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Obama also expressed fresh American concern over the debt turmoil roiling Greece, which has affected world markets.
The interviewer from Russian television's state-run Channel Rossiya asked Obama whether he would like to see a weaker or a stronger dollar.
"My basic principle is to focus on the fundamentals of the economy. I think that if we have a strong U.S. economy we're going to have a strong dollar," Obama said, according to an English-language transcript of the May 6 interview provided by the White House.