Trump says he talked cy­ber se­cu­rity with Putin

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US PRES­I­DENT Don­ald Trump said on Twit­ter yes­ter­day that he dis­cussed form­ing a cy­ber se­cu­rity unit to guard against elec­tion hacking with Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin. Tweet­ing af­ter his first meet­ing with Putin on Satur­day, Trump said now was the time to work con­struc­tively with Moscow, point­ing to a cease­fire deal in south-west Syria that came into ef­fect yes­ter­day. “Putin & I dis­cussed form­ing an im­pen­e­tra­ble Cy­ber Se­cu­rity unit so that elec­tion hacking, & many other neg­a­tive things, will be guarded and safe,” he said af­ter their talks at the G20 sum­mit in Hamburg, Germany. Trump said he had raised al­le­ga­tions of Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence in the 2016 US pres­i­den­tial elec­tion with Putin. “I strongly pressed Pres­i­dent Putin twice about Rus­sian med­dling in our elec­tion. He ve­he­mently de­nied it. I’ve al­ready given my opin­ion.” He added: “We ne­go­ti­ated a cease­fire in parts of Syria which will save lives. Now it is time to move for­ward in work­ing con­struc­tively with Rus­sia!” Repub­li­can Se­na­tor Marco Ru­bio of Florida im­me­di­ately crit­i­cised the move on Twit­ter, say­ing Putin was not a trusted part­ner. Moscow has de­nied any in­ter­fer­ence. – Reuters

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