Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump meet at the G20 Summit in Hamburg.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump meet at the G20 Summit in Hamburg. Evan Vucci

Donald puts foot in mouth with Putin

DONALD Trump has been ridiculed for proposing to engage Russia in creating a cyber security unit to stop election hacking.

Mr Trump revealed the brainwave after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit.

The US President tweeted it was time to work constructively with Moscow, but brushed over the fact the superpower was the main culprit in election hacking, according to his own security unit. Republican senator Marco Rubio described the partnership as "akin to partnering with Assad on a chemical weapons unit”.

Senator Rubio tweeted the Russian leader would "never be a trusted ally or a reliable constructive partner”.

Appearing on NBC's Meet the Press, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham ridiculed it as "not the dumbest idea I've ever heard - but it's pretty close”.

Mr Graham told host Chuck Todd that Mr Trump was "hurting his presidency by not embracing the fact that Putin is a bad guy”, and said he was "dumbfounded” by the idea. - Liz Burke



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