Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks in New York in 2014.
John Minchillo—AP
February 19, 2015 9:12 PM EST

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani wants to set the record straight.

In the wake of his recent comment, in which he said he doesn’t believe President Barack Obama “loves America,” Giuliani called into Bloomberg PoliticsAll Due Respect to try and clarify what he actually intended to say.

“Well actually, if I could express it more clearly, what I mean is he doesn’t express it,” Giuliani said. “I shouldn’t say that the president does or does not love anything. I don’t know, I’m not a psychiatrist, and he doesn’t have one and he doesn’t need one.”

The former mayor said he doesn’t “doubt” that Obama loves the United States in the sense that he’s “a patriot, he believes in the Constitution, and he’s going to follow the laws of the United States.” Still, he didn’t back away from the gist of his earlier remarks: “from the way he talks, it sounds to me like a guy who has trouble expressing love for America,” Giuliani said.

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