House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) disappointed some conservative defense hawks on Tuesday when he said that “no one thinks” that President Barack Obama “is a domestic enemy."

His disavowal of that contention from an audience member came after spending over 30 minutes excoriating the president and his administration for pursuing what Cantor believes to be ineffective national security policies.

The 2nd ranking House Republican took questions from the crowd of several hundred gathered during the Heritage Foundation’s "President’s Club Meeting" at the Marriott Wardham Hotel in Washington, D.C.

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A person from the audience asked Cantor, "In light of what Obama has done to leave us vulnerable, to cut defense spending to make us vulnerable to our outside enemies, to slight our allies … what would he have to do differently to be defined as a domestic enemy?” 

After pausing for several moments to let the crowd’s laughter and head nodding dissipate, Cantor was received with low-level boos when he responded, "No one thinks that the president is a domestic enemy,” Cantor said. He added that "we are at a critical crossroads as far as our national security and the shifting sands of global politics so far as our allies and their outlook is concerned."

Cantor pledged that Republicans would stand with conservative "like-minded" lawmakers on the other side of the aisle when "[Republicans] win the House" to undo the nuclear treaty policies that Obama has adopted.