Bad Plan: Avalanche of Backlash Causes an Abrupt Reversal on Cyber Security Unit

A journalist writes a material as she watches a live telecast of the U.S. presidential election standing at portraits of Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in the Union Jack pub in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. Russia's lower house of parliament is applauding the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Whatever happened with that previously floated notion of having lawyers screen Trump’s tweets?

This weekend would have probably been a good time to employ that method. Coming out of last week’s G20 Summit, and a sidebar meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin that ran over the allotted time by several hours, the president tweeted out some outlandish garbage.


Most odious and ill-conceived would be his suggestion that he and Putin talked about forming a joint, U.S.-Russia cyber security unit.

That would be the equivalent of the fox and the hens forming a joint chick security unit.

In other words, a really, really bad idea.

The condemnation of said bad idea was swift, as Republican lawmakers quickly piled on, calling out the man who occasionally drifts into the Oval Office from his golf outings, for photo-ops.

By Sunday evening, however, somebody had apparently got in his ear, and convinced Trump that of all the things he could have tweeted out, tweeting to the world that we would be working on cyber security with the very people our intelligence community has charged with hacking into the Democratic National Committee emails and trying to influence the direction of a U.S. election didn’t make him look good.

It made him look gullible, actually.

He sent out a new tweet Sunday evening, disputing his own statement from earlier in the day.


It was a case of too little, too late.

While some of the reaction may be partisan-motivated, as there will always be those waiting to see the leader of the opposite party stumble (and let’s face it, the idea of joining with Russia on cyber security was a new level of fail), the earlier reactions by members of his own party are a clear indicator that Trump is floundering badly, when it comes to foreign diplomacy.

He’s got a few good people around him, and that includes our intelligence community. He needs to listen to them.


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