THE KEY Visitors test smartphones at the ZTE's stand during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. (Lluis Genelluis/AFP) Want more stories about cybersecurity policy and politics? Sign up for this brand new newsletter here. President Trump’s surprising promise Sunday to help bring Chinese telecom giant ZTE back from the brink of collapse undercuts top law enforcement and intelligence officials, who have warned for years that the company’s products could be used for cyberespionage in the United States. ZTE has close ties with China’s government, and U.S. officials have raised concerns that its phones and other devices could be used as surveillance tools against Americans. Lawmakers immediately pointed out the contradiction. “Our intelligence agencies have warned that ZTE technology and phones pose a major cyber security threat,” Rep. Adam B. Schiff (Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, tweeted at Trump … [Read more...] about The Cybersecurity 202: Trump’s ZTE reversal flouts warnings from top national security officials
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By Matthew Kazin Published May 13, 2018 White House FOXBusiness Facebook Twitter Comments Print video Israeli ambassador: Leaving Iran deal was right thing to do Israel's ambassador to the U.N. speaks out on 'Sunday Morning Futures' about problems with the Iran nuclear agreement. The U.S. Embassy in Israel officially opens on Monday in Jerusalem – a location which has been at the epicenter of tensions between Israelis and Palestinians, as both claim the holy city as their capital – coinciding with the nation’s 70th anniversary. Continue Reading Below “It is a historic moment,” Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, told Maria Bartiromo during an interview on “Sunday Morning Futures.” “We need to celebrate it, and we intend to celebrate it. We are grateful for President Trump for finally – many presidents promised to move the embassy to Jerusalem. He’s … [Read more...] about US Embassy in Israel to open; security prepared for ‘all scenarios’
By Matthew Kazin Published May 13, 2018 White House FOXBusiness Facebook Twitter Comments Print video Rep. Michael McCaul on Iran deal flaws, immigration policy Rep. Michael McCaul supports Trump's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal and discusses lawmakers' push to force a House vote on immigration bills on 'Sunday Morning Futures.' House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul said Sunday he expects Iran to retaliate against the U.S., possibly through cyberspace, following President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal and apply sanctions against the Middle Eastern country. Continue Reading Below “We saw this after the sanctions in 2011 – major cyberattacks on the financial sector,” McCaul, R-Texas, told Maria Bartiromo during an interview on “Sunday Morning Futures.” The agreement -- officially known as the “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action” … [Read more...] about Iran likely to retaliate against US after sanctions, House Homeland Security Committee chair says
Upon Boehner's news, Austin Rep. Michael McCaul said he’d run for the job, if Ryan didn’t. Bryan Rep. Bill Flores and Midland Rep. Mike Conaway were also said to be considering a bid at the time.On Wednesday, Conaway, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee and who oversees the House Intelligence Committee's probe into Russian election meddling, demurred when asked if he'd be interested now."I'm really focused on getting the Farm Bill done," he told The Dallas Morning News. With respect to the speaker's race, "the whole system would be better served if we waited until next fall to have all those conversations." Flores said that with the headwinds of the midterm elections, now's not the time to think about the leadership race. While he's not expected to have any trouble in November, he said the party should focus on maintaining the Republican majority. "Otherwise the speaker's conversation is all moot," he said. McCaul, now … [Read more...] about Ryan retirement sets off House leadership scramble. Will any Texans run for speaker?
White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert resigned on Tuesday, depriving the Trump administration of a key voice on counterterrorism and cybersecurity just one day into John Bolton's regime. Bolton, the former Bush-era diplomat known for his hawkish stances, was installed Monday as President Donald Trump's national security adviser. By Tuesday, the White House said Bossert would be leaving his position. Story Continued Below According to one senior administration official, Bossert resigned at Bolton’s behest, although others cautioned that Bolton was not the driving force behind Bossert's exit. “The president is grateful for Tom's commitment to the safety and security of our great country,” press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. The move may rankle Bolton's critics, who have expressed concerns about his aggressive views on various issues, from cyberwar to the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East.Bossert has long been seen — … [Read more...] about Trump’s homeland security adviser resigns, raising questions on Bolton’s second day