U.S. President Donald Trump holds a meeting with top Cabinet secretaries, agency heads and staff members to discuss his plans for beefing up cyber security in the country. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he wanted to boost cyber security by requiring the heads of government agencies to play a more direct role in reviewing and managing risks to networks under their control. Trump, at a White House event with top officials to discuss an executive order originally due to be signed on Tuesday, said that he would "hold my Cabinet secretaries and agency heads accountable, totally accountable, for the cyber security of their organizations." The White House later said Trump would not sign the order Tuesday, but provided no additional details. "We must defend and protect federal networks," he said. The order will give the White House budget office a central role in assessing cyber risks for the entire executive branch, and will require agency heads to develop plans to modernize aging information technology systems, a White House official told reporters, speaking on condition of anonymity. Cyber breaches featured in the run-up to the Nov. 8 election, which Trump won over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, most notably with the hacking and leaking of Democratic National Committee emails. Trump said hackers tried to penetrate the Republican National Committee as well but that they failed. Trump vowed his administration will work with the private sector to ensure owners and operators of critical infrastructure to make sure they have the support they need from the federal government to guard against cyber threats. Trump said he would take steps to ensure cyber security is central to the U.S. military.