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Panetta: Trump's Positions Would Take U.S. 'Back to the 1930s'

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By    |   Friday, 13 May 2016 01:12 PM

Donald Trump is "talking about the world in a way that takes us back to the 1930s," Bill Clinton's former Chief of Staff Leon Panetta said Friday, and he's not sure what the presumptive GOP nominee's positions are.

"He takes one position one day, he takes another position the next day," Panetta, also a former secretary of defense and CIA director told CNN's "New Day" program. "He takes positions on, you know, immigration and building a wall, on getting rid of 11 million immigrants.

"He talks about distributing atomic weapons so that it's okay if Japan gets atomic weapons, if Korea gets atomic weapons. He says these things almost as if he's not even thinking, and then, you know, the next day he kind of changes his position to try to soften some of the things he says."

The challenge will be if Trump will attract "smart, good people around him that he's willing to listen to," if he's elected, said Panetta, who endorses Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. "Or, is this somebody who is going to do his own thing, no matter who the hell's around him? That's the question."

Meanwhile, Panetta said he does not think the election will be decided around the investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server.

"I think there are a lot of, a lot bigger issues for the country to focus on, but, you know, she's admitted the mistakes she made there," said Panetta. "I don't see substance to the charges because I think what was classified now was not then. So I think it's going to be tough to bring a prosecution, but I think we ought to let the FBI do their investigation and Hillary Clinton has said she's willing to cooperate in any way possible and that's what ought to happen here to resolve that issue."

Also on the program, Panetta drew lines comparing Clinton and Trump, commenting that "this is a dangerous world we're living in" because of ISIS, the threats coming from Iran, North Korea, Russia, China, and more.

"The fact is, we took on al-Qaida and terrorism and disseminated their leadership," said Panetta. "We took on the threats in the world, and, you know, some you're successful at. Some you're not successful at, but the real challenge is to provide world leadership, and that's the difference between Secretary Clinton and Trump. I mean, Trump is talking about the world in a way that takes us back to the 1930s. I mean, he's talking almost isolationist, America first. He's talking about distributing a-bombs around the world."

There will be two tests for the next president to face, said Panetta. One is to break Washington's gridlock, and second is to "provide world leadership in a very troubled world," and he believes Clinton has the experience to do that.

"You want to take a gamble with the future?" said Panetta. "I don't want to do that, for my kids, for their kids, I don't want to take that gamble."

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Donald Trump is "talking about the world in a way that takes us back to the 1930s," Bill Clinton's former Chief of Staff Leon Panetta said Friday, and he's not sure what the presumptive GOP nominee's positions are.
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