Is Trump first president to protect electric grid from EMP and cyber attacks?

President Donald Trump may be the first national leader to call for protecting the U.S electric and communications grid against an electromagnetic attack.

May 8th, 2018

President Donald Trump may be the first national leader to call for protecting the U.S electric and communications grid against an electromagnetic attack. Deep in his new national security strategy, Trump made good on a campaign promise to move quickly to make the fixes that proponents of electromagnetic pulse (EMP) and cyber attack have long called for. Two of the chief advocates, William R. Graham and Peter Vincent Pry, executives of the nation’s first Congressional EMP Commission, said in a statement, “President Trump understands, even if everyone in his administration does not, that strategic stability and longstanding strategic relationships with Russia or China are best maintained — not by a policy of mutual vulnerability — but by a policy of Peace Through Strength. Protecting the nation from all missile threats and EMP should be the cornerstone of a ‘Peace Through Strength’ policy.” The duo claim that protecting the grid would not be expensive and could be done fast and with commercial products, a solution Trump endorsed in his strategy.

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