During an exclusive interview that aired Sunday before the Super Bowl, Fox News' Bill O'Reilly pressed President Donald Trump on whether he respects Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"I do respect him, but I respect a lot of people," Trump said, adding "that doesn't mean I'm going to get along with him."

"But, [Putin] is a killer," O'Reilly said.

"There are a lot of killers. ... What, you think our country's so innocent?" Trump said.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee joined "America's Newsroom" Monday to discuss Trump's response to O'Reilly's question and how the media has criticized the president for defending Putin.

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"So many critics of Donald Trump have said he's unfiltered and he's gonna get us into all kinds of disputes with foreign governments because he's too blunt," Huckabee said.

The former governor compared Trump to the New Testament character Nathaniel, who he said has "no pretense" and "no phoniness."

"So Donald Trump is acting more statesman like in saying, 'Look I'm not gonna call another foreign leader a murderer or a thug on international television' because that kinda makes it hard to work with him. So he doesn't do it and instead of the press saying, 'Yes he's acting more presidential now rather than just firing off,' now he gets in trouble for that," Huckabee said.

"Whatever Donald Trump says as president, somebody is not gonna like it, but a lot of American people do," he added.

Watch the full interview above, and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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