By MICHAEL WALTONIn the days after Trump’s inauguration, the Obama administration’s crackdown on unmanned aerial vehicles became a rallying cry for supporters and critics of the new administration.
The new administration, under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is expected to roll back the restrictions on the technology.
The Justice Department has no plans to lift the ban on the controversial drones that Trump ordered to be banned from domestic airspace by early January, a senior official said, declining to be named for reasons of policy.
But that would mark a significant reversal for a president who campaigned on a promise to end the drone war and which has said he would reverse Obama-era rules restricting use of drones in domestic airspace.
“I think the president and his team have taken a very clear stance that they’re going to do everything possible to make sure that the rule of law is not put in jeopardy, and we’re not going to get in a situation where we have drones being used against American citizens,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.
The official said the ban will be lifted once the Trump administration receives congressional approval.
Trump, a vocal critic of the Obama policies, has called for the drone ban to be lifted.
“I’m going to see what happens, but it will happen,” he said in April.
The official also said that Trump has not set a date for a rollback of the drone regulations.
“There’s a lot of ways to go in a regulatory process,” the official said.
“We have a lot to do.
There’s a bunch of different factors that have to come into play.”
The Trump administration’s actions are the first steps toward rolling back some of the nation’s most sweeping restrictions on unmanned aircraft technology, including a ban on civilian flights, an order that prohibits the sale of the U.S. military’s Black Hawk helicopters to foreign countries and a ban that limits the use of unmanned aerial systems in U.N. and non-U.N.-member countries.
Trump has said the restrictions are necessary to fight terrorism, though he has said they will not have a direct impact on U.A.E. operations, since they will continue to operate as normal under the rules.
The drone ban is the most sweeping of any U.F.O. restrictions on use of the technology since it was imposed by the George W. Bush administration in 2005.
The Trump White House, which has been criticized by lawmakers and privacy advocates for the lack of transparency around the use and regulation of drones, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The ban on military drones, which are used by U.s. forces around the world, came after the Obama White House approved the export of U.P.A.-type aircraft to several European countries, including Belgium and Sweden, in late 2015.
The European Union approved similar restrictions in late 2016, but the Us.
Congress blocked the export, arguing that it would be used for surveillance.
The U.K. Parliament also voted in July to ban the sale and use of UAVs, which have become an increasingly popular tool for U. S. military surveillance and military operations.
The Obama administration also lifted restrictions on sales of drones to nations with strong civil liberties, including Israel and Egypt, but not countries like Egypt, Jordan or Saudi Arabia.