Former CIA Director Leon Panetta on Wednesday questioned Donald TrumpDonald TrumpSanders: FBI's investigation of wife won’t be a ‘distraction’ Schiff: Obama's delayed response to Russian interference 'a very serious mistake' The Memo: GOP pushes Trump to curb Mueller attacks MORE's loyalty to the United States, according to CNN's Christiane Amanpour.

Panetta told the network it was "totally outrageous" for the Republican presidential nominee to say he hoped Russia got a hold of the emails Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonAre Democrats trying to pin the blame for their own sins on Russia? Trump: Calling Warren Pocahontas ‘an insult to Pocahontas’ GOP vows to use Pelosi against Democrats in 2018 MORE deleted from the private server she used when she was secretary of State.

"You've got now a presidential candidate who is, in fact, asking the Russians to engage in American politics," said Panetta, who has endorsed Clinton in the White House race.

"I just think that that's beyond the pale," he continued. "I think that kind of statement only reflects the fact that he truly is not qualified to be president of the United States."

Trump on Wednesday made an appeal to Russia during a sprawling press conference at his Miami-area hotel, scheduled in the middle of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

"Russia, if you are listening, I hope you are able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by the press," Trump stated.

Clinton's campaign called Trump's remarks "a bridge too far."