Middle-east Arab News Opinion | Asharq Al-awsat

Trump Appoints Bossert as Homeland Security Aide | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
Select Page
Media ID: 55364581

Thomas Bossert will be Trump’s homeland security aide, the president-elect announced on Tuesday. (Credit: Getty Images / Chip Somodevilla)

Washington – U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has named Thomas Bossert as his Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counter-terrorism.

Bossert served as top homeland security advisor during President George W. Bush’s tenure.

Trump’s team announced that the role of homeland security aide “is being elevated and restored to its independent status alongside the National Security Advisor,” and that the role will lead the charge on battling domestic and transnational terrorism while retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn will focus on international security.

Trump also officially named longtime advisor Jason Greenblatt to be his “special representative for international negotiations.”

Meanwhile, the Washington Post said on Tuesday that Republican senators would have power in numbers, with a 52-to-48 Senate majority.

But the paper added that a number of independent-minded senators could arguably have even more power.

It added that just three Republicans could derail some of Donald Trump’s critical Cabinet-level nominations, which need to be approved by a 51-vote majority of the U.S. Senate.

On a different note, the concentration of wealth among president-elect Donald Trump’s nominees is setting up an arduous and expensive Senate confirmation process that could slow implementation of the White House agenda, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The paper said that Trump has so far appointed five billionaires and half a dozen multimillionaires to serve in his administration.

To win confirmation, they will be required to disclose their financial holdings and divest themselves of any assets that could present a potential conflict of interest with their new posts, it added.