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Trump Cancels Plans to Ink Cybersecurity Executive Order

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President Donald Trump postponed plans to sign Tuesday an executive order that would seek to build up the country’s defensive and offensive cyber capabilities and commission a government-wide assessment of cyber risks, The Hill reported Tuesday.

Jordan Fabian writes the White House did not offer a reason behind the canceled signing ceremony and that Trump held a “listening session” with Cabinet members and cybersecurity experts.

“I will hold my Cabinet secretaries and agency heads accountable, totally accountable for the cybersecurity of their organizations which we probably don’t have as much, certainly not as much as we need,” Trump said at the session, according to the report.

Sean Spicer, White House press secretary, told reporters the administration may not be ready to sign the order Tuesday, according to a report by Gregory Korte for USA Today.

“I think the president’s got a pretty good idea where he’s gonna go, but I think he wants to hear what [former New York] Mayor [Rudy] Giuliani and some of these other experts have to say about the steps that we can take in terms of executive action that will help secure further these critical infrastructures,” Spicer said, the report added.

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