Trump discusses with Putin forming cyber security unit

The New York Times

The New York Times

Putin and Trump met for more than two hours Friday on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. Trump didn't specify whether he accepts the denial, only noting that "I've already given my opinion".

In his early Sunday morning tweets, Trump said that Putin "vehemently denied" the conclusions of American intelligence agencies that Russian hackers and propagandists tried to sway the election in Trump's favor.

Moscow's stance on Syria and Ukraine has never been and will never be defined by U.S. sanctions, RIA Novosti news agency quoted Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the Russian Federation Council's Foreign Affairs Committee, as saying.

Yet Putin said Saturday that Trump seemed "satisfied" with the Russian president's answers to questions about the meddling, and the meeting was celebrated in Russian media outlets.

The initial proposal immediately prompted derision from Democrats, as well as some Republicans who questioned why the US would work with Russia after the Kremlin's alleged meddling in the 2016 US election. "I think it was simply just a discussion on cyber security threats and potential options not necessarily a formal kind of structure in place". What exactly an "impenetrable Cyber Security unit" is supposed to look like remains unclear, but if the Russians are a part of it, they obviously won't have to make any efforts to penetrate it.

"Trump's dangerous tweet announcing a cyber security partnership with Putin - the very head of state behind the cyber attacks - presents an obvious threat to our democracy". But at a press conference on Sunday, Tillerson said the issue of Russian meddling is still an "obstacle" in improving the U.S. -Russia relationship.

McCain was the Republican candidate for president in 2008. "Problem is with Putin & his oppression, war crimes & interference in our elections", he added.

According to Russian officials, Trump believed Putin when he said Russia's government had nothing to do with the election hacks.

Ms Haley's position appeared in contrast to what Mr Trump said after meeting Putin. Trump tweeted that the deal "will save lives".

"He [Trump] asked many questions on that subject". Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who competed with Trump for the GOP nomination, tweeted.

"The fact that President Putin and I discussed a Cyber Security unit doesn't mean I think it can happen".

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