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In this photo provided by the German Government Press Office (BPA), Donald Trump meets Vladimir Putin during the G20 Summit on July 7, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany.
After a weekend of criticism of President Donald Trump‘s tweeted plan to create a cybersecurity unit in cooperation with Russia, the president posted on Twitter late Sunday U.S. time that he actually didn’t think it would happen.
Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time on Saturday at the G-20 Summit in Germany.
The U.S. president claimed that he had discussed allegations that Russia interfered with the U.S. election last year, including through hacking.
But then Trump said he accepted Putin‘s assurance that Russia didn’t interfere. After the meeting, Trump sent a tweet saying he would work with Russia to create an “impenetrable” cybersecurity unit to keep “election hacking, & many other negative things” protected.
That comment, coming as pundits began referring to the G-20 Summit as the “G-19 plus one” to signal how isolated the U.S. and Trump appeared, was met with “putting the fox in charge of the henhouse” derision — referencing repeated findings by U.S. and foreign intelligence agencies that Russia was involved in wide-scale hacking campaigns.
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican representing South Carolina, mocked his president’s proposed cybersecurity partnership in a weekend interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“It’s not the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard, but it’s pretty close,” Graham said.