By Russell Berman - 05/29/14 10:58 AM EDT
Edward Snowden didn’t win over Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerDem drops out of race for Boehner's old seat Conservative allies on opposite sides in GOP primary fight Clinton maps out first 100 days MORE (R-Ohio) in his televised interview on Wednesday night.
Snowden, who leaked sensitive National Security Agency documents and then sought asylum in Russia, told NBC’s Brian Williams he considered himself a “patriot” and wants to return to the U.S.
Boehner wasn’t having it.
“Edward Snowden is a traitor to our country,” he said at a press conference after a House GOP meeting. “He has damaged our ability to keep Americans safe here and abroad, and there is no other word to describe him other than traitor.”