Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA) says he will introduce legislation to ban any joint effort with Russia on cyber security. He said Donald Trump “defies common sense” with his plan.
Boyle tweeted: “POTUS defies common sense. This week I will introduce bill that would ban ANY joint effort with Russia on cyber security.”
— US Rep Brendan Boyle (@RepBrendanBoyle) July 9, 2017
Trump tweeted: “Putin & I discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit so that election hacking & many other negative things, will be guarded.”
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
Rep. Boyle said in a statement: “President Trump’s social media statement today that he would involve Russian President Vladimir Putin in a cybersecurity effort to ‘protect our elections’ defies any shred of basic human logic and common sense. Under no circumstances can we allow the Russian government to learn our strategy and techniques for defending our cyber security.”
“This week during the congressional session, I will introduce legislation to prohibit the United States from participating in any type joint working group with Russia on cybersecurity efforts. Hiring Mr. Putin to protect our electoral process is like a group of homeowners hiring a security guard to protect them after that individual has broken into their homes.”
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) fired back at Donald Trump saying forming a cyber security unit is like forming a “Chemical Weapons unit” with Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said it was one of the worst ideas he had ever heard. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said that we “might as well send our ballot boxes to Moscow” if such a dangerous alliance was formed.