Giuliani: President Obama doesn't love America

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Rudy Giuliani Clarifies Comments Against Obama

By MORGAN WHITAKER

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani became one of the most vociferous critics of President Barack Obama's new vision for combating ISIS and similar terrorist groups Wednesday, questioning whether or not the president really "loves America" while discussing his recent foreign policy remarks.

"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 a speech first reported on by Politico at a dinner event in New York Wednesday night. "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."

The former mayor appeared on "Fox & Friends" Thursday to clarify his comments, but he did not apologize or retract them.

"Well, first of all, I'm not questioning his patriotism. He's a patriot, I'm sure," Giuliani said. "What I'm saying is, in his rhetoric I very rarely hear the things that I used to hear Ronald Reagan say, the things that I used to hear Bill Clinton say about how much he loves 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."

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WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 19: U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism February 19, 2015 in Washington, DC. Obama's remarks focused on countering the adoption of the world's youth to extremist ideologies. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama speaks at the White House Summit to Counter Violent Extremism at the State Department on February 19, 2015 in Washington, DC. Obama reiterated his call for the world to stand up to violent extremism Thursday, saying jihadists peddle a the lie that there is a clash of civilizations. 'The notion that the West is at war with Islam is an ugly lie,' he told a three-day conference on combatting extremism. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama speaks at the White House Summit to Counter Violent Extremism at the State Department on February 19, 2015 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama speaks during the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism at the US State Department February 19, 2015 in Washington, DC. Obama reiterated his call for the world to stand up to violent extremism Thursday, saying jihadists peddle a the lie that there is a clash of civilizations. 'The notion that the West is at war with Islam is an ugly lie,' he told a three-day conference on combatting extremism. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama speaks during the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism February 18, 2015 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 18: U.S. President Barack Obama delivers closing remarks at the conclusion of the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building February 18, 2015 in Washington, DC. In light of recent attacks in Paris, Ottawa and Sydney, the White House called the summit to 'highlight domestic and international efforts to prevent violent extremists and their supporters from radicalizing, recruiting, or inspiring individuals or groups in the United States and abroad.' (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama speaks at the White House Summit to Counter Violent Extremism at the State Department on February 19, 2015 in Washington, DC. Obama reiterated his call for the world to stand up to violent extremism Thursday, saying jihadists peddle a the lie that there is a clash of civilizations. 'The notion that the West is at war with Islam is an ugly lie,' he told a three-day conference on combatting extremism. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 18: White House National Security Advisor Susan Rice (C) attends the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building February 18, 2015 in Washington, DC. In light of recent attacks in Paris, Ottawa and Sydney, the White House called the summit to 'highlight domestic and international efforts to prevent violent extremists and their supporters from radicalizing, recruiting, or inspiring individuals or groups in the United States and abroad.' (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb listens while US President Barack Obama speaks during the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism February 18, 2015 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Vilvoorde Mayor Hans Bonte (L) and Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb leave after listening to US President Barack Obama speak during the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism February 18, 2015 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 18: U.S. President Barack Obama delivers closing remarks at the conclusion of the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building February 18, 2015 in Washington, DC. In light of recent attacks in Paris, Ottawa and Sydney, the White House called the summit to 'highlight domestic and international efforts to prevent violent extremists and their supporters from radicalizing, recruiting, or inspiring individuals or groups in the United States and abroad.' (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama speaks during the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism February 18, 2015 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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Giuliani's not the only New York institution to bristle at the president's foreign policy. The New York Post took a particularly blunt approach to Obama's comments Wednesday differentiating Islamic extremists who make up groups like ISIS from peaceful Muslims. On the paper's Thursday cover, it showed an image of the president in a blindfold with the message "Islamic terror? I just don't see it," written below.

MORE: Obama sounds off on "perverted Islam."

Others have criticized the White House in recent weeks for shying away from describing recent terror attacks in Paris and other parts of Europe as "Islamic extremism."

"We are not at war with Islam," Obama said Wednesday during a White House summit on countering violent extremism. "We are at war with people who have perverted Islam."

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