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Leon Panetta to Trump: 'You Can't Out-Bully a Bully'

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By    |   Friday, 11 Aug 2017 08:18 PM

Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Friday that "you can't out-bully a bully" with North Korea and that President Donald Trump's "loose talk" on Pyongyang "undermines the power and prestige of the United States of America."

"One thing we have learned in over 60 years in dealing with various North Korean dictators is that you can't out-bully a bully," Panetta, who served in the Obama White House, told Wolf Blitzer on CNN.

"The reality is that this kind of loose talk . . . very frankly, undermines the power and prestige of the United States of America.

"When this kind of loose talk takes place, the rest of the world is listening and trying to figure out what is going on."

On a day of escalating rhetoric, President Trump vowed Friday that Pyongyang would face "big, big trouble" if it fired on Guam, after warning that the country "will truly regret" any threat against the U.S. Pacific territory or any ally and that America was "locked and loaded" for any assault.

But Panetta, who also directed the CIA, said that "it's a time, frankly, where we need a president to speak in a steady and calm and stable and responsible way.

"The rhetoric that's going on is simply fueling this situation and creating something that concerns me."

Any "miscalculation" could lead to war, Panetta said.

"If there is a mistake by someone in North Korea or someone in South Korea or someone elsewhere, that suddenly has us into a war on the Korean peninsula.

"I really do think that what is required now is a lessening of this rhetoric and allow our actions to speak for the United States, not our words."

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Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Friday that "you can't out-bully a bully" with North Korea and that President Donald Trump's "loose talk" on Pyongyang "undermines the power and prestige of the United States of America."
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