Unless you’ve been hiding under a pile of passports for the past week, you know that Donald Trump is no stranger to the executive order. In face, he’s signed 19 executive actions in his first 12 days. That’s a lot, even though it’s one less than Barack Obama signed in his first 12 days.
Numbers aside, yesterday President Trump was scheduled to sign a new executive order regarding cybersecurity after a “listening session” with experts. Instead of signing the order, however, The Donald walked out of the meeting with his pens unused.
As for why he didn’t sign it, we might not ever know. We do, however, know a few things about what the executive order was supposed to be. That’s because a draft of the order was leaked to the Washington Post last week. It included orders to review U.S. cybersecurity vulnerabilities, incentives for the private sector to improve cybersecurity infrastructure and even the “identities, capabilities and vulnerabilities” of U.S. adversaries.
Here’s where things get interesting: Remember when the U.S. intelligence community concluded that Russia used hacking to influence the 2016 election, including the DNC email hacks? Well, it turns out that in the original draft of the leaked order, General Mike Flynn would have been a co-chair of the investigation. Who’s he? He’s the same dude who The Wall Street Journal reported was being investigated by U.S. counterintelligence agencies for his relationships with Russian officials, including calls with the Russian ambassador on the very day that President Obama announced sanctions against Russia.
Fascinating stuff. We’d watch this movie. Oh, wait.