President Donald Trump said during his campaign he would reveal his plan for defeating the Islamic State group within the first 30 days of his presidency. That didn’t happen. In January, he promised to work on cybersecurity after he was briefed on Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election — and missed the 90-day deadline for handling that issue as well.
“Whether it is our government, organizations, associations or businesses we need to aggressively combat and stop cyberattacks,” Trump said in January. “I will appoint a team to give me a plan within 90 days of taking office. The methods, tools and tactics we use to keep America safe should not be a public discussion that will benefit those who seek to do us harm. ... America’s safety and security will be my No. 1 priority.”
In a series of tweets in January, spurred by the release of a dossier with strong claims against him, Trump again mentioned the deadline and vowed to deliver a report on the Russian hacking.
“My people will have a full report on hacking within 90 days!” he tweeted.
Trump missed that deadline Thursday, Politico noted. Apparently Trump doesn’t have a team or plan, and there is no definite answer from the White House on who would work on that.
Regarding the deadline, a White House spokesperson did not say why it was missed, but told Politico the “president has appointed a diverse set of executives with both government and private sector expertise who currently are working to deliver an initial cybersecurity plan through a joint effort between the National Security Council and the Office of American Innovation. ”
Since his promise in January, there have been more revelations of connections between Trump’s aides and Russia, including national security adviser and former Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.
Meanwhile, the Russian hacking is still under investigation by the FBI and congressional committees. The Kremlin has repeatedly denied the accusations.