As Trump caves to Putin, former Director of National Intelligence issues dire 2018 election warning

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In the biggest news of the day, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin huddled with one adviser each and one interpreter each. In Trump’s case, he brought along Secretary of Big Oil Deals Rex Tillerson. Putin’s wingman was Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Trump reportedly insisted on a small group to cut down on leaks coming from the meeting. That hasn’t stopped Lavrov from telling all, including this jaw-dropping tidbit:

Lavrov: #Trump said he accepted statements from #Putin that #Russia had not hacked election.

— Neil MacFarquhar (@NeilMacFarquhar) July 7, 2017

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#Lavrov on hacking discussion: “President Trump said that this campaign has already taken on a rather strange character because… 1/4

— Neil MacFarquhar (@NeilMacFarquhar) July 7, 2017

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over the many months that these accusations have been made, not a single fact has been presented.”  2/4 https://t.co/X9ued96rdV

— Neil MacFarquhar (@NeilMacFarquhar) July 7, 2017

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“Pres. #Trump said that he heard the clear statements of President #Putin about this being untrue, that the Russian leadership did not…”. https://t.co/SoAkAJr4Jd

— Neil MacFarquhar (@NeilMacFarquhar) July 7, 2017

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…”interfere in the election and that he accepts these statements.” 4/4 https://t.co/4Z5Ix1TiqW

— Neil MacFarquhar (@NeilMacFarquhar) July 7, 2017

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Putin tells Donald Trump Russia wasn’t involved in the criminal hacking of U.S. voter databases and Trump’s response is to simply accept that and bro hug it out? We are talking about the safety and security of the elections in the United States of America being disrupted by our biggest political foe and Trump says, no biggie and then goes on to tell Putin he believes the media is hyping the story? Outrageous.  ¯_(ツ)_/¯

Former DNI James Clapper: I think Russia’s goal here is to “prep the battlefield” for the 2018 elections https://t.co/7J0CASVnSU pic.twitter.com/bWVkKFELfA

— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) July 6, 2017

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Meanwhile, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was a guest on CNN Thursday and he is sounding the alarm, saying plainly the 2016 hacking was “prepping the battlefield” for 2018. 

Meanwhile, we’ve learned that not only did Donald Trump not rebuke Putin and Russia for their hacking of U.S. voter databases, the DNC and at least a dozen U.S. power plants, including a nuclear facility in Kansas, Trump promised to set it up a mutual cybersecurity group.

BREAKING: Russia's foreign minister says Trump and Putin discussed cybersecurity and agreed to set up a joint group to address it.

— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) July 7, 2017

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Together. As in, sharing cybersecurity information with the Russians. This cannot happen. It is complete incompetence, dereliction of duty. As Jasmin Mujanovic, an expert in southeast European and international affairs, notes, this is game over for the U.S. if Trump opens the door for a joint cybersecurity group:

RUS sabotaged US elxns to install Trump in WH. They succeeded. Now same admin opening door to further RUS penetration of US intel, security.

— Jasmin Mujanović (@JasminMuj) July 7, 2017

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This isn't rocket science; that is the quid pro quo of the whole Russian operation in full view of the public and world.

— Jasmin Mujanović (@JasminMuj) July 7, 2017

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This should not have to be said: the US cannot *grant* Russia access to any aspect, form of it cyber-security infrastructure. Unacceptable.

— Jasmin Mujanović (@JasminMuj) July 7, 2017

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