President Trump has backtracked on plans for an ‘impenetrable’ joint cybersecurity unit with Russia after harsh criticism from the fellow Republicans, who said Vladimir Putin couldn’t be trusted.
Trump discussed the idea with Putin in their first face to face meetings at the G20 summit in Homburg, Germany. He suggested it could be used to prevent the hacking of elections, keeping them ‘guarded and safe’.
But two days later he tweeted: ‘the fact that president Putin and I discussed a cybersecurity unit doesn’t mean I think it can happen. It can’t.
The proposal had been widely ridiculed by US politicians, who asked why they should cooperate with Russia after allegedly interfered in last year’s US election.
Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said: ‘it’s not the dumbest idea I have ever heard but it’s pretty close’.