White House press secretary Jay Carney fought back Thursday against Russian President Vladimir Putin's New York Times op-ed, in which Putin criticized President Obama for embracing the concept of American exceptionalism.

Carney said at his daily briefing that Russia's human rights record presents a "stark contrast" to American exceptionalism.

"Unlike Russia, the United States stands up for democratic values and human rights in our own country and around the world," Carney said, according to a transcript. "And we believe that our global security is advanced when children cannot be gassed to death by a dictator."