On Sunday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted that he was instituting a cyber-security commission with Russia, an idea the world greeted with the unmitigated disdain and horror that it so richly deserved.
Then on Sunday night, Trump abruptly announced that no, the cyber security commission isn't actually happening. "It can't happen," he tweeted. "It can't."
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 (@Donald J. Trump)1499647513.0
This left observers perhaps even more gobsmacked than the original proposal, which, mere hours ago, most people would not have thought possible.
@realDonaldTrump The fuck? https://t.co/NhRTTM7MQ5— Alex Kotch (@Alex Kotch)1499647679.0
@realDonaldTrump nothing says "just joking about a cyber security initiative" like "election hacking, & many other… https://t.co/UNFpJOcBgH— Alex Kotch (@Alex Kotch)1499647964.0
@realDonaldTrump Oops. https://t.co/gwFb5UFOrm— Alex Kotch (@Alex Kotch)1499648260.0
@realDonaldTrump Then why on Earth would you even talk to him about it and try to humiliate our intelligence agencies?— Tony Posnanski (@Tony Posnanski)1499647603.0
@realDonaldTrump i'd say you'd never live the putin cyber unit down but i have no doubts you're gonna say something… https://t.co/No09BNOmj4— bryson (@bryson)1499647797.0
@realDonaldTrump https://t.co/waJQOlxG5m— Zack Hunt (@Zack Hunt)1499649051.0
@realDonaldTrump https://t.co/nA8jODesZ6— Zack Hunt (@Zack Hunt)1499649076.0
@realDonaldTrump https://t.co/NMGG2vmAjK— Zack Hunt (@Zack Hunt)1499649096.0
So Trump isn't doing the joint cyber security thing with Putin. Are they still going to built a fort together? No gross journalists allowed.— Larry Murphy (@Larry Murphy)1499656738.0
Not to worry, barely 2 hrs after his working with Putin for cyber security trump was already back peddling saying i… https://t.co/BLawKsZl0S— evelyn p sims (@evelyn p sims)1499656702.0