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Rudy Giuliani: 'I Didn't Intend To Question' Obama's Heart

02/22/2015 07:49 pm ET | Updated Feb 23, 2015

After doubling and tripling down on his controversial comments regarding President Barack Obama's lack of love for America, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Sunday moved closer to something of a mea culpa.

"My blunt language suggesting that the president doesn’t love America notwithstanding, I didn’t intend to question President Obama’s motives or the content of his heart," Giuliani wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. "My intended focus really was the effect his words and his actions have on the morale of the country, and how that effect may damage his performance."

The former GOP presidential candidate then went on to criticize the president for "his inability or disinclination to emphasize what is right with America," a point Republicans have been making for some time now. He also took issue with Obama for failing to express adequate support for allies like Israel and Ukraine.

"Obviously, I cannot read President Obama’s mind or heart, and to the extent that my words suggested otherwise, it was not my intention ... I bear him no ill will, and in fact think that his personal journey is inspiring and a testament to much of what makes this country great," Giuliani added.

The former mayor further criticized the president for admitting that the United States tortured people in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, because it "undermined those who managed successfully to protect us from further attack."

Read the entire op-ed here.

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