US President Donald Trump’s comments are undermining the integrity of the office of the president, former US Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Leon Panetta said on Tuesday.
On Monday, the Washington Post newspaper reported that Trump had shared with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov intelligence about the Daesh terror group (banned in Russia) without the permission of the US ally nation that had obtained it.
"The problem that really bothers me is that it undermines the credibility of the office of the presidency. He is president of the United States. He is not a reality TV star," Panetta said on CNN’s "New Day" program.
Trump on Tuesday morning said he had every right to share with Russian officials facts about the fight against terrorism and airline safety.
Panetta, who served as defense secretary from 2011-2013 and CIA director from 2009-2011, said Trump should understand that his words have consequences, and he should take responsibility for the country and national security.