Retired general: Trump's Putin remarks may be 'most anti-American statement' ever by president

Former Gen. Barry McCaffrey on Monday said President Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpClinton takes swipe at 'false equivalency' in media coverage of 2016 election Trump asked Netanyahu if he actually cares about peace: report Official: Trump to urge North Korea to dismantle nuclear program in return for sanctions relief MORE’s recent comments about Russian President Vladimir Putin may be “the most anti-American statement” ever made by a commander-in-chief.

“I’m actually incredulous that the president would make a statement like that,” McCaffrey told MSNBC.

“One could argue that’s the most anti-American statement ever made by the president of the United States. To confuse American values with Putin, who is running a criminal oligarchy.”

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Trump in an interview pushed back when Fox News host Bill O’Reilly said Putin is “a killer.”

“There are a lot of killers. We've got a lot of killers. What, you think our country is so innocent?" Trump said.

McCaffrey told MSNBC that the president's comments shed light on “an astonishing state of affairs,” adding that “it’s hard to know what to think about it.”

Putin "kills people abroad and at home," he said, also touching on the imprisonment of journalists, seizures of business property and invasions of Crimea and eastern Ukraine. 

Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceOvernight Health Care: GOP in retreat on ObamaCare | Drug pricing fight heads to the states | PhRMA spends record amount on lobbying Appeals court: Indiana abortion law signed by Mike Pence unconstitutional Top LGBT group targets Pence in new campaign MORE on Sunday argued Trump was not trying to compare the two countries.

“I simply don’t accept that there was any moral equivalency in the president’s comments,” he told CBS News’s “Face the Nation.”