INTERNET (JULY 09, 2017) (SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday (July 9) he and Russia’s president had discussed forming a cyber security unit, an idea harshly criticized by Republicans who said Moscow could not be trusted after its alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.
Republican Senators Lindsey Graham, an influential South Carolina Republican who is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee blasted the idea.
“It’s not the dumbest idea I have ever heard but it’s pretty close,” Graham told NBC’s “Meet the Press” program, saying that Trump’s apparent willingness to “forgive and forget” stiffened his resolve to pass legislation imposing sanctions on Russia.
In another tweet, Trump said that “sanctions were not discussed at my meeting with President Putin. Nothing will be done until the Ukrainian & Syrian problems are solved!”
Graham said he viewed that tweet as a positive sign but that the other tweets by Trump from Sunday morning suggest the Republican president has a blind spot when it comes to Russia.
Trump also tweeted on Sunday about U.S. intelligence agencies, writing “Questions were asked about why the CIA & FBI had to ask the DNC 13 times for their SERVER, and were rejected.”
But former Central Intelligence Director John Brennan told Meet the Press “that is absolutely wrong.”
Trump said he had raised allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election with President Vladimir Putin when the two leaders met for the first time during the G20 meetings in Germany over the weekend.
Trump had called it an “honor” to meet with the Russian president, drawing swift criticism from Democrats at home, as well as from Brennan on Sunday.
“An honor to meet the individual who carried out the assault against our election? To me, it was a dishonorable thing to say,” Brennan said.