On Monday, the Kremlin said that it wanted an apology from Fox News after they aired an interview between host Bill O’Reilly and President Donald Trump on Super Bowl Sunday where O’Reilly called Russian President Vladimir Putin a “killer.” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters during a conference call that he found the statement “insulting” and “would prefer to get an apology.”
“We consider such words from the Fox TV company to be unacceptable and insulting, and honestly speaking, we would prefer to get an apology from such a respected TV company,” Peskov said.
Peskov directed his disapproval at O’Reilly and Fox News, refusing to speak about anything President Trump had spoken about.
“As for statements by the U.S. president, I would prefer not to comment in this case,” he added.
During the interview, O’Reilly referred to Putin as “a killer” while pressing President Trump on why he had such respect for his Russian counterpart.
“Do you respect Putin?” O’Reilly asked.
“I do respect him,” Trump responded, which quickly prompted O’Reilly to ask why.
“Well, I respect a lot of people, but that doesn’t mean I’m gonna get along with him. He’s a leader of his country. I’d say it’s better to get along with Russia than not,” Trump continued. “Will I get along with him? I have no idea.”
“But he’s a killer though,” O’Reilly replied. “Putin’s a killer.”
You can watch O’Reilly’s full Super Bowl Sunday interview with President Donald Trump below: