“You have a presidential candidate who is, in fact, asking the Russians to engage in American politics. I think that’s beyond the pale… He is truly not qualified to be president of the United States.”
Former CIA Director Leon Panetta
On Wednesday, Donald Trump has been calling on Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails.
This comment was about the more than 30,000 emails that were deleted from her private server while she served as Secretary of State.
“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press,” Trump said.
Former CIA chief Leon Panetta has told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that “Trump’s actions call his loyalty to the U.S. into question.” Conspiracy?
Amampour tweeted the following: “Fmr. CIA Dir. Panetta on Trump call for Russia HRC hacking: Trump’s loyalty to U.S. in question & possible conspiracy with a foreign power”
“This just is beyond my own understanding of the responsibilities that candidates have to be loyal to their country and to their country alone, not to reach out to somebody like Putin and Russia, and try to engage them in an effort to try to, in effect, conduct a conspiracy against another party,” Panetta said.
“You’ve got now a presidential candidate who is in fact asking the Russians to engage in American politics and I just think that’s beyond the pale. I have a lot of concerns of his qualities of leadership or lack thereof. That kind of statement only reflects the fact that he truly is not qualified to be president of the United States.”
Commentators and close associates believe that Trump may have made a serious blunder that will cost him greatly. Perhaps. Then again, he may be preparing the stage for an October surprise. Benghazi?