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Trump Sides With Cruz's Opposition to Obama's Internet Move

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Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz during the Dec. 15, 2015 GOP debate. (AP) 

By    |   Wednesday, 21 Sep 2016 08:26 PM

The Trump campaign Wednesday slammed President Barack Obama's move to give up U.S. oversight of domain names to international supervision — siding with primary rival Ted Cruz in his effort to "preserve Internet freedom for the American people and citizens all over the world."

"The U.S. should not turn control of the Internet over to the United Nations and the international community," said Stephen Miller, Donald Trump's national policy director. "President Obama intends to do so on his own authority — just 10 days from now, on Oct. 1 — unless Congress acts quickly to stop him.

"The Republicans in Congress are admirably leading a fight to save the Internet this week, and need all the help the American people can give them to be successful," he added. "Hillary Clinton's Democrats are refusing to protect the American people by not protecting the Internet."

The administration's plan will leave address-assigning functions for the Internet to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a private nonprofit based in Los Angeles.

The move would remove a U.S. government role that has been described by the Commerce Department as largely clerical.

At issue is the system for handling domains, like .com or .org, at the heart of every website.

Cruz, the Texas senator whom Trump defeated in the primaries, has railed against the plan, set for Oct. 1, as a possible threat to freedom.

The senator and several other senior Republicans might block the transfer as part of a stopgap spending bill required to avoid a government shutdown on that day, although neither party has explicitly threatened to filibuster the measure over the fight.

Miller said that oversight by the United States over the web "has kept the Internet free and open without government censorship — a fundamental American value rooted in our Constitution's 'free speech' clause."

"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.

"Congress needs to act, or Internet freedom will be lost for good," Miller added, "since there will be no way to make it great again once it is lost."

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