When Asked About ‘Killer’ Putin, Trump Responded By Insulting The US

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President Donald Trump’s response to Russian President Vladimir Putin being called a “killer” even worries some of the Republicans.

President Donald Trump’s not-so-secret love affair with Russia is going to get him in deep trouble.

While it is understandable why the new commander-in-chief might not want to offend his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in any capacity (hint: the election intervention) or irk any of the other Kremlin officials (hint: the golden shower), his recent defense of Putin still came as an outrageous surprise.

During an interview with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, the business baron appeared to be creating a “moral equivalency” between the U.S. and Russia.

When O’Reilly asked if he respected Putin, Trump replied, “I do respect Putin.”

He then went on to clarify the statement.

“Well, I respect a lot 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,” he continued. “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. It’s very possible I don’t.”

However, things took a shocking turn when O’Reilly interrupted and called Putin a “killer.”

“There are a lot of killers,” Trump shot back. “We’ve got a lot of killers. What, you think our country’s so innocent?”

To put things into perspective, 36 journalists have been murdered in Russia since 1992. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 23 of them died after Putin became president in 2000.

The reaction on social media was expectedly massive.

Even some Republicans took to Twitter to condemn Trump:

Unsurprisingly, Vice President Mike Pence, the man responsible for cleaning up giant puddles of mess left behind by Trump, defended the remarks.

“President Trump has been willing to be critical of our country’s actions in the past,” Pence said. “But what you’re hearing there is a determination by the president of the United States to not let semantics or the arguments of the past get in the way of exploring the ability to work together with Russia and with President Putin in the days ahead.”

Yeah, right.

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