President-elect Donald Trump announced Tuesday that Tom Bossert would serve as his assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism.
Bossert served as deputy homeland security adviser in the George W. Bush administration. He currently works as president of CDS LLC, a private risk management firm.
The Trump transition team’s announcement pointed out that the role was filled by a deputy national security adviser in the Barack Obama administration but Bossert’s position will be “elevated and restored to its independent status alongside the National Security Advisor, a decision that reflects the unwavering commitment President-elect Trump has to the safety and security of the Nation, its people and territory.”
Bossert will focus on domestic security while Gen. Michael Flynn, Trump’s appointee for national security adviser, will focus on international security issues, the announcement said.
Despite Trump’s repeated claims he opposed the war in Iraq, Bossert is decidedly more hawkish. Last year, he wrote an op-ed for the Washington Times saying “the use of military force against Iraq and Afghanistan was and remains just.”
In addition, Bossert retweeted a blog post from a fellow from the Council on Foreign Relations making a case that Taiwan is a better candidate for being considered a currency manipulator than China.
Earlier this month, Trump spoke with the leader of Taiwan, despite years of the U.S. recognizing the People’s Republic of China as part of the “one-China” policy. Trump has also consistently lambasted China as a currency manipulator.