Lindsey Graham claims Trump’s new tactic is a “dumb idea”

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While meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Germany on Friday, President Trump did discuss election hacking and discussed working together on cybersecurity.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) called the notion of working with the Russians on cybersecurity “disastrous” and “pretty close to the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard.”

Stating that he believes the President has a “blind spot” on Russia, Graham expressed his confusion on NBC News’s “Meet the Press,” saying, “When it comes to Russia I am dumbfounded, I am disappointed, and at the end of the day he’s hurting his presidency by not embracing the fact that Putin is a bad guy.”

Taking the President’s statement about Russian hacking out of context, (Trump said that he does believe that the Russians were one of many countries who likely tried to “meddle” in US affairs) Graham went on to say, “He is literally the only person I know of who doesn’t believe Russia attacked our election in 2016.”

Graham noted that there is no evidence that Russian meddling influenced the vote, but in his alleged “denial” of Russian hacking, Trump “throws our intelligence communities under the bus.”

On Sunday, Trump tweeted that it’s “time to move forward in working constructively with Russia!”

He also pointed out that only four intelligence agencies — not 17, as news outlets have reported — have concluded that Russia meddled in the election. Those agencies are the CIA, the National Security Agency, the FBI and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Graham said that he doesn’t want to “move forward” with Russia, chiding Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Trump for being “ready to forgive and forget” about the Russian “attacks” on the 2016 presidential election.

“This whole idea about moving forward without punishing Russia is undermining his entire presidency,” said Graham, who is pushing for increased sanctions on Russia in a bill which was passed by the Senate but now has stalled in the House, reportedly so the White House can “soften the language”.

“The more you do this, the more people are suspicious about you and Russia,” Graham said, addressing the President. “I am intent on punishing the Russians for interfering in our election.”

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