President Obama should not have apologized for what U.S. officials say was the inadvertent burning of a pile of Korans at Bagram air base in Afghanistan, former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) said Sunday.


Former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.). (Steve Pope/Getty Images)

Santorum was referring to the two U.S. service members who were allegedly shot by an Afghan security official last week in the wake of the incident.

Santorum argued Sunday that Obama’s apology to Afghan President Hamid Karzai “suggests that there is somehow blame” and that it “shows weakness” on the part of the United States.

“Say it’s unfortunate, say that this is something that should not have been done. ... But to apologize for something that was not an intentional act is something that the president of the United States, in my opinion, should not have done,” Santorum said, adding that apologizing “lends credibility that somehow or another that it was more than (an accident).”