President Donald Trump's announcement Sunday morning that he wants to form an "impenetrable Cyber Security unit" with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin was mercilessly mocked on Twitter with commenters suggesting he could also partner up with Charles Manson and drug kingpin El Chapo.
While US intelligence agencies have maintained that Russia was deeply involved in meddling in the 2016 election -- at the behest of Putin -- Trump has seemingly sided with the Russian president who denied any involvement, leading Trump to propose a partnership.
"Putin & I discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit so that election hacking, & many other negative things, will be guarded and safe," Trump tweeted Sunday morning.
Twitter users found that tweet both alarming and eminently mockable, with one writing, "Kind of like teaming up with El Chapo for an anti-drug unit."
You can read a selection of responses below:
Someone get Dick Wolf on the phone. I want to pitch Law & Order: Cyber Security Unit with Trump & Putin as buddy cops. #DunDun— Dextrosity (@Dextrosity)1499610560.0
Sounds promising! Hope it's up and running for 2018 elex! https://t.co/IO7NTeTKoM— Jeffrey Toobin (@Jeffrey Toobin)1499607678.0
As Trump tweets of Russian cooperation, WaPo reports Russian govt hackers penetrated US energy & nuclear networks https://t.co/dow1ybGkag— Philip Rucker (@Philip Rucker)1499601650.0
What Trump is proposing w Russia is akin to the charges of sharing classified information w the USSR that got the Rosenbergs executed— Dana Houle (@Dana Houle)1499607599.0
The US/Russia cyber security pact is an important first step to bringing Hillary's missing emails home— Sean Spicier (@Sean Spicier)1499607969.0
Having Russia help America with cyber security issues is like hiring the guy who robbed your house as your interior decorator.— Tony Posnanski (@Tony Posnanski)1499511496.0
Trump asks Russia to hack us Russia hacks us Trump puts Russia in charge of cyber security How will we ever prove quid pro quo?!— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP)1499607116.0
Barron Trump will work with Russia to form an impenetrable Cyber Security unit. He is so good with these computers, it's unbelievable.— Steve B (@Steve B)1499601797.0
Trump's "cyber security unit" is straight out of the Kremlin's playbook https://t.co/hxM349EG6J https://t.co/QAuCAlCYU6— Justin Miller (@Justin Miller)1499603291.0
Kind of like teaming up with El Chapo for an anti-drug unit. https://t.co/qhPUPZ9wog— Meghan McCain (@Meghan McCain)1499606974.0
Trump's tweets this morning make clear that he has no intention of protecting our democracy against future attack. Very dangerous.— Laura Rosenberger (@Laura Rosenberger)1499602179.0
After that, may be work with ISIS to curb global human rights violations. Finally, world peace in sight. https://t.co/1LOqthIXFd— Lison Joseph (@Lison Joseph)1499610449.0