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Trump's 'Impenetrable' Cyber Unit That Never Was

President Trump may have saved himself and the government a lot of trouble by pulling the plug on a joint cyber unit with Russia before work got seriously underway.
After meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday at the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, President Trump said Sunday they had discussed creating a joint cybersecurity unit. After much criticism, he quickly walked back the idea. / Sean Gallup / Getty Images

Spare a thought for the poor U.S.-Russia Joint Impenetrable Cybersecurity Unit, which didn't even survive an entire news cycle this weekend.

President Trump pitched the joint cyber-team with Russia in a tweet on Sunday.

He went on to rule out the idea in a second tweet on Sunday evening.

Then again, the notion had about as much chance of acceptance in the U.S. national security world as ketchup on a hot dog in Chicago.

"It's not the dumbest idea I've ever

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