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7 Infrastructure Advisers Quit, Saying Trump Is Making Country Less Safe

President Trump, via White House

President Trump, via White House

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump’s controversial response to the violence that broke out during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., has prompted the resignations of seven members of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council this week.

Their concerns are that Trump is making the country less safe by failing to quickly and sternly denounce hate groups.

“Your actions have threatened the security of the homeland I took an oath to protect,” the resigning members wrote in a letter sent Monday and obtained by HuffPost

“You failed to denounce the intolerance and violence of hate groups,” the letter read.

Huffington Post wrote:

The resigning members include Cristin Dorgelo, former chief of staff at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy under President Barack Obama; DJ Patil, former White House chief data scientist; and Christy Goldfuss, former managing director at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. All three confirmed to HuffPost that they had resigned.

Daniel Tangherlini, a former administrator of the General Services Administration, was also among those who resigned, CQ Roll Call confirmed on Wednesday. Seven total people resigned, according to Dorgelo and Goldfuss.

A White House spokesperson did not respond to HuffPost’s request for comment. But a White House statement published by Reuters on Tuesday said “We can confirm that a number of members of the [council] who had been appointed under the previous administration have submitted their resignation.” 

The National Infrastructure Advisory Council is made up of presidential appointees from the private sector, academia and government, and was originally founded in 2001 under then-President George W. Bush. It advises the president on security, including cybersecurity, for critical infrastructure like water systems. There are now only 20 members listed on the council’s website, down from 27 earlier today.


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