Adam Schiff on Partnering With Russia on Cyber Security: ‘Just Mail Our Ballot Boxes to Moscow’


President Donald Trump used his Twitter account this morning to once again set the news cycle in motion. This time around, the topic of discussion for the Sunday shows revolved around Trump’s statements that it was time to “move forward constructively with Russia” following the issue of election meddling and that he had discussed creating a cyber security unit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Appearing on CNN’s State of the Union, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) expressed doubt that the president actually pushed Putin hard on the issue of election interference, as Trump claimed in his tweets, while also taking POTUS to task over his negotiating skills.

“What kind of a tough negotiator — and this is the way the president likes to portray himself — goes into a negotiation betraying his own position the day before, calling into the question the probity of his own intelligence agencies?” Schiff proclaimed, referring to Trump’s comments to the media in Poland last week.

The Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee then told host Dana Bash he doesn’t think we can just forgive and forget with Russia as the president appears to be suggesting.

“That just doesn’t make any sense,” he exclaimed. “And then to say, OK, it’s been resolved now, we can move on, I don’t think we can move on. And I don’t think we can expect the Russians to be any kind of a credible partner in some cyber-security unit. I think that would be dangerously naive for this country.”

Schiff added, “If that’s our best election defense, we might as well just mail our ballot boxes to Moscow. I don’t think that’s an answer at all.”

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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