- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 27, 2016

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

In the role, Mr. Bossert will advise Mr. Trump on issues tied to homeland security, counterterrorism, and cybersecurity, according to the presidential transition team.

“Tom brings enormous depth and breadth of knowledge and experience to protecting the homeland to our senior White House team,” Mr. Trump said. “He has a handle on the complexity of homeland security, counterterrorism and cybersecurity challenges. He will be an invaluable asset to our administration.”

The plans are for Mr. Bossert to focus on “domestic and transnational priorities,” with incoming National Security Adviser Michael Flynn focused on international security issues, according to the transition team.

The transition team said Mr. Trump is elevating the role alongside National Security Adviser in a move that “reflects the unwavering commitment President-elect Trump has to the safety and security of the nation, its people and territory.”

Lisa Monaco has served as President Obama’s homeland security and counterterrorism adviser.

Mr. Bossert, the deputy homeland security adviser to former President George W. Bush, said he is “grateful” for the opportunity.

“I am looking forward to working closely with Gen. Flynn as we together help the president-elect advance the interests of the United States and its allies,” he said.

“Further, I also look forward to maintaining a strong, deeply respectful relationship with the governors, mayors, police and fire fighters, emergency managers, EMS professionals, and public health officials that constitute the backbone of our homeland security and our national preparedness,” Mr. Bossert said.

• David Sherfinski can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

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