Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., a staunch defender of the National Security Agency’s collection of innocent Americans’ phone records and metadata, criticized President Obama – also a proponent of the program – for apparently not standing up for the domestic spying program enough.

King, speaking Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” said that Obama has basically “been silent for the past two months” in condemning Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who revealed the spy program, and in defending the program.

“He’s commander in chief. We’re at war. We’re in a very desperate war with al-Qaeda terrorists and their affiliates and the president of the United States as commander in chief had the obligation to be aggressively and effectively defending his program and he really didn’t do it,” King said.

Obama held a news conference Friday to say he supported the program but suggested modest reforms to restore public trust.