Throughout the course of his campaign, President Trump frequently attacked his rival, Hillary Clinton, due to her use of a private unsecured email server during her tenure as Secretary of State. Trump and other Republicans alleged that Clinton’s use of such a server was possibly illegal and certainly a security risk.
Given his alleged concerns over cyber security, it’s rather odd that the man tasked with securing the White House’s communications and data security has been removed from his position.
ZDNet reports that Cory Louie “was either fired or asked to resign last Thursday evening, and was escorted out from his office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.”
The White House has, as of right now, not offered any comments on the nature of Louie’s departure, but one source insists that all of President Obama’s appointees have “targets on their backs” and are in danger of being fired or forced to resign. The source described the current situation as a “witch hunt” for Obama appointees. The source went on to describe the current work environment as “toxic” and said accusations of poor management were commonplace.
Neither Louie nor the White House have commented on the departure and Louie’s Linkedin profile remains unchanged. If Louie’s position was immediately filled, the White House has not made any formal announcements.
Regardless of the circumstances behind Louie’s departure, it is a trouble situation nonetheless. Clinton’s use of a private email server did not, as far as we know, pose a risk to national security, but it was still a poor decision on her part. That being said, Trump’s decision to fire Louie without a replacement is far worse than Clinton’s email server. In light of the intelligence community’s insistence that Russia hacked the DNC’s servers, it is truly absurd that Trump would force Louie to resign without immediately announcing a replacement.
Louie was one fo the few members of the Obama administration’s cyber security staff to stay on following Trump’s inauguration. Most of them resigned their positions once Trump took office. It’s possible they felt it was better to leave on their own than being ungracious removed the way Louie apparently was.
For all of Trump’s talk about national security and building a wall to secure our borders, he has shown no inclination to do anything to improve cyber security or ensure that our country’s secrets are safe from hackers.
In fact, it’s reported that Trump still tweets from an unsecured Samsung Galaxy phone. If the Secretary of State’s use of a private email server warranted multiple investigations and proved that she was unfit for the presidency then what does the president’s use of an unsecured smartphone say?
As stated above, the White House has not yet announced a replacement for Louie. As far as we know the position remains unfilled which makes it that much easier for foreign powers or terrorist organizations to obtain national security secrets. On the bright side, at least Trump hasn’t appointed Bannon to the position. Then again, he does think his son is a genius with computers so that day may not be far off.
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