White House Hits Back At Giuliani

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February 19, 2015 3:36 p.m.

White House spokesman Eric Schultz on Thursday dismissed former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s (R) comment that President Obama doesn’t love America.

During the president’s flight to Chicago, Schultz told reporters that Giuliani used the same attack during his “fleeting 2007 run for the presidency.”

On Wednesday night, when Giuliani commented on Obama’s patriotism, he acknowledged that his statement was controversial.

“I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America,” he said.

Schultz said he agreed with Giuliani that it was a “horrible” statement to make about Obama.

“I’m not going to pile on from here,” Schultz told reporters.

After his initial comments on Wednesday night, Giuliani on Thursday said he wasn’t “questioning his patriotism.”

“What I’m saying is that in his rhetoric, I very rarely hear him say the things that I used to hear Ronald Reagan say, the things I used to hear Bill Clinton say, about how much he loves America,” Giuliani said about Obama.

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