<Moscow has decried comments made by Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, in which he labeled Vladimir Putin 'a killer' during an interview with Donald Trump. The US president had repeatedly reiterated his respect for Putin.
MOSCOW, Feb 6, 2017
Deutsche Welle reported on Monday that the Kremlin demanded an apology from US television channel Fox News over what it said were unacceptable and insulting comments by presenter Bill O'Reilly about Russian leader Vladimir Putin in an interview with US President Donald Trump.
We consider such words from a Fox News correspondent unacceptable and offensive, Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. To be honest we would prefer to receive an apology addressed to the president from such a respected television company.
On Sunday, O'Reilly repeatedly described Putin as a killer as he pressed Trump to explain why he respected a man with alleged links to extrajudicial killings of journalists and dissidents.
“We've got a lot of killers. You think our country's so innocent,” Trump answered, adding take a look at what we've done too. “We've made a lot of mistakes.”
When asked of Trump's response, Peskov said in this case I would prefer to leave this without comment.
Fox News and O'Reilly have so far not responded to the Kremlin's remarks.