On Tuesday night, former CIA Director Leon Panetta weighed in on President Donald Trump‘s remarks he made at the Helsinki summit alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin.
MSNBC anchor Brian Williams told Panetta that it was hard to watch the Helsinki press conference and “not think” that Russia doesn’t have something on Trump.
“What do you think, at long last, it might be?” Williams asked the former Obama official.
“Well, there is no question that there is something here that intimidates the president of the United States,” Panetta responded. “This president basically coddled Mr. Putin and it was clear that he was intimidated by that situation. Whether the Russians have something on this president or not, no one really knows, but the way he behaves, there is a clear signal that the Russians have something on him.”
And when asked if he agrees with former CIA Director John Brennan that Trump’s remarks were “treasonous,” Panetta suggested that it was more “incompetence” since no laws were broken at the press conference.