-government response to the growing cyber threats facing our nation". "Moving forward, these senior directors will coordinate cyber matters and policy".
"Today's actions continue an effort to empower National Security Council Senior Directors".
CNN reported last month Bolton pushed out Tom Bossert as homeland security adviser to make room for his own team, as several other officials left the National Security Council, including deputy national security adviser Nadia Schadlow and Joyce, who served as Bossert's deputy.More news: Scientists Claim Multiverse May Sustain Life
Nielsen: "I have not had a conversation with Ambassador Bolton about that particular issue".
A pair of Democratic lawmakers are introducing a bill that would save the top cybersecurity role at the White House after the Trump administration announced Tuesday it plans to eliminate the position.
"This move impedes our country's strategic efforts to counter cybersecurity threats against our country", Lieu said.More news: Global Electric Winch Market 2018-2025 Fong Hwang, Superwinch, Westin Automotive
She added the cybersecurity strategy released by her department on Tuesday was done in "close coordination" with NSC.