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WH: 'Russia a Cyber Threat,' But We Need Discussion

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By    |   Monday, 10 Jul 2017 04:46 PM

The White House on Monday called Russia a "cyber threat" and said there is not a plan in place to partner with Moscow on cybersecurity – but insisted the United States should work with Moscow.

Deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in an off-camera briefing the United States needs "to have conversations with our adversaries."

"We recognize that Russia is a cyber threat," she said, per Talking Points Memo. "But we also recognize the need to have conversations with our adversaries, and when our adversaries see strength, like they did with the president in the meeting, they can look for other ways to work on shared interests, and look for positive places where they can move the ball forward, particularly on things like the cease-fire, and that became a greater focus, and something the president chose to stay focused on is that front."

Asked if the plan to work with Russia on an "impenetrable cyber unit" – as President Donald Trump announced in a tweet Sunday – was dead, Sanders said she didn’t think there was evera plan in place.

"Look, I would say that discussions may still take place, but that's as far as it is right now," she said. "I'm not sure that there were specific details discussed. I think it was simply just a discussion on cyber security threats and potential options – not necessarily a formal kind of structure in place."

The president also backed off his tweet Sunday night, saying just a cyber unit was discussed "doesn't mean it can happen. It can't . . ."

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