After emerging from his long meeting with Vladimir Putin, Trump tweeted, “Putin & I discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit so that election hacking, & many other negative things, will be guarded.”
Star-struck or just sucking up, when he shook hands for the cameras with Putin at the G20 he said, quite emphatically and making a quite deliberate sound-bite, "It's an honor to meet with you."
And now this?
Let's give the fox full access to our henhouse?
Who says he's Vlad's butt-boy?
Bipartisan ridicule forces Trump to retreat from joint Russian cybersecurity plan
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said, “Setting up a joint working group on cybersecurity with the country that hacked our election infrastructure is a nonsensical and absurdly inadequate response to the Russian threat.”
California Rep. Adam Schiff, the highest-ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence committee, said of the proposal: “I don’t think we can expect the Russians to be some sort of credible partner in a cyber security unit, I think that would be dangerously naïve for this country, if that’s our best election defense, we might as well just mail our ballot boxes to Moscow.”
Democrats were joined in their criticism by Republicans like Sen. Marco Rubio (FL) who tweeted, “Partnering with Putin on a cybersecurity unit is akin to partnering with Assad on a chemical weapons unit.”
He has appointed a commission to investigate the wholly imaginary three to five million illegal aliens whose votes account, he says, for Hillary's entire popular vote victory in November.
He has not appointed a commission to investigate Russian hacking and other meddling with the election on his behalf.
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White House: New Economic Sanctions On Russia, Iran Constrains President’s Authority
Marc Short, the White House legislative director, told reporters that the administration backs the new sanctions on Russia and Iran.
But he appeared to object to a key part of the legislation that would give Capitol Hill a much stronger hand in determining Russia sanctions policy.
The bill would require a congressional review if President Donald Trump attempted to ease or end penalties against Moscow.
“Our concern is that the legislation, we believe, sets an unusual precedent of delegating foreign policy to 535 members of Congress by not including certain national security waivers that have always been consistently part of sanctions bills in the past,” Short said.
Following his lengthy meeting on Friday with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Germany, Trump said he wants to move forward “working constructively with Russia”
Officials from the Treasury and State departments met last week with House congressional staff to voice their concerns over the congressional review section of the bill.
The officials said the provision would infringe on the president’s executive authority, according to an aide knowledgeable of the discussions.