A former secretary of Defense says GOP presidential candidates Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump to lay out first 100 days in Gettysburg speech GOP senator: Dems making ‘concerted effort to produce fraudulent votes’ Trump touts Navy expansion proposal in Pa. MORE and Ted CruzTed CruzFive takeaways from money race Club for Growth: Anti-Trump spending proved to be 'good call' Republicans, it's time to stop asking 'What would Reagan do?' MORE are “irresponsible,” “dangerous” and a risk to national security.
Leon Panetta, who has endorsed Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTrump to lay out first 100 days in Gettysburg speech GOP senator: Dems making ‘concerted effort to produce fraudulent votes’ Trump touts Navy expansion proposal in Pa. MORE for president, went after the GOP candidates after remarks they made in the wake of the Brussels terrorist attacks this week.
“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 fundamental values,” Panetta said during a conference call with reporters Friday, according to ABC News.
Panetta served as CIA director as well as Defense secretary under President Obama.
“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 said.
Cruz called for authorities to monitor Muslims living in the United States following the Brussels attacks, creating a political firestorm when he suggested cops should “patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods.”
Trump echoed Cruz’s suggestion and added that the U.S. should begin torturing terror suspects to get information out of them. He also stood by his previous proposal to ban Muslims from entering the country.
Both candidates received criticism from Democrats and law enforcement officials, including New York Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton.