When world leaders gathered in Paris last weekend to honor Armistice Day, remembering the 100th anniversary of the conclusion of World War I, two individuals stood out as the odd couple. During a ceremony under the Arc de Triomphe, cameras captured Donald Trump with a giant smile on his face as he observed Russian President Vladamir Putin approaching. As Putin greeted other leaders with a solemn handshake, he flashed a thumbs-up to Trump, who returned the warm welcome with a pat on the back.
A day after the Trump-Putin lovefest, fifty nations and over 150 tech companies announced their pledge to fight cybercrime. Led by French President Emmanuel Macron, the “Paris call for trust and security in cyberspace” is a global endeavor to counter criminal activity on the internet. With so many nations joining this effort, two countries were remarkably missing. While countries such as Japan, Canada, and the EU, along with companies like Facebook, Google, and Microsoft signing the pledge, Russia and the United States were absent from the agreement.
As Palmer Report has documented, this is certainly not the first time that Trump has used his power to prevent increased security against cyber related crimes. After Microsoft announced they had detected Russian hackers initiating cyberattacks in the run up to the midterm elections, Trump pushed House Republicans to deny any funding to prevent future attacks. Trump and the GOP were apparently hoping for outside assistance in holding power, but even without additional cyber security, their efforts were drowned in the blue wave.
This most recent refusal by Donald Trump to work with leading nations and tech giants to fight cybercrime is just another pathetic attempt to curtail any resistance to his plans to cheat in the 2020 election. Luckily, with House Democrats taking power in January, we should have a better understanding of what cyber precautions are necessary going forward. Someone should tell Trump that no matter how little cyber security is in place, running for reelection in 2020 would be difficult to do from prison.
I’m a ceramic engineer living in Central New York, avid sports fan but find myself more interested in politics lately.