California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said Sunday Americans should be outraged by President Trump’s tweet calling for creation a joint Russian-American cyber-security unit.
“Every American — including our representatives in Congress — should be outraged by Trump’s latest tweet describing his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin,” Padilla said.
“Trump’s dangerous tweet announcing a cyber security partnership with Putin — the very head of state behind the cyber attacks — presents an obvious threat to our democracy.”
Putin & I discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit so that election hacking, & many other negative things, will be guarded..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 9, 2017
Padilla, who last week rejected a call to send California voter records to a Trump-sponsored election commission, said the President is placing Russian interests before those of America.
“Why on earth would Trump ever share our cyber security information with Putin? Trump’s willingness to turn over the keys to our nation’s cyber security defenses shows that he is unfit to serve as Commander in Chief,” Padilla said.
Later Sunday Trump tweeted a clarification, saying a Russian-American joint effort might not happen after all..
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 Russians have been accused of using cyber attacks to undermine Hillary Clinton’s candidacy in order to elect Trump in 2016.
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