Seven members of Donald Trump’s cyber security team, including a data scientist of Indian origin, have resigned, accusing the US president of ignoring urgent national security issues.
In a group resignation letter, members of the National Infrastructure Council (NIAC), whose scope includes national cybersecurity, mentioned specific shortcomings in cybersecurity management’s focus and broader concerns that have undermined “moral infrastructure “He informed.
“You have paid insufficient attention to the growing cybersecurity threats to the critical systems on which all Americans depend, including those that affect the systems that support our democratic electoral process,” the letter said.
They also cited their failure to “denounce the intolerance and violence of hate groups” when asked about “horrible violence in Charlottesville” as one of the reasons they left.
Unite the Right ‘was organized on Aug. 12 to protest against the proposal to remove a statue of General Robert E Lee, who commanded confederate pro-slavery forces during the American Civil War. Violence erupted after they were confronted by anti-racism groups and later a car rolled into a group of anti-racism protesters in Charlottesville.
Donald Trump had blamed both sides including the “alt-left” for deadly violence.
The members, who were appointed under the previous administration, resigned just before the panel supposedly held its quarterly business meeting.
Among them are Obama-era officials: the first White House scientist, DJ Patil, the chief of staff of the Office of Science and Technology, Cristin Dorgelo, and Christy Goldfuss, general director of the White House for Environmental Quality.
The president recently lost two other panels before the members of the NIAC resigned. His administration dissolved the Manufacturing Council and the Strategic and Political Forum, but not before a good number of its members left.