President Donald Trump proposed creating a so-called “cyber security unit” with Russia, then he decided against it after the idea was shot down by pretty much anybody who got word of it, including congressional members of his own GOP party. Trump, after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, said Sunday that they discussed building “an impenetrable Cyber Security unit” to address issues such as election meddling.
“It’s not the dumbest idea I have ever heard, but it’s pretty close,” Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican of South Carolina, said of the plan. Senate Republican Marco Rubio of Florida tweeted that “partnering with Putin on a ‘Cyber Security Unit’ is akin to partnering with [Syrian President Bashar] Assad on a ‘Chemical Weapons Unit.”‘
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that Trump and the Russian president decided at a meeting during a Group of 20 nations summit in Hamburg, Germany, to embark on a joint “cyber unit to make sure that there was absolutely no interference whatsoever, that they would work on cyber security together.”