More than a quarter of Donald Trump’s cyber security advisors have resigned in protest over the president’s handling of major issues.
Eight of the 28 members of Trump’s national infrastructure council stood down last week, citing his response to violence in Charlottesville and his decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate agreement, among other issues.
The resignation letter, which was obtained by NetGov, includes a blistering attack on Trump’s presidency:
When asked about the horrific violence in Charlottesville, you failed to denounce the intolerance and violence of hate groups, instead offering false equivalences and attacking the motives of the CEOs who had resigned from their advisory roles in protest. You have given insufficient attention to the growing threats to the cybersecurity of the critical systems upon which all Americans depend, including those impacting the systems supporting our democratic election process.
Additionally, your decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, your intent to revoke flood-risk building standards, and your many other actions to ignore the pressing threat of climate change to our critical infrastructure also point to your disregard for the security of American communities.
The resignations come after Intel’s Brian Krzanich, Merck’s Kenneth Frazier and Under Armour’s Kevin Plank stepped down from the president’s manufacturing council over his response to Charlottesville.
The Intel chief said in a statement that he wanted to highlight “the serious harm our divided political climate is causing to critical issues”, including tackling the decline of US manufacturing:
I have already made clear my abhorrence at the recent hate-spawned violence in Charlottesville, and earlier today I called on all leaders to condemn the white supremacists and their ilk who marched and committed violence. I resigned because I want to make progress, while many in Washington seem more concerned with attacking anyone who disagrees with them. We should honor – not attack – those who have stood up for equality and other cherished American values. I hope this will change, and I remain willing to serve when it does.
Trump was forced to disband the manufacturing board and his strategy and policy forum following members’ resignations.