Chris Wallace asked Ben Carson on "Fox News Sunday" whether Americans should elect a president with no foreign policy experience in light of the Paris terror attacks.
"Why should voters choose you over someone who actually has experience in foreign policy [and] national security?" he asked.
Carson jokingly asked whether Wallace was referring to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
"You have to be willing to recognize that you are not the end-all. But you are the conduit for the conduct of American policies," Carson responded, arguing that as president, he would listen to experts on the military and foreign affairs.
Carson said he would not put a figure on how many troops he would send to Syria and Iraq to combat ISIS. He said what's more important is what U.S. troops would be doing once they are deployed.
He said it's "foolish" for him or anyone else to claim they have the answer. Carson said people with a "tremendous" amount of military experience must decide the strategy and force levels.
On whether to accept Syrian refugees into the U.S., he said bringing them here "under these circumstances is a suspension of intellect."
He reiterated that he supports a no-fly zone over parts of Syria, even if it means that the U.S. would have to shoot down Russian planes to enforce it.
Wallace asked what would happen if Moscow then responded by shooting down an American fighter jet.
"We'll see what happens," said Carson.
"For us to always be backing down because we're afraid of a conflict -- that's not how we become a great nation."
Watch the full interview above.