Donald Trump officially dismissed Edward Snowden as a traitor to the United States on Monday after reminding â€śFox and Friendsâ€ť viewers that spies were once executed for revealing sensitive information.
â€śThis guy is a bad guy,â€ť Trump said.
Trump added that Snowdenâ€™s decision to leak information embarrassed the United States and weakened its international influence. He voiced concern about the length of Snowdenâ€™s capture and he was outraged that it could take months or even years to find the man and called the United Statesâ€™ efforts pathetic.
Trump asserted that the United States has become a â€śvery different nationâ€ť and suggested that Snowdenâ€™s whistleblowing was the primary cause of its decline.
â€śYou have to take a strong hand,â€ť Trump said, warning that a weak stance on the situation could hurt the country.
Snowden sent both the U.S. government and the media on a wild goose chase Monday morning after a handful of journalists boarded a plane to Havana that Snowden was allegedly boarding.
Some believe Snowden still resides in Moscow, where he fled after the United States filed for extradition during his Hong Kong stay.