Bill O'Reilly seems fine with Trump's excusing Putin

Carla Harmon
February 19, 2017

The Kremlin demanded an apology on Monday from Fox News over what it said were "unacceptable" comments by Bill O'Reilly about Russian President Vladimir Putin in last Friday's interview with Donald Trump.

President Trump could have said, simply: "Bill, President Franklin Roosevelt dealt with Stalin, 50 million, President Richard Nixon dealt with Mao, another 50 million".

KRAUTHAMMER: But look, I wasn't looking for something to get him with. Trump said he did, which led to O'Reilly asking him how he could feel that way about "a killer".

"There are a lot of killers", Trump responded.

The comment came during an exchange that started with O'Reilly asking Trump if he respected Putin. What do you think? But the countries are still divided over Moscow's intervention in Syria and Ukraine Trump's policies could spark conflict between the US, Russia and Moscow. On CNN's State of the Union, McConnell rejected Trump's characterization, calling Putin a "thug" - though when Jake Tapper asked how he would have reacted if President Obama had made the same remarks, the majority leader said he does not intend to "critique the president's every utterance". "We will defeat radical Islamic terrorism and we will not allow it to take root in our country".

President Trump said there are larger threats than Russian Federation. "So a lot of killers around, believe me".

President Trump, sharing his ideas on Twitter Tuesday, again tried to distance himself from Russian President Vladimir Putin - but instead opened himself to scrutiny over hashtag misuse.

"You may have some bromance with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, I'll tell you right now you should respect more of our country and our Constitution", Sen.

The new president has advocated working with Russian Federation to combat the ISIS in Syria. No matter what your view of the Syrian civil war and whether the USA had a stake here, Obama's policy was incoherent. Because in the past, the United States has done bad things too. We've made a lot of mistakes.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday was on the defensive because of his friendly overtures to Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying in a Twitter post, "the haters are going insane". "We do want to better our relations with Russia", Haley said.

Trump has long expressed a wish for better ties with Moscow, praised Putin and signaled that US-Russia relations could be in line for a makeover, even after US intelligence agencies determined that Russia meddled in the 2016 USA presidential campaign to help Trump win against Democrat Hillary Clinton.

"[Kara-Murza] knew that there was no moral equivalence between the United States and Putin's Russian Federation".

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