Leon E. Panetta

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Is he the tweeting Trump who's the TV personality, or the businessman Trump who can be more responsible in terms of getting things done? The American people are still trying to figure out who is the real president of the United States.feedback
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Apr 29 2017 Trump Presidency
Leon E. Panetta has been quoted 28 times. The one recent article where Leon E. Panetta has been quoted is Terrible! Sad! FAKE! Very bad!. Most recently, Leon E. Panetta was quoted as having said, “I think the world has drawn some degree of comfort by virtue of the national security team, but there are still mixed messages going out as to whether there is any underlying strategy to the steps he's taking on Syria and North Korea.”.
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I kept telling him, Look, if we spend all of our time and resources trying to find out who was leaking what, A, we'll never really determine what happened and B, it will divert us from the primary mission that we should be working on. The key for me was ultimately if I could build that sense within the White House where people felt like they were part of a team and were loyal to that team, then the problem of leaks began to heal itself.feedback

Deep down, despite a lot of rhetoric about cutting, members of Congress, both Republican and Democrat, are committed to areas of domestic spending, particularly those that affect their districts. What it means is that defense will go up, but then there will be a real game of smoke and mirrors to find a way to somehow cover those costs.feedback

When the president goes off and does what he did within the last few days, of just going ahead and tweeting without checking on things, there's something wrong. There's something wrong in terms of the discipline within the White House and how you operate.feedback

The most important thing you can do to stop leaks is to establish loyalty between the people that are working for you and the president of the United States. If you establish that sense of loyalty then he won't have to worry about leaks. In my experience, I have never had intelligence officers who have a responsibility to provide full information to the president and to other leaders in the country ever withhold a piece of intelligence.feedback

Obviously, it's not a good situation. Because there is a lack of trust between the president and the intelligence community, and between the intelligence community and the president. And, you know, every time he demeans the intelligence community or accuses it of leaks or accuses it of doing things that it's not doing, that obviously impacts on the morale of that institution. I've been involved in politics for a long time. And I've served two presidents and have worked under nine presidents. Leaks are a problem that every president has complained about.feedback

Your first responsibility is to provide the truth to the president. And if you start thinking about how the president's going to use it, what he's going to do with that information, then frankly, you'll never provide the truth to the president. And that's what intelligence officers are supposed to do.feedback

Look, these are good people. They're not Republicans or Democrats. They're good patriots who are trying to do their job. It's a tough job. They've got to put their lives on the line in order to provide information to the president. The last thing they need is to have a president who questions their patriotism to this country and to him.feedback

When it comes to Russia and (the country's) interference in our last campaign, 17 intelligence agencies agreed that (it) was involved in that effort.feedback

I've seen presidents who have asked questions about whether that intelligence is verifiable, what are the sources for that intelligence, but I have never seen a president who said, I don't want that stuff.feedback

We're not sure he's a Republican, we're not sure he's a Democrat, he can very well put together the right kind of coalition that can help this country govern itself.feedback

I think we have to exhaust, just as the prime minister has made this point, we have to exhaust every option, every effort, you know, before we resort to a military action. I think that's important.feedback

Our effort to renew and intensify our involvement in Asia is fully compatible with the development and growth of China.feedback

We do have intelligence that indicates that there is an al Qaeda presence in Syria. But frankly, we don't have very good intelligence as to just exactly what their activities are. And that's the reason we can't really indicate specifically what they are or not doing.feedback

That behaviour that was depicted in those photos absolutely violates both our regulations and more importantly our core values. This is not who we are and it is certainly not who we represent when it comes to the great majority of men and women in uniform who are serving there.feedback

The combination of NATO forces there, the combination of what the opposition is doing, the sanctions, the international pressure, the work of the Arab League – all that has been very helpful in moving this in the right direction. I think the sense is that Gaddafi's days are numbered.feedback

This latest defection is another example of how weak they've gotten.feedback

The United States believes Iran has enough low-enriched uranium now for two weapons but Iran would have to enrich it first. And we would estimate that if they made that decision, it would probably take a year to get there, probably another year to develop the kind of weapons delivery system in order to make that viable.feedback

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