Panetta: I Worry About Trump’s Meeting with Putin Because the President Doesn’t Know History
PANETTA: "Well, I worry about this meeting with Putin because -- again I think this president walks into these meetings without looking at history, without looking at the fact that he is dealing with an adversary of the United States. The Russians are trying to undermine the stability of the United States, that’s been their goal. They’re undermining the stability of our western allies. They are an adversary. I don’t think he sees Putin in that light. And therefore, he is going to go there a little bit like going into the Kim meeting, shaking hands, showing the world that two large leaders of big countries can come together. And I think Putin will take advantage of that to show the world that frankly he can have his way with the United States. That’s the problem I’m concerned with. Because we’ve shown weakness here in this NATO conference, and now we’re going to go to Russia and show weakness with Putin. That is a terrible message to send the world."