Former National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien: if AICO Passes, “America Is Going To Be Less Safe”

In Capitol Hill Briefing, Conservative Leaders Sound Off On Left’s Anti-Trust Agenda 

WASHINGTON – During a recent policy briefing on Capitol Hill, former Trump Administration National Security Advisor Robert C. O’Brien did not mince words warning how America’s foreign foes would benefit if two antitrust bills being pushed by liberal leaders in Washington become law. At the center of the discussion were the American Innovation and Choice Online (AICO) Act, S.2992 and Open App Markets Act, S.2710.

The U.S. should expect “champagne corks popping” in the headquarters of WeChat, ByteDance and other Chinese tech companies “the day this bill passes,” O’Brien warned the audience of congressional staffers. 

O’Brien outlined how the activist-backed AICO Act has little protection of privacy, and could lead to the sharing of Americans’ private information.

“What I’m concerned about is that if these bills become law…America is going to be less safe, China is going to have an edge and we’re going to give away one of the great advantages that we have as a country with our great high-tech sector,” O’Brien said. 

O’Brien was joined by Doug Holtz-Eakin, former Director of the Congressional Budget Office, who touched on the economic consequences of the left’s bills, pointing out they would override consumer choice and make America more like Europe, which “has never been confused as a hot bed of innovation.”

The event was hosted by the Competitiveness Coalition and moderated by its chair, Scott Brown, former senator and ambassador to New Zealand.

Video links to notable excerpts from the event can be found below. For more information, please visit Members of the press can contact the coalition at

Doug Holtz-Eakin: The AICO Is An Example Of Overriding The Power Of Consumer Choice

Doug Holtz-Eakin: No One Has Ever Confused Europe As A Hot Bed Of Innovation

Doug Holtz-Eakin: The Klobuchar Approach Changes Focus Away From The Consumer

Ambassador Robert O’Brien: The AICO Act Will Stifle American Tech Innovation

Ambassador Robert O’Brien: We Cannot Allow The Chinese Communist Party To Dominate Tech

Ambassador Scott Brown: It’s Telling That Left Wing Politicians Are Supporting The AICO