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August 9th, 2013
05:37 PM ET

King: Obama is catering to traitor Edward Snowden

President Barack Obama gave an hour-long news conference Friday, discussing the National Security Agency, Edward Snowden, and the cooling relationship with Russia.

"At my direction, the Department of Justice will make public the legal rationale for the government's collection activities under Section 215 of The Patriot Act," said Obama.

"This is a terrible failure of leadership. This is the NSA version of the Obama apology tour," said Congressman Peter King, R-New York. "The NSA program is successful, and yet the president is allowing Edward Snowden the traitor to pull the puppet strings."

Snowden "is a traitor to our country and the president somehow feels he has to cater to him," said King.

King, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, said every U.S. program is susceptible to reform.

For more reaction from Rep. Peter King, including whether Republicans should pursue repealing Obamacare by threatening to shut down the government, check out the video above.

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