(CNN) - Ben Carson, a renowned neurosurgeon and a popular figure among conservatives who's considering a run for president, wouldn't say whether he's qualified to be commander in chief.
Appearing on CNN's "Crossfire” on Wednesday, Carson was asked by co-host Stephanie Cutter on the left whether he thinks he has what it takes to lead the country.
"Well, let me put it this way, I'm not sure that anybody is qualified to be the commander in chief by themselves," Carson said.
"I think you have to surround yourself with the appropriate types of people," he added, pivoting to the political controversy surrounding President Barack Obama's foreign policy.
Pressed again if he thinks he's qualified to lead the United States, Carson reiterated his previous answer: "I said no one in-and-of-themselves. I think you need to have a cadre of the right kinds of people."
Cutter's questioning comes amid intense criticism from the right of Obama's foreign policy, which many Republicans contend has diminished U.S. standing globally.
Obama gave a robust defense of his international policies in a commencement address earlier Wednesday at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point as the pragmatic and most effective expression of America's leadership role in the world.
CNN’s Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.