Donald Trump backtracks on Russia joint cyber unit

Written by July 10, 2017 12:18

New Delhi: US President Donald Trump has backtracked on a proposal to work with Russia to create an impenetrable cyber-security unit to prevent election hacking.

Hours after promoting the idea yesterday, the US President said that he did not think it could actually happen.

In a tweet President Trump said the fact that President Putin and he discussed a Cyber Security unit does not mean that it can happen, it cannot. However, he stressed that another issue discussed in his talks with Mr Putin, a ceasefire in south-western Syria, had come into effect.

The proposal comes after Mr Trump’s first face-to-face talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Germany on Friday, in which both the leaders discussed the issue. Mr Trump described the outcome of the talks as positive and suggested closer co-operation between the two nations.

The 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.