DONALD Trump has quickly pushed back on a proposed cyber-security deal with Russia, claiming discussions with Vladimir Putin “doesn’t mean I think it will happen”.
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
The US president held controversial talks with his Russia counter-part at the G20 summit this weekend, where the pair discussed an “impenetrable” cyber security force.
The move was criticised by Donald Trump’s opponents, in light of the ongoing accusations of Russian interference in last year’s US presidential election.
Critics argue the Kremlin interfered with the election, making Vladimir Putin a disastrously inappropriate partner for such a cyber-pact.
Mr Trump tweeted after the pair met: “I strongly pressed President Putin twice about Russian meddling in our election. He vehemently denied it. I’ve already given my opinion…
“Putin & I discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit so that election hacking, & many other negative things, will be guarded and safe.
“Questions were asked about why the CIA & FBI had to ask the DNC 13 times for their SERVER, and were rejected, still don’t have it.
“Fake News said 17 intel agencies when actually 4 (had to apologize). Why did Obama do NOTHING when he had info before election?”
The rambling series of Tweets indicated a move towards a closer relationship with Russia.
However last night the US president sent yet another message on social media which appeared to cancel out any hope of a deal.
He posted: “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 [in Syria] can,& did!”
An investigation is currently underway into whether Russia interfered in the election and colluded with Mr Trump’s campaign.
These probes are focused almost exclusively on Moscow’s actions, lawmakers and intelligence officials say, and no evidence has surfaced publicly implicating other countries.
Moscow has denied any interference, and Trump says his campaign did not collude with Russia.