Here is a portion of the interview of President Trump by Bill O’Reilly, Fox News, aired before the Super Bowl
O’Reilly: You talked to Putin last week. You had a busy week last week.
Trump: Busy week and a half.
O’Reilly: Do you respect Putin?
Trump: I do respect him but —
O’Reilly: Do you? Why?
Trump: Well, I respect a lot of people but that doesn’t mean I’m going to get along with him. He’s a leader of his country. I say it’s better to get along with Russia than not. And if Russia helps us in the fight against ISIS, which is a major fight, and Islamic terrorism all over the world, major fight — that’s a good thing. Will I get along with him? I have no idea.
O’Reilly: But he’s a killer though. Putin’s a killer.
Trump: There are a lot of killers. We’ve got a lot of killers. What do you think — our country’s so innocent. You think our country’s so innocent?
O’Reilly: I don’t know of any government leaders that are killers.
Trump: Well, take a look at what we’ve done, too. We’ve made a lot of mistakes. I’ve been against the war in Iraq from the beginning.
O’Reilly: Mistakes are different than
Trump: A lot of mistakes. Okay, but a lot of people were killed. So, there are a lot of killers around. Okay?
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February 6, 2017 – Fort Russ News –
The Kremlin considers the American Fox News journalist Bill O’Reilly’s slander of Russian President Vladimir Putin unacceptable and expects an apology, says Russian Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov.
While interviewing US President Donald Trump, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly asked about Trump’s respect for the leader of Russia. O’Reilly reminded Trump of the accusations which the West has leveled against Moscow and called President Putin a “killer.” In response, Trump said “Do you think our country is so innocent?”, emphasizing that it would be better for the United States to get along with Russia than not.
Peskov told journalists: “We believe such words by a Fox News correspondent to be unacceptable and offensive. And, honestly speaking, of course, we expect to receive an apology to the president from such an esteemed broadcaster.”
Putin’s press secretary did not comment on Trump’s response in the Fox News interview. “As for the statements of the US President, in this case I would leave them without comment,” he said.
From Sputnik News
Fox News Host Offers No Apology for Remarks About Putin, Says Check Back in 2023
February 7, 2017
Fox News host Bill O’Reilly during a broadcast did not offer an apology for disparaging remarks he made about Russian President Vladimir Putin, and sarcastically claimed that he might have something ready in roughly six years.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US President Donald Trump gave an interview to O’Reilly this past weekend. O’Reilly, among other things, called Putin a “killer,” to which the US leader responded: “You think our country’s so innocent?”
“Apparently the Putin Administration in Moscow, demanding that I, your humble correspondent apologize… so I’m working on that apology, but it may take a little time,” O’Reilly said on Monday. “Might want to check in with me around 2023.”
Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday the Kremlin considers O’Reilly’s words about Putin unacceptable and offensive and expected an apology.