Trump: ‘Hillary Clinton Has Taught Us Really How Vulnerable We Are in Cyber Hacking’

By Melanie Arter | September 7, 2016 | 1:08pm EDT
GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump (AP Photo)

( – In a speech at the Union League of Philadelphia, GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump said Wednesday that the Defense Department’s cyber capabilities must be improved to prevent cyber hacking and that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has taught the nation how vulnerable it is.

“We will improve the Department of Defense’s cyber capabilities – a new threat, a new problem, very expensive, and we’re not doing very well with cyber. Hillary Clinton has taught us really how vulnerable we are in cyber hacking,” Trump said.

That’s why “one of the first things we must do is to enforce all classification rules and to enforce all laws relating to the handling of classified information,” he added.

Trump’s comments come on the heels of an FBI report released on Sept. 2, which said that “State Diplomatic Security Service (DS) instructed Clinton that because her office was in a SCIF (a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility), the use of mobile devices in her office was prohibited."

The FBI report revealed that as secretary of State, Clinton “primarily used her personal Blackberry or personal iPad for checking emails" and brought those devices into secure areas at the State Department, even though she wasn’t allowed to.

Trump said his administration would “make it a priority to develop defensive and offensive cyber capabilities at our U.S. cyber command and recruit the best and brightest Americans.”

“One of my first directives after taking office will be asking of the joint chiefs of staff and all relevant federal departments to conduct a thorough review of United States cyber defenses and identify all vulnerabilities, and we have to do that immediately, including to our power grid, our communication system, and all vital infrastructure,” Trump said. “I will then ask for a plan to immediately protect those vulnerabilities and then fix them.

“At the same time, we will invest heavily in offensive cyber capabilities to disrupt our enemies, including terrorists, who rely heavily on internet communications,” he added. “ISIS is using the internet to recruit. ISIS is using the internet to intercept and do all sorts of things to our country. We have to be many steps ahead of them, and we will be.

“These new investments in cyber security and the modernization of our military will spur substantial new job creation in the private sector and help create the jobs and technologies of tomorrow,” Trump said.

“America must be the world’s dominant technological powerhouse of the 21st century, and young Americans, including in our inner cities, should get these new jobs. Through training, through education, it will happen,” he said.

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