The Kremlin is demanding an apology from Fox News Monday, after Bill O’Reilly’s one-on-one interview with President Trump on Super Bowl Sunday, in which the TV host called Russian President Vladimir Putin a ‘killer’. Alva French reports.
(Reuters, DC Pool, CBS) – The Kremlin demanding an apology from Fox News Monday after Bill O’Reilly’s one-on-one interview with President Trump on Super Bowl Sunday, in which the TV host called Russian President Vladimir Putin “a killer.”
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov saying: “We consider such words from the Fox TV company to be unacceptable and insulting, and honestly speaking, we would prefer to get an apology from such a respected TV company.”
During the interview, Trump responded to O’Reilly’s description of Putin by saying: What, you think our country is so innocent?” He added: “We’ve got a lot of killers,” a sentiment not shared by some fellow Republicans.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calling Putin “a thug” and calling out Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and involvement in U.S. elections on CNN.
Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska on ABC saying there’s no comparison between American and Russian politicians.
Senator Marco Rubio tweeting: “We are not the same as #Putin.”
The President also reiterating his admiration for Putin in the interview. Vice President Mike Pence making the rounds on several other new networks on Sunday, doing his best to defend Trump’s approach to Russia.
U.S. VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE,
“The President says we should get along with Putin. Maybe we won’t.”
Last year, a British judge ruled that Putin “probably” authorized the murder of a former KGB agent in London. Trump says he saw no evidence of Putin’s guilt in that case. Rights groups have also said 19 journalists have been victims of contract killings in Russia, since Putin has been president.
Trump’s views on the Russian leader are closely scrutinized in the U.S., where intelligence agencies have accused Moscow of interfering with the 2016 presidential election.