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 TrumpMichelle Obama says not always easy to live up to "we go high" Georgia certifies elections results in bitterly fought governor's race Trump defends border deployment amid fresh scrutiny 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 PencePence: US will hold those responsible for Khashoggi's murder accountable Trump privately asking aides if Pence is loyal: report North Korea's Kim oversees new weapons test 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.”