U.S. President Trump tweeted on Sunday that he wants Russian President Vladimir Putin, the man who the U.S. intelligence community roundly concluded had carried out an influence campaign during the U.S. 2016 presidential election, to form an impenetrable Cyber Security unit with him so that election hacking, and many other negative things, will be guarded.
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
Arizona Republican Senator John McCain threw cold water on Trump’s tweet about forming a cyber security alliance with Putin and said on CBS’s Face the Nation, “I am sure that Vladimir Putin could be of enormous assistance in that effort since he’s doing the hacking.”
Speaking with reporters on July 6th at Royal Castle in Warsaw, President Trump wavered and appeared unwilling to accept the definitive conclusions from the U.S. intelligence community related to Russian interference during the 2016 U.S. election.
President Trump replied indecisively, “I think it could very well have been Russia but I think it could well have been other countries, and I won’t be specific but I think a lot of people interfere and I think it’s been happening a long time for many many years.”
Later in the press conference, President Trump said “Nobody really knows. Nobody really knows for sure.
Former CIA Director John Brennan was asked on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday about whether President Trump is taking the word of Vladimir Putin over the word of the American intelligence community.
Brennan replied that President Trump isn’t taking the word of the U.S. intelligence community and that’s what he’s been doing repeatedly with his past public comments.
“Two days before the G20 summit, in Warsaw, he continued to question the intelligence community’s high confidence assessment that Russia interfered in the election. He also raised questions about the integrity and capabilities of the U.S. intelligence community” Brennan said.
Brennan admitted that questioning U.S. intelligence on foreign soil doesn’t demonstrate good negotiating skills when it comes to Mr. Putin.
“Again, two days before in Warsaw, he gives Mr. Putin the opportunity to, to point to the failures of U.S. intelligence. To me, I think he ceded that ground” Brennan admitted.
Brennan said that it was a “dishonorable thing” for President Trump to claim it was an honor to meet Russian President Putin who carried out a past assault against our election.
During a July 7th White House press briefing which followed the G20 meeting, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that President Trump pressed Russian President Vladimir Putin on more than one occasion about Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election and Putin denied any involvement.
Mercurial U.S. Foreign Policy About Syria
On July 3rd Foreign Policy reported that U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in a private State Department meeting that the fate of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, who stands accused of using chemical weapons on Syrian civilians, now lies in the hands of Russia, and that the Trump administration’s priority is limited to defeating Islamic State.
However, during his July 7th White House press briefing, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson changed his tune and sounded less yielding to Russian leadership over handling the fate of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad when he indicated that the Trump administration position continues to be that “we see no long-term role for the Assad family or the Assad regime. ”
“And we have made this clear to everyone…. we’ve certainly made it clear in our discussions with Russia… that we do not think Syria can achieve international recognition in the future. Even if they work through a successful political process, the international community simply is not going to accept a Syria led by the Assad regime” Secretary Tillerson said.
President Trump also appears to be changing his tune over his controversial tweet on Sunday morning about “forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit with Russian President Putin.”
After facing criticism on Sunday morning talk shows over his Sunday morning Cyber Security tweet, President Trump in a Sunday evening tweet that the fact that he discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit with Russian President Putin doesn’t mean that he believes it can happen.
Trump tweeted on Sunday evening, “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!”
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
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Here’s my latest You Tube video where I provide some extra commentary about U.S. President Trump at the G20 Summit meeting and his bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin: