On Sunday, Donald Trump walked back his earlier claim that he and Vladimir Putin would be solidifying their bromance by teaming up on American (and Russian) cybersecurity.
After Trump’s decision to team up with Vladimir Putin to — well, in Trump’s words, ensure that “election hacking and many other negative things” (whatever they may be) “will be guarded.”
The notion of protecting such horrible actions — or teaming up with a brutal dictator who engineered a massive attack on our election — didn’t sit well with Democrats, Republicans, or aardvarks, so Trump decided he probably should scrap the plan before his approval rating dips down past syphilis.
“The fact that President Putin and I discussed a Cyber Security unit doesn’t mean I think it can happen,” Trump tweeted. “It can’t-but a ceasefire can,& did!”
The fact that President Putin and I discussed a Cyber Security unit doesn’t mean I think it can happen. It can’t-but a ceasefire can,& did!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2017
this, of course, is very embarrassing for Trump Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who called the supervillain team-up “a very important step forward.”
Treasury Sec. Steven Mnuchin this morning called the joint cyber security effort “a very important step forward.” https://t.co/1EJsmGOL8k
— Ben White (@morningmoneyben) July 10, 2017
Naturally, Americans stopped by to mock Trump’s seemingly indefatigable stupidity:
The fuck? https://t.co/NhRTTM7MQ5
— Alex Kotch (@alexkotch) July 10, 2017
Then why on Earth would you even talk to him about it and try to humiliate our intelligence agencies?
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) July 10, 2017
When you made a case for a cyber unit so that election hacking will be guarded and safe, you didn’t really mean it?https://t.co/kbd2qazRxd
— Morten Øverbye (@morten) July 10, 2017
Hey, @SecretService go knock on the bathroom and make sure he’s alright in there, ok?
— Paolo Gregoletto (@TriviumPaolo) July 10, 2017
If you didn’t think it could happen, why did you triumphantly announce it to the world like he just gave you an engagement ring?
— Nick_Anderson_ (@Nick_Anderson_) July 10, 2017
So you admit that you wasted time on something you knew could not happen? Great job moron.
— Tommy Campbell (@MrTommyCampbell) July 10, 2017
— Zaki Hasan (@zakiscorner) July 10, 2017
What are you, four?
— Kari Peterson (@kariap) July 10, 2017
So we were not supposed to believe your own words?https://t.co/rC53et7Fnh
— late nite snackette (@br0k3nHalo) July 10, 2017
Trump and Putin met for two hours in a friendly session that was supposed to last a mere half-hour. The two were so inseparable that staffers sent Melania to break up the chat, but she was unsuccessful after multiple attempts.
Watching The Donald chum it up with a hostile foreign leader was perhaps one of the most disgraceful things to happen during Trump’s presidency — and he’s just getting started.
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