Much of the internet, including a number of GOP lawmakers, had an immediate response, and almost none of it was positive.
Here’s a take from on-again-off-again Trump critic, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).
While reality & pragmatism requires that we engage Vladimir Putin, he will never be a trusted ally or a reliable constructive partner. 1/3— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 9, 2017
Partnering with Putin on a "Cyber Security Unit" is akin to partnering with Assad on a "Chemical Weapons Unit". 2/3— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 9, 2017
We have no quarrel with Russia or the Russian people. Problem is with Putin & his oppression, war crimes & interference in our elections 1/3— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 9, 2017
Rubio’s criticism was eclipsed by the vitriol shown by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) also wasn’t happy with Trump’s tweets, as he explained on Face the Nation.
Other non-Republican senators also weighed in on Trump’s desires, and not many of those tweets, whether they were from journalists or a former U.S. attorney, agreed with the president.
Trump: Did you take the cookie?— Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) July 9, 2017
Child: (covered in crumbs, chocolate on face) I did not
Trump: Good enough for me https://t.co/Q7PKtH0ftF
When pursuing a corrupt politician, mobster or murderer on strong FBI evidence, if he "vehemently denied it," we just dropped it usually. https://t.co/d4HqyHQexB— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) July 9, 2017
Trump will feud with someone forever over a personal slight, but if you violate the nation's sovereignty, let's let bygones be bygones. https://t.co/cgfOYWSt1A— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) July 9, 2017
Good news, everyone. I was robbed last night. But I confronted the robber and he agreed to set up a joint robbery task force with me.— Jon Ralston (@RalstonReports) July 9, 2017
Bush: Did you destroy our Towers?— Christopher Bouzy (@cbouzy) July 9, 2017
Bin Laden: No.
Bush: Ok I believe you. We shall build an anti-terrorism unit together to stop attacks.
A cyber security working group with the very perpetrators of the attack on our election? Might as well just mail our ballots to Moscow. pic.twitter.com/RjbhhI4MTw— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) July 9, 2017
Not everybody, though, disagreed that Trump’s plan to partner with Putin was a bad move. For instance, former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said that after Trump discussed the issue with Putin—and remember, Putin said Saturday that Trump agreed with Russia’s denial that it had meddled in the presidential election—the Russia story is now over.
On Fox, Corey Lewandowski says Putin's firm denial ends the Russia story. pic.twitter.com/vZbJEAY607— Will Saletan (@saletan) July 9, 2017
Considering Trump is still under numerous investigations, Lewandowski’s statement is likely just wishful thinking, even if Trump’s heart really is set on working with Putin.