Donald Trump Putin cybersecurity reaction

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GOP lawmakers blast Trump for aligning with Putin on cybersecurity

Sen. Lindsey Graham was especially testy.


Josh Katzowitz


Posted on Jul 9, 2017   Updated on May 23, 2021, 12:31 am CDT

Following his G20 Summit meeting with Russia President Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump returned to Twitter on Sunday morning, proclaiming that he would begin working with Putin on cybersecurity.

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.).

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.

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.

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.

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*First Published: Jul 9, 2017, 11:18 am CDT