President Trump is infamous for his poor understanding of…most things in general, but he’s especially incompetent when he comes to issues of technology. Whether it’s cancer-causing windmills or invisible fighter jets, his grasp of technological innovation is extremely lacking, and since taking the presidency he’s done absolutely nothing to rectify that.
That much was made obvious this week when he was asked about the threat of cyber attack from Iranian hackers during an interview with ABC13’s Lee Conklin and responded by babbling utter nonsense that made it clear he has no idea what “the cyber” is.
Trump was asked in a Toledo interview yesterday about the cyber threat from Iran. pic.twitter.com/DcECt7kd9r
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) January 10, 2020
This is not the first time that the President has exposed himself as a technological ignoramus, especially when it comes to the “cyber.” During a 2016 presidential debate, Donald Trump was asked about American institutions coming under cyber attack, and he responded by talking about how good his son is with the computers:
“So we had to get very, very tough on cyber and cyber warfare. It is a huge problem. I have a son—he’s 10 years old. He has computers. He is so good with these computers. It’s unbelievable. The security aspect of cyber is very, very tough. And maybe, it’s hardly doable. But I will say, we are not doing the job we should be doing. But that’s true throughout our whole governmental society. We have so many things that we have to do better, Lester. And certainly cyber is one of them.”
While it understandable how a 73-year-old man might have some trouble grappling with the constant evolution of modern technology, it is deeply disturbing to learn that the President of the United States still possesses such a primitive understanding of one of the foremost security threats to the nation that he’s ostensibly in charge of.