A former secretary of defense took issue with President Donald Trump's statement that the U.S. military was "my military."
Panetta, who served as secretary of defense under President Barack Obama, made the comment Thursday on MSNBC's "Hardball."
"When it comes to the military, the military belongs to the country. Our defense system belongs to the country. It's not the president's military, it's the military of the United States of America," Panetta said.
Panetta noted that Trump is in charge of the military, but questioned his word choice.
"He has responsibility, obviously, as commander-in-chief, to be able to make decisions with regards to our military. But I think if you ask the men and women in uniform who are they responsible to, I think their answer would be 'We're responsible to the United States of America.'"
The president made the statement Thursday about authorizing the dropping of the "mother of all bombs" on Afghanistan.
"What I do is I authorize my military. We have the greatest military in the world and they've done the job, as usual. We have given them total authorization, and that's what they're doing. Frankly, that's why they've been so successful lately," Trump said, according to Military Times.
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