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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Trump: "Putin & I Discussed Forming Impenetrable Cyber Security Unit" To Prevent Election Hacking

Following the first meeting between President Trump and President Putin, in which the issue of cybersecurity and Russian "interference" in the US election was a prominent topic, there was one unanswered question: did Trump accept Russia's "assertions" that it did not interfere in the voting process.
Recall that in his post meeting briefing, Rex Tillerson said Trump repeatedly pressed Putin regarding possible Russian interference in the 2016 election.  “The two leaders agreed that this is a substantial hindrance on the ability of us to move Russian-U.S. relationships forward and agreed to exchange further work regarding commitments of noninterference in the affairs of the United States and our democratic process as well as those of other countries." On the other Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov implied the topic was brief and not contentious. "U.S. President Trump said that he heard firm assertions from Russian President Putin that it is not true and that Russian authorities have not meddled in the elections," Lavrov said. “[Trump] said that he accepts these assertions. That's it.”
So, perhaps to address any outstanding loose ends, Trump took to Twitter early on Sunday, and in a series of tweets gave his perspective on the controversial subject, said he "strongly pressed" Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G20 summit on Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election.
"I strongly pressed President Putin twice about Russian meddling in our election. He vehemently denied it. I've already given my opinion....." Trump tweeted and added "we negotiated a ceasefire in parts of Syria which will save lives. Now it is time to move forward in working constructively with Russia!" he added.  

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