You’ve Got to Be Putin Us On

“Partnering with Putin on a ‘Cyber Security Unit’ is akin to partnering with Assad on a ‘Chemical Weapons Unit.'” That was Marco Rubio’s entry into what quickly erupted into a doing this would be like doing that comparison competition; a chain reaction that took place in response to President Trump’s post G20 tweet that might have been his most unthinkable idea yet: “Putin & I discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit so that election hacking, & many other negative things, will be guarded.” Thankfully, after hearing the near-uniform opposition to the idea, Trump backtracked.

+ Upon his return from Europe, the president and his team were greeted by this NYT story: “President Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., was promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton before agreeing to meet with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign, according to three advisers to the White House briefed on the meeting and two others with knowledge of it.” (Kellyanne, your summer vacation just ended…)

+ David Remnick: “It is wrong to get ahead of the reporting. But the question of collusion is hardly the closed matter that Trump has proposed.”

+ “I’m tired of hearing about the Russia thing. Let it go and move on. The media is the one that’s propagating it. They just won’t let it die.” From Vox: I asked Trump voters in Michigan about the Russia investigation. They said it’s fake news.

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