Washington (CNN) - Former Republican Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty kept up his criticism of the Obama administration Sunday, calling their response to the crisis in Egypt "nearly incoherent."
"Before his administration spoke like a tower of Babel with multiple voices saying multiple things, they should have had one message," Pawlenty said Sunday on ABC's "This Week." "Instead you had the president, the vice president, the secretary of state, the national intelligence director going off in different directions saying nearly incoherent, at least inconsistent things."
When asked what he would have done in the same situation, the potential 2012 presidential candidate said, "First of all, get your team on the same page, that's lesson number one in a crisis."
He also attacked President Obama over recent comments he made about the Muslim Brotherhood, an opposition Islamist umbrella group that is officially banned but tolerated in Egypt.
In an interview with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly before the Super Bowl, Obama said the Brotherhood is "one faction in Egypt. They don't have majority support in Egypt but they are well organized and there are strains of their ideology that are anti U.S., there is no doubt about it."
"The President of the United States ducked the question whether he thought it was a good or a bad idea, whether the Muslim Brotherhood should be running Egypt," Pawlenty said. "I'm telling you it's a bad idea and we need to do whatever we can to minimize the likelihood of that outcome."
A spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood has told CNN that his organization trusts Egypt's new military leadership to transition to a free and open democracy. Essam El Erian said that the Muslim Brotherhood, which has vowed not to field a presidential candidate, expects to be represented in a new parliament but does not expect to win a majority of seats.
In a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Friday, Pawlenty accused the current administration of "appeasing" the Brotherhood, advising Obama to "get tough with our enemies."
"Mr. President, stop apologizing for our country," Pawlenty said. "The bullies, terrorists and tyrants of the world have lots to apologize for. America does not."
– CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby contributed to this report