Service experts are being enlisted by President Donald Trump to combat the incoming administration and its war on whistleblowers, the New York Times reported Friday.
“Service professionals are in a very critical place right now,” David Sanger, the chief technology officer for the National Association of Service Providers (NASS), told the newspaper.
“They’re in the trenches right now, they’re in combat zones, and they’re really facing an uphill battle.”
The service industry, along with other tech giants like Facebook and Google, has been pushing back against the Trump presidency on a number of fronts, including the President’s travel ban.
Sanger’s organization has been in touch with the White House to ask for help.
“We’re trying to get the White’s attention on the issues that are most important to us and that we think are going to be the biggest things for the industry,” Sanger told the Times.
The NASS is a trade group that represents over 3 million service providers and is known for its aggressive lobbying tactics.
The White House is trying to force them to play a bigger role in fighting against the administration’s agenda.
“In terms of lobbying and what we’ve seen over the last couple of years, the White has been really trying to pressure us into the fight, and to try to make us look bad,” said Michael Czinas, an executive vice president of the NASS, speaking on Friday.
The president is currently on a trip to Europe, but there has been no official response from the White to Sanger or other service providers who have been urging the administration to stand with them.
“It’s really a matter of whether we get them or not,” Sangeas said.
The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) are also pushing back, but have been slow to respond to the White.
On Friday, the NSA issued a statement saying it was “aware of the concerns raised by the NISS and other advocacy groups and we will respond in the appropriate manner.”