President Donald Trump on Sunday said he and Russian leader Vladimir Putin, in their face-to-face meeting at the G-20 summit in Germany, had talked about an "impenetrable cyber security unit" to safeguard against "election hacking" and "many other negative things."
In a quick-shot series of Sunday morning tweets, the president also again lashed out at the Democratic National Committee's reported failure to turn over its server to the CIA and FBI — claiming the intel agencies "had to ask" the party "13 times" and was "rejected."
He also appeared to reference reports of U.S. intelligence agencies verifying Russian hacking during the 2016 election, claiming "fake news" reported there were "17" agencies who'd done so when he said there were only four.
And he again criticized the Obama administration for doing "nothing" even though "he had info before" the election.
The president also summed up the G-20 summit as a "great success" for the United States, touting his negotiation of a cease-fire in Syria along with Russia, and saying the United Nations needs to "fix" bad trade deals, promising it'll "get done."
Trump also reiterated that he "strongly pressed" Putin "twice" on Russia's "meddling in our election," and that Putin "vehemently" denied it, adding: "I've already given my opinion."
And Trump dismissed easing sanctions against Russia, saying the subject never even came up. The Obama administration issued sanctions in late December as a response to Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
At lease one GOP leader was quick to respond Sunday morning. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio quickly dismissed the idea of a partnership with Russia on cyber security, shooting off a tweet that compared it to "partnering with [Syria President Bashir al-]Assad on chemical weapons."
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