White House Homeland Security adviser being shifted out of job

By JENNIFER JACOBS | Bloomberg News | Published: January 19, 2020

WASHINGTON (Tribune News Service) — Coast Guard Rear Adm. Peter Brown, President Donald Trump’s third homeland security and counterterrorism adviser, is being moved out of his role after about six months, said four people familiar with the issue.

It’s the latest turnover in an office that’s seen its responsibilities narrow.

Brown replaced Doug Fears, who departed in July, after being tapped by then-National Security Adviser John Bolton, who departed the White House in September. Fears returned to the Coast Guard.

The White House didn’t immediately comment.

Brown played a prominent role during the 2019 hurricane season. He was one of Trump’s staunchest defenders after the president claimed that Hurricane Dorian might hit Alabama, despite National Weather Service statements to the contrary. Brown released a lengthy statement in September, supporting the president.

Thomas Bossert was Trump’s original homeland security adviser, serving from January 2017 to April 2018.

The scope of the White House homeland security adviser’s job seems to have narrowed, with counterterrorism, cybersecurity and biodefense playing a less prominent role. It’s unknown whether there will be a homeland security adviser once Brown leaves, two of the people familiar said.

The people said Brown was moved out of the White House’s West Wing a couple of weeks ago and likely will take on a new role overseeing Puerto Rico recovery from hurricane damage and recent earthquakes.

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