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Trump reverses on Russian-American cybersecurity unit

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Hours after saying he had decided to form an “impenetrable Cyber Security unit” with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Trump on Sunday night abruptly pulled back on his endorsement.

Trump’s original tweet was widely mocked given U.S. intelligence conclusions that Russia hacked into the servers of several American political organizations in the last election.

GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and John McCain (Ariz.) both said Putin could not be trusted to cooperate in any joint cyber effort with the U.S.

Trump’s tweet on Sunday night appeared to have been in response to some of this criticism.

“The fact that President Putin and I discussed a Cyber Security unit doesn’t mean I think it can happen. It can’t-but a ceasefire can,& did!” Trump tweeted on Sunday about three hours after tweeting about a cease-fire in Syria.

 

The cease-fire refers to a separate agreement between the U.S. and Russia aimed at ending fighting in southern Syria, which is in the midst of a yearslong civil war.

{mosads}That agreement may have been the biggest concrete success from Trump’s meeting with Putin on the sidelines of the annual G-20 summit. Russia is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Social media users reacted quickly to Trump’s tweet knocking his own proposal.

 

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