Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Trump Reverses On Cyber-Security Collusion W/Russia

(Caricature of Donald Trump is by DonkeyHotey.)

Desperate to show that he did not give in to Putin in their meeting, but actually cemented better relations between the two countries, Donald Trump tweeted:

Putin & I discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit so that election hacking, & many other negative things, will be guarded and safe.

It is amazing that Trump actually seemed to think this was a good idea -- an idea that Americans would appreciate. He never realized that, in such a proposal, he was being played by Putin -- even though that was obvious to everyone else.

Co-operating with the Russians to develop a Cyber Security unit would just make it easier for them to hack our elections in the future (because they would know what kind of safeguards were in place). It would be like allowing the fox to help develop a security system for the hen house.

The whole idea was ludicrous, and that was instantly obvious to even Trump's Republican allies. It's simply dumb beyond belief to allow the country guilty of hacking an election to help design security to protect future elections -- and it just illustrates that although Trump considers himself a genius, he's really not very smart.

Fortunately, he came to his senses once he realized that everyone (friend and enemy) thought his suggestion (Putin's suggestion?) was crazy -- and he tweeted a reversal of course just 13 hours after his first tweet.

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

It still amazes me that Americans elected someone this dumb to be their president.

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