Rudy Giuliani at FOX Studios in New York City in 2014.
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February 19, 2015 9:07 AM EST

Rudy Giuliani questioned Wednesday night whether President Obama actually “loves America.”

Speaking at a private dinner for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in Manhattan, the former mayor of New York said, “I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America,” Politico reports. “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.”

With a nod towards the 2016 election, Giuliani then said he would support a Republican candidate: “If it’s you Scott, I’ll endorse you,” he added. “And if it’s somebody else, I’ll support somebody else.”

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