Leon Panetta Says Trump, Cruz Proposals ‘Will Put our National Security at Risk’

The former secretary of defense is a Hillary Clinton supporter.

"Both Trump and Cruz's approaches are the kind of shoot from the hip slogans that demonstrate what I fear is stunning lack of knowledge about national security and about fundamental values," Panetta, who also served as the CIA director during President Obama's first term, said during a conference call with reporters this afternoon.

“What we’re hearing from the Republican candidates on the other side are very irresponsible and dangerous proposals that I think will put our national security at risk and further divide us from very allies that we need in order to win this war against ISIS,” he continued.

Panetta, however, has previously suggested otherwise. In a critical 2014 interview with USA Today, he said that the President had “kind of lost his way” over those past two years and created a “vacuum” for the Islamic state.

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