Republican senators are speaking out against U.S. President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to establish a cyber security unit with Russia amid the investigations into Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election. “It’s not the dumbest idea I have ever heard but it’s pretty close,” one said.

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Hours after U.S. President Donald Trump revealed he and Russian President Vladimir Putin have decided to form a joint cyber security unit that will protect America against election hacking, more and more politicians are criticizing the initiative. “It’s not the dumbest idea I have ever heard but it’s pretty close,” Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told NBC’s Meet the Press.

Graham continued by stating that it appears as if Trump is ready to “forgive and forget” after he threatened to impose sanctions on Russia. Republican Senator Mario Rubio wrote on Twitter: “While reality & pragmatism requires that we engage Vladimir Putin, he will never be a trusted ally or a reliable constructive partner.”

Rubio added that the cyber security cooperation with Putin is like “is akin to partnering with Assad on a ‘Chemical Weapons Unit’.”

Earlier today, JOL reported that Trump announced his decision to join forces with Moscow regarding cyber security on Twitter as he was on his way back to Washington from the G20 summit in Germany. Trump tweeted that Putin denied the allegations about his country meddling in the 2016 presidential election twice during their meeting.