In an interview with Trump before the Superbowl O’Reilly asked “Do you respect Putin?” Trump responded by saying, “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 — that’s a good thing. Will I get along with him? I have no idea,” said Trump.
“But he’s a killer though. Putin’s a killer,” responded O’Reilly. “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?” asked Trump. “I don’t know of any government leaders that are killers,” responded O’Reilly.
Putin got angry at the way that O’Reilly portrayed him. “We think that words like that coming from the Fox correspondent are unacceptable, offensive. To be honest, we’d prefer to get an apology to the president coming from such a respected company,” said Putin.
O’Reilly did not like this. He responded with sarcasm. “The Putin administration in Moscow is demanding that I, your humble correspondent, apologize for saying old Vlad is a killer. So I am working on that apology but it may take a little time. Might want to check in with me around 2023,” said O’Reilly.
“If you’d like to know more about the violent history of Vladimir Putin, you might check out the book ‘iWar: War and Peace in the Information Age’ by Bill Gertz, a Washington Times reporter,” said O’Reilly. What do you think of his response?