- December 27, 2016 -

Trump Names Bush Administration Veteran Thomas Bossert to White House Homeland Security Post

Washington Post

President-elect Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he has appointed Thomas P. Bossert, a veteran of the George W. Bush administration, as assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism.

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Trump's transition office said that the position would be elevated to be equal in status to that of retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, whom Trump previously named as his national security adviser.

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The transition team said Bossert would focus on domestic and transnational security issues while Flynn focuses on international security challenges. Bossert served in the White House previously as the deputy homeland security adviser to President Bush. In that capacity, he supported and advised the president on matters of homeland and national security, counterterrorism, cybersecurity and continuity of operations, Trump’s transition office said in announcing the pick.

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In a statement, Bossert said he is looking forward to working with Flynn as well as “maintaining a strong, deeply respectful relationship” with state and local officials and emergency responders involved in homeland security.

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Since leaving the Bush administration, Bossert has run a homeland and national security consulting business and served as a senior cybersecurity fellow at the U.S. Atlantic Council. He previously held other positions in federal government with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Small Business Administration, the Office of the Independent Counsel and the U.S. House of Representatives.

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