Donald J. Trump and Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz, once bitter rivals for the GOP presidential nomination, are now fighting for a shared goal: to stop a U.S. plan to give up oversight of the technical functions that make the internet work.
According to a Sept. 21 statement on his campaign website, Trump believes that internet freedom is at stake if the plan goes through.
“Internet freedom is now at risk with the President’s intent to cede control to international interests, including countries like China and Russia, which have a long track record of trying to impose online censorship,” said Stephen Miller, national policy director for the campaign. “Congress needs to act, or Internet freedom will be lost for good, since there will be no way to make it great again once it is lost.”
Cruz has been making the same argument all along.
GOP lawmakers have been fighting to include in a stopgap government funding bill language that would block or stall the transition plan. If the effort is successful and the transition doesn’t proceed Oct. 1 as scheduled, it might be pushed into the next presidency.
And, if Trump is elected as the next president, he and Cruz might work together to stop the transition permanently.
Cruz said yesterday on his Twitter account: “Appreciate @realDonaldTrump’s support of our efforts to stop Obama’s Internet handover & keep the #Internet free.”
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