Donald Trump taps ex-Bush aide Thomas Bossert for counterterrorism post

December 28, 2016 6:00 am

, a former national security aide to former President George W. Bush, will serve as President-elect ’s homeland security adviser. (Photo by Politico)

US President-elect Donald Trump has appointed a top national security aide under former President George W. Bush as his homeland security and counter-terrorism adviser.
In a statement on Tuesday, Trump picked for the post Thomas Bossert, who was a deputy homeland security adviser in the last year of the Bush administration in the White House.
“Tom brings enormous depth and breadth of knowledge and experience to protecting the homeland to our senior White House team,” Trump said in the statement.
“He has a handle on the complexity of homeland security, counter-terrorism, and cybersecurity challenges. He will be an invaluable asset to our Administration,” he added.
The Trump transition team said Bossert’s role will be expanded under the president-elect administration and that the appointee is to be given an “independent status alongside the National Security Advisor.”
The team further noted that Bossert’s focus will be on the protection of the country from counter-terrorism threats, while retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, the incoming national security adviser, is to focus on “international security challenges.”

Former US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (L) jokes with retired General Michael Flynn as they speak at a rally at Grand Junction Regional Airport on October 18, 2016 in Grand Junction, Colorado. (Photo by AFP)

After the announcement of his appointment, Bossert highlighted cybersecurity as a priority in his new job, saying that the US “must work toward [a] 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.”
Reports said that Trump’s new appointment had drawn acclamation from some members of the US Congress and former colleagues in the Bush administration, who described Bossert as knowledgeable about threats to the country.
Trump’s campaign had been hit with many controversies since its inception in early 2015, but he still managed to stun the world by defeating the heavily-favored Democrat candidate, Hillary Clinton, in the election.
Thousands of people since then have held demonstrations in cities across the US to protest against Trump’s victory, condemning his controversial campaign rhetoric against Muslims, immigrants, women and other groups.
The real estate mogul’s controversial comments include a call to ban all Muslims from coming to America as well as stopping Mexican migrants by building a long wall along the US-Mexico border.
He has also sought a database to track Muslims across the and said that the US would have “absolutely no choice” but to close down mosques.
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