In an interview/interrogation that aired during Sunday’s inaugural edition of “Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly,” Russian President Vladimir Putin shredded the former Fox host, and at one point asked her if she even knows what she’s asking.
According to NBC News:
Kelly met Putin in St. Petersburg, the Russian president’s hometown and his nation’s onetime capital, after sharing a contentious discussion about Russia’s attempts to hack the 2016 election at the St. Petersburg World International Economic Forum. Putin, a former KGB agent, has been painted as the puppet master behind the challenge on November’s voting.
U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Putin ordered the disruption of the election. During the interview, Putin tried to dismiss the evidence by claiming that the United States has a history of meddling in foreign elections.
“Put your finger anywhere on a map of the world, and everywhere you will hear complaints that American officials are interfering in internal electoral processes,” he said.
At one point in the interrogation, Kelly asked Putin if he knew what was said during reported meeting between the Russian ambassador and members of Trump’s transition team.
Business Insider said (Emphasis added):
“You’ve said that your ambassador, Kislyak, was just doing his job, right? So, what exactly was discussed in those meetings?” Kelly asked.
“There were no meetings. I — you understand? There were no meetings,” Putin said. “When I saw this, my jaw dropped.”
Kelly replied: “No meetings between Ambassador Kislyak and anybody from the Trump campaign?”
“I have no idea,” Putin said, becoming increasingly agitated as he continued. “I’m being completely honest with you. I don’t know. The routine job of an ambassador — do you think that from all over the world or from the United States, the ambassador reports to me every day who he meets with or what they discuss there?”
He continued: “That’s complete nonsense. Do you even understand what you’re asking or not?”
“Listen, his boss is the Minister of Foreign Affairs,” Putin added. “Do you think that I have time to talk to our ambassadors every day? All over the world? Complete nonsense.”
Kelly also asked Putin if the Russians have embarrassing information on the president, NBC said, adding:
Asked whether “you have something damaging on our president?” Putin — who once worked as a KGB recruiter — replied: “Well, this is just another load of nonsense. Where would we get this information from?”
“Why, did we have some special relationship with him?” Putin asked. “We didn’t have any relationship at all. There was a time when he used to come to Moscow. But you know, I never met with him. We have a lot of Americans who visit us.”
“Right now, I think we have representatives from a hundred American companies that have come to Russia,” Putin added. “Do you think we’re gathering compromising information on all of them right now or something? Have you all lost your senses over there?”
It sure seems that way…
At the end of the interview, NBC said Kelly asked about reports of corruption, repression and silencing of dissidents in Russia, which prompted Putin to scold Kelly one more time.
“Why do you feel you have the right to ask us these kinds of questions? And do it all the time? To moralize and to give us lessons on how to live?” he said in response. “We’re ready to listen to comments when it is done constructively, with the goal of establishing a relationship, creating a common environment. But we will absolutely not accept when these sorts of things are used as an instrument of political conflict.”
Here’s video of the interview:
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