ICYMI: Gardner Reiterates Call for Select Cybersecurity Committee on CNN

Discusses Iran, North Korea Threats with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, appeared on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer to discuss national security threats. 

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On Iran Harassing U.S. Naval Ships:

What we have seen over the past several years under Barack Obama's Administration is an emboldened Iran. They are emboldened because their sanctions have been relieved. They have received billions of dollars as a result of sanctions being lifted. That's why today we also saw the news that they are increasing their defense spending; they’re developing and continuing to infuse cash into a continental ballistic missile program. These actions should surprise no one. We have seen their aggression in the Strait of Hormuz and we have seen the U.S. have to fire warning shots toward Iranian ships. We have seen the illegal seizure of U.S. sailors and the embarrassing response when it happened.


On the Need for a Permanent Select Committee on Cybersecurity: 

“What I believe we ought to do, and I’ve advocated for this for well over a year now, is create a permanent select committee on cybersecurity. That way we can have a whole of government view, or a whole of government approach, to cybersecurity policy that can address Russia, that can address Iran, that can address North Korea. The Russian revelations - it’s not new. It is something we learned about over the summer. The President didn't respond in a forceful manner, just like he didn't respond to Ukraine in a forceful manner, just like he didn't respond to Syria in a forceful manner. He didn't respond to North Korea in a forceful manner as a result of the Sony attacks, didn’t respond to Iranian cyberattacks against infrastructure in this country. We ought to have a policy set in place that can be overseen by a permanent committee on cybersecurity to make sure we are addressing it all.”


On North Korea’s ICBM Threat:

“They [North Korea] have the capacity to miniaturize them [nuclear weapons], and they are working each and every day on the capacity to deliver that to the United States homeland. We know they have been able to reach out, that's why we are in the region, to our allies. That's why we are working on the deployment of THAAD, which is the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System, to shoot down anything they could fire that way. I believe we need to expedite that. I hope [the Trump Administration] will support that effort. The bottom line is this: North Korea presents a significant challenge to the safety of the American people. We have to stand strong with our allies like Japan and South Korea and force China to do what they can to put an end to the nuclear program in North Korea.


Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Budget Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.

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