Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) on Sunday urged President Obama to "stop apologizing" for the National Security Administration's surveillance programs.

"I think the president should stop apologizing, stop being defensive," King said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "The reality is the NSA has saved thousands of lives -- not just in the United States, but also in France and Germany and throughout Europe."