Kristian Saucier, the former Navy Sailor who President Trump pardoned on Friday, spoke out in an exclusive interview with Fox & Friends Saturday morning, expressing his gratitude for the pardon, and said he spoke briefly with the president Friday evening.

“We’re very grateful to the president for following through with his promise to help our family out,” Saucier said.

“All I ever wanted to do was serve my country, and I honestly believe that the systems that went after me were put in place to protect people like me, until I was run through the ringer,” Saucier said.

“It’s unfortunate that one prosecutor and a couple of FBI agents really just destroyed my life for no reason,” he said. “This case could have been handled at a much lower level within the military as it should have been because I was active duty at the time, and I would have taken my punishment the same way like a man.”

“I made a mistake when I was a young kid, it was a misguided attempt to have some mementos, and it should have never reached the level that it did. I believe President Trump saw that, and that’s why he spoke about my case.”

“It was a clear attempt by the Department of Justice under President Obama to use me as a scapegoat to take the heat off of Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified information,” he added.

When asked what he would say directly to President Trump, Saucier said, “Thank you, sir for your bravery and for standing up in the face of so many people who said you would never do the right thing,” he stated. “You proved them wrong time and time again and thank you for having the moral fortitude to follow through on your promises.”