This makes one wonder, if Trump sat down with Bernie Madoff and the latter said he didn't swindle anyone, would Trump have accepted that as the truth without question? Or if Ted Bundy told Trump he didn't kill anyone, would Trump take him at his word, too, no questions asked?
The meeting over, Trump declared it was time to "move on" from the election tampering issue. Fortunately, the special counsel running the criminal investigation into Trump and his campaign won't be doing that anytime soon. Trump may be trying to sweep this all under the rug, but no one is fooled, except his die-hard supporters with their heads firmly in the sand.
A few hours later, Trump then announced on Twitter: "Putin & I discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit so that election hacking, & many other negative things, will be guarded."
Republican and Democratic members of Congress in Washington immediately and loudly condemned Trump's proposal as outrageous. One former defense secretary said, "this is like the guy who robbed your house proposing a working group on burglary."
Not only was the idea moronic, such a joint operation would violate a federal law which prohibits the United States government from providing any bilateral military cooperation with Russia, a statute which Trump himself signed into being since becoming President.
This leaves one wondering why Trump would propose such a tone-deaf idea, given he's already under a legal microscope for being too cozy with Russia during the campaign. Was this out of sheer ignorance or was he deliberately trolling his critics, thinking he was in the clear?
Whatever the answer, once again Trump has proven to be his own worst enemy. And, once again, he used Twitter to do that damage.