FOX News "Fox and Friends" -Transcript
MR. KILMEADE: Ohio Congressman and presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich in Syria bashing the U.S. -- here's how it sounded.
REP. DENNIS KUCINICH (D-OH): (From videotape.) Americans have an increased understanding today of how wrong the war was and is, and I think that they're looking for a new direction. And that's certainly what I'm offering.
MR. KILMEADE: Good job, Congressman -- on foreign soil, bashing America.
Congressman Peter King, welcome. Your reaction?
REP. KING: Brian, totally wrong. You cannot have American congressmen, American senators going overseas to an enemy, which Syria is, and denouncing our policies. It violates all the standards of what I believe Americans have stood for for two centuries: that politics stops at the water's edge, that we stand together as one, and we certainly don't do anything to encourage an enemy, and we don't demean our own country overseas.
It's really, really wrong, and to me it's almost identical to what we saw with groups like MoveOn.org, questioning the patriotism of General Petraeus. I mean, they've really crossed a line here.
MR. KILMEADE: Well, Congressman Lantos and Congressman Wexler did the same thing yesterday: "David Petraeus, you're a true patriot -- don't believe a word you're saying."
REP. KING: General Petraeus is one of the most outstanding generals we've ever had. I've met him in Iraq, I've met him here in the United States, and he is a man of great integrity. You can agree with him or disagree with him -- I happen to agree with him. The fact is, no one ever can question his principles or his dedication. And yet implicit in what the Democrats were saying yesterday is that somehow General Petraeus was saying what the White House wanted him to say. I can assure you, General Petraeus speaks for no one but General Petraeus.
MR. KILMEADE: I got to ask you too what's happening in New York City, and we'll see some live shots now. There's some work being done. They're starting to rebuild in downtown. As we look back on 9/11, do you think that this city -- your city that you're in right now -- this country, is safer?
REP. KING: Oh, we're much safer, Brian. We are absolutely much safer. More has to be done, but we are -- the 9/11 plot would not succeed today. There's so much more cooperation at the federal level, between the federal and the state and the city, and also overseas. We have tremendous coordination with other intelligence agencies. Plus we do have the Patriot Act. We do have CIA interrogations. We do have more electronic surveillance. All those things are criticized by the media or by certain elements in the media -- the fact is they're absolutely essential. They're working. The fact that we stopped the plot in Germany last week is a good indication of that.
But we still live in a dangerous world. They're out to kill us. We have to realize that. They only have to be lucky once.
MR. KILMEADE: Yeah. And now coming up shortly, we're going to tell you what's in that new bin Laden tape, which I'm sure you'll be interested in, too, Congressman, because it's just been released.
Congressman Peter King, the ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee -- of course here in New York, very -- his mind very much on what happened six years ago today.
Congressman, always great. Thanks.
REP. KING: Brian, thank you.