Russia is demanding O’Reilly apologize after calling Vladimir Putin a killer during an interview with President Donald Trump. Nathan Rousseau Smith (@fantasticmrnate) has the story.
The Kremlin demanded an apology from FOX News on Monday, after the network’s Bill O’Reilly called President Vladimir Putin “a killer.”
O’Reilly made the remark, which related to alleged political killings of journalists and other dissenters, in an interview with President Trump that was broadcast Sunday.
Trump said he would like assistance from Russia in the fight against the Islamic State and added, “Will I get along with them? I have no idea.”
President Donald Trump went on record saying he respects Russian leader Vladimir Putin in a recent interview.
“Putin’s a killer,” O’Reilly interjected
“There are a lot of killers. We’ve got a lot of killers. Well, you think our country’s so innocent?” Trump replied.
“We believe that such a statement by the Fox News host was insulting and impermissible,” Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Monday.
“We would prefer to hear apologies addressed to the president from such a respectable television network,” he added.
Putin and Trump have expressed a desire to build a closer relationship, after the Obama administration imposed sanctions against Russian businesses and individuals for Russia’s alleged attempts to interfere in the U.S. presidential…
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