In a move that is sure to anger some of the administration’s biggest tech supporters, President Donald Trump’s White House is set to hire two of the most prominent tech figures on Capitol Hill to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice.
The White House confirmed the hiring of two former technology executives, David Sanger and Kevin Mandia, to head the National Security Agency and the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, the Washington Post reported.
The Post added that the appointment of Sanger to the top intelligence post, which was previously vacant, could be viewed as an acknowledgment that Trump’s tech team, while still being young, has grown significantly.
The appointment of the two former tech giants to the National Intelligence and Analysis Council (NIAAC), which has been run by former NSC director James Clapper, raises the possibility that the president will be looking to his tech team for ideas for how to combat Russian meddling in the 2016 election, which he blames on Democrats.
The two tech execs will be tasked with overseeing the NIAAC’s work in areas including cybersecurity, foreign intelligence, intelligence analysis and analysis, and cybercrime, according to the report.
In addition, Trump’s national security adviser, retired Lt.
Gen. Michael Flynn, and his top tech aide, Sebastian Gorka, will be heading the NICS, the report said.
Trump’s top aides on CapitolHill are reportedly looking for a new “dream team” of tech executives to help shape the administration.
The White House has already said that the two tech men are among those expected to lead NIAACA and the FBI, the two agencies that were once dominated by former President Barack Obama.
But the president’s decision to hire the two Silicon Valley veterans to lead both agencies has caused some observers to worry that he may be taking a hardline stance against Silicon Valley.
According to a report by the Washington Examiner, Trump has “no intention of going to the Wall Street Journal and telling the stock market that he’s not going to let the Wall St. Journal do business with him,” the Hill reported.
“He’s not a Wall Street CEO,” a source close to Trump told the Examiner.
“He’s a Silicon Valley CEO.”
However, one of the Silicon Valley CEOs who has previously been on Trump’s short list to lead his tech administration told the newspaper that the administration has “a lot of people in the White House who are good at tech and have the ability to create a great team.”
“He will try to get the best out of everybody,” said the Silicon Chamber of Commerce CEO.
“And I’m confident that he will.”
The Whitehouse said it was looking to hire “a new set of national security and intelligence experts,” and that the Whitehouse would be “evaluating the best of the best” to lead those positions.
The Post added the administration would also be looking for “experts with strong backgrounds in cybersecurity, computer forensics, cybersecurity education, and information security to help lead the NCAACA and NICS.”
Sanger and Mandia have both previously served as leaders at the White Houses Information Security and Privacy Office.