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International cyber security evidently not a Trump priority

Author: Staff / Source: Salon

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has his sights on the Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago, Friday, April 7, 2017, in Palm Beach, Fla. Trump was meeting again with his Chinese counterpart Friday, with U.S. missile strikes on Syria adding weight to his threat to act unilaterally against the nuclear weapons program of China’s ally, North Korea. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Credit: AP Photo/Alex Brando)

If there’s one thing you can say for Rex Tillerson’s leadership of the State Department, it is that he doesn’t appear all that concerned with the “optics” of his policy changes. We recently reported that Tillerson is poised to shutter the office of war crimes, to the great consternation of human rights advocates and international law experts.

However, in the midst of a media and political frenzy over potential interference by Russia in the US elections, the closing of the Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues seems odd to say the least. The office, also run by an envoy, a position Tillerson seems to have made special targets, will be incorporated into the State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. Again, the State Department cites redundancies and budget…

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