Trump, Trudeau commit to cooperation on cyber

Trump, Trudeau commit to cooperation on cyber
© Greg Nash

President Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau committed to working together on cybersecurity and protecting critical infrastructure on Monday.

The pledge of cyber cooperation was one of several U.S.-Canadian partnerships highlighted by the two leaders during their first meeting in Washington, D.C.

“Given the integrated nature of the infrastructure that supports our intertwined economies, cyber threats to either country can affect the other,” Trump and Trudeau said in a joint statement provided by the White House on Monday afternoon.

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“We therefore commit to further cooperation to enhance critical infrastructure security, cyber incident management, public awareness, private sector engagement, and capacity building initiatives,” they said.

Trump has signaled that cybersecurity policy will be a priority of his administration, though a planned executive action on cyber rolled out in January has been delayed without explanation from the White House.

Lawmakers have paid increased attention to cybersecurity and vulnerabilities in the wake of Russia’s alleged hacking of Democratic organizations and individuals during the U.S. presidential election in an attempt to influence the outcome.

More recently, concerns have been raised about the potential of Russian meddling in upcoming European elections in France and Germany.