After his historic meeting with Putin, Trump tweeted:
Putin & I discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit so that election hacking, & many other negative things, will be guarded..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 9, 2017
It did not go down well with people on either side of the political spectrum:
It’s like two foxes saying ‘don’t worry, we’re going to keep the hens safe. You farmers go back to sleep.’
— Matt Haig (@matthaig1) July 9, 2017
This is like building an anti-terrorism task force with ISIS https://t.co/QkLY1A3A9L
— Christopher Ingraham (@_cingraham) July 9, 2017
Trump’s tweets this morning make clear that he has no intention of protecting our democracy against future attack. Very dangerous.
— Laura Rosenberger (@rosenbergerlm) July 9, 2017
Partnering with Putin on a "Cyber Security Unit" is akin to partnering with Assad on a "Chemical Weapons Unit". 2/3
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 9, 2017
No! No! No! As an election official, I ask that you stop this, now.
— BarbByrum (@BarbByrum) July 9, 2017
This is like giving the alarm code to the guys who just burglarized your home. Just make it easier for them next time. https://t.co/NsdZbV2KsI
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) July 7, 2017
But then after the backlash, it seemed as if even President Trump didn’t like his own proposal:
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2017