People have been jumping off of the S.S. Trump in droves. Yet, the newest person to swim for the shores of safety will be a major loss for the president.
Rachel Maddow has a full wall of people who left this administration, which filled the entire space behind her on the show’s set. The host of MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show (TRMS) has added to the ever-expanding list of people every day.
The most recent person to resign will leave a huge hole in the administration. Homeland security adviser, Tom Bossert, just resigned, according to a White House spokesperson.
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Bossert led “cyber defenses” and many other security issues, according to CNN:
‘The president is grateful for Tom’s commitment to the safety and security of our great country. Tom led the White House’s efforts to protect the homeland from terrorist threats, strengthen our cyber defenses, and respond to an unprecedented series of natural disasters.’
The nearly 6-foot-6 man frequented the lobby at Trump Tower multiple times during the transition period. The president offered him the job at the White House shortly after the two men met.
Bossert’s background included “Equifax hack, counterterrorism, cybersecurity, flood insurance,” and more, according to The Washington Times. It was natural for him to be Trump’s frontman during the Harvey and Irma hurricane recoveries. He told the nation:
‘I want to make sure you understand that you should continue to have confidence in what we’re doing as a government.’
He was also a “bastion of competence” in an erratic White House. President George W. Bush’s homeland security adviser Fran Townsend worked with Bossert in 43’s administration:
‘Tom’s got a very good ability to read people” and deliver information in ways tailored to their styles. I think that we see real differences in the way that, for example, that the president and vice president process information. … Tom’s got a strong relationship with both of them.’
Josh Corman of the Atlantic Council said that Bossert was an expert on cybersecurity or what Trump calls “the cyber:”
‘Tom’s role covers three things: homeland security, counterterrorism and cybersecurity. Every predecessor in that role has treated those as separate domains, Tom uniquely understood the intersection. There are only maybe only five people in the whole government who understand that, and he’s one.’
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