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Rudy Giuliani: Obama Has Made America Less Respected

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By    |   Tuesday, 02 Jun 2015 10:50 PM

President Barack Obama was mistaken when he said Monday that his time in office has restored America's position of respect in the world, says former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

"People don’t remember, but when I came into office, the United States in world opinion ranked below China and just barely above Russia, and today once again, the United States is the most respected country on earth, and part of that I think is because of the work we did to re-engage the world and say that we want to work with you as partners with mutual interests and mutual respect," Obama said in a speech to the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Fellows.

Giuliani, appearing Tuesday on Fox News Channel's "Hannity," said his travels to 16 foreign countries in the past year yielded different responses.

"In each one of those countries I find that America is less respected, completely disregarded in some cases," he said. "I spoke to two high-ranking officials in Saudi Arabia and one in Jordan, who basically said, 'America, with Obama as president, we are out of the equation.'"

Giuliani also pointed out that the Saudi king and other Arab heads of state declined to attend Obama's recent Camp David summit.

"That's respect?" he said.

Giuliani said he was asked by members of the Polish government if he thought Obama would defend them if they were attacked by Russia.

"I said, 'I can't believe you're asking me that question,'" he said. "They said, 'Well, we think your president wouldn't use military power to any extent.'"

Giuliani was mayor when New York was attacked on 9/11, and said he disagrees with Sen. Rand Paul's attacks on the Patriot Act.

"I happen to know that the information is helpful," he said of the bulk data collection of phone records. "The government has its hands tied behind its back, because it can't point out situations in which that information has been helpful."

When the National Security Agency learns of an imminent threat, "you gotta start hitting computers and getting information," he said. "You want that at your fingertips."

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