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Starting the post-Christmas phase of his transition, President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday appointed George W. Bush administration official Thomas Bossert to be his homeland security and counter-terrorism adviser.

“Tom brings enormous depth and breadth of knowledge and experience to protecting the homeland to our senior White House team,” Trump said in a statement. “He has a handle on the complexity of homeland security, counter-terrorism, and cyber-security challenges.”

Bossert, a deputy homeland security adviser during the Bush administration, said he looks 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.” Trump said he was elevating Bossert’s position to an independent post alongside the national security advisor, instead of a deputy reporting to the advisor.

Focusing on cyber-security in particular, Bossert said that “we must work toward cyber doctrine that reflects the wisdom of free markets, private competition and the important but limited role of government in establishing and enforcing the rule of law, honoring the rights of personal property, the benefits of free and fair trade, and the fundamental principles of liberty.”

Trump continues to spend the year-end holidays at his Mar-a-Lago golf resort in Palm Beach, Fla.

The new appointment comes a day after Trump engaged in a long-distance battle with President Obama.

In a podcast interview with former political adviser David Axelrod, Obama said he could have won a third term had the Constitution permitted him to run again.

Trump replied via tweet that there was “NO WAY” Obama would have beat him.

In another tweet — also involving a dispute with the Obama administration — Trump criticized the United Nations for a resolution condemning Israeli settlements, an action the White House declined to veto.

“The United Nations has such great potential but right now it is just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time,” Trump tweeted. “So sad!”

Republished from USA Today, and written by David Jackson


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