Monday, July 10, 2017

Reuters -- Trump backtracks on cyber unit with Russia after harsh criticism

Trump’s enthusiasm to form a cyber security unit in partnership with Russia is of course a bad idea. "It's not the dumbest idea I have ever heard but it's pretty close," said Senator Lindsey Graham on "Meet the Press."

Trump said on Twitter that he and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed in their G20 meeting forming "an impenetrable Cyber Security unit" to address issues like meddling in elections.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said on Saturday that Trump and Putin had agreed to create "a cyber unit to make sure that there was absolutely no interference whatsoever, that they would work on cyber security together."

It was immediately scorned by congressional Republicans, who questioned why the United States would work with Russia after Moscow's alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

Yes, indeed, why would Trump agree to do that? It’s a good question. I think most of us know the answer.

Following the Republican harsh criticism, Trump, on Sunday, tweeted that he did not think it could happen.

U.S. President Donald Trump
upon his return to Washington, U.S.,
from the G20 Summit in Hamburg,
July 8, 2017.

REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

By Phil Stewart and Valerie Volcovici