Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani made waves last night with a claim that President Obama does not love America.
Politico reported on Giuliani's comments at a private dinner that featured Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R).
“I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America,” Giuliani said during the dinner at the 21 Club, a former Prohibition-era speakeasy in midtown Manhattan. “He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country.”
With Walker sitting just a few seats away, Giuliani continued by saying that “with all our flaws we’re the most exceptional country in the world. I’m looking for a presidential candidate who can express that, do that and carry it out.”
“And if it’s you Scott, I’ll endorse you,” he added. “And if it’s somebody else, I’ll support somebody else.”
"Fox and Friends" asked Giuliani about those statements this morning and he responded by saying that he is not questioning the president's "patriotism."
He said his overall opinion is based on Obama's "rhetoric" through the years, arguing that unlike Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, the president rarely expresses a "love for America."
"I do hear him criticize America much more often than other American presidents. And when it's not in the context of an overwhelming number of statements about the exceptionalism of America, it sounds like he's more of a critic than he is a supporter. You can be a patriotic American and be a critic, but then you're not expressing that kind of love that we're used to from a president," said Giuliani.
Watch more above, including Giuliani's thoughts on President Obama's remarks on "violent extremism."
Plus, hear more from Giuliani when he joins Megyn Kelly, tonight at 9p/12a ET.