The 45th President of the United States, and perhaps a leader among the most controversial presidents the country has seen, recently met with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the possibility of a Joint US-Russia Cyber Unit.
The President took to his Twitter account to share the news:
Soon after his tweet was posted, Twitter users (some of whom are politicians) to him to task. Many expressed their outright resentment to the formation of such a unit.
“It’s not the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard, but it’s pretty close,” said South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham.
“Partnering with Putin on a ‘Cyber Security Unit’ is akin to partnering with Assad on a ‘Chemical Weapons Unit’, ” wrote Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio on Twitter.
“A cyber security working group with the very perpetrators of the attack on our election? Might as well just mail our ballots to Moscow,” said Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., a ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said, “What we agreed on the cyber front is to explore a framework under which we might begin to have agreement on how to deal with these very complex issues of cyber threats, cybersecurity [and] cyber intrusions. This is a challenge, obviously, for us globally.”
Upon seeing this response, President Trump took to Twitter to rule out the idea, saying that just because it was discussed did not mean it would be incorporated.
Megha Shah for TechFunnel.com