Megyn Kelly’s much-anticipated, one-on-one exclusive interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin aired Sunday night on NBC. Without wasting time on niceties, the former Fox News primetime host asked the Russian President a slew of questions that have been the hot topics of discussion in the U.S. ever since President Donald Trump won the Republican presidential nomination.
On the inaugural episode of her new NCB show, Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly, Megyn Kelly asked Putin, “Do you have something damaging on our President?”
The Russian President dismissed the question as nonsense, according to The Washington Times. He asked whether everyone had lost their minds in the U.S.
“This is just another load of nonsense. Where would we get this information from? Have you all lost your senses over there?”
He said that they did not have any relationship with Donald Trump, adding that the U.S. President used to visit Moscow, but he had never met him.
According to TV Line, Vladimir Putin told Megyn Kelly that hundreds of representatives from American companies visited Russia, adding “Do you think we’re gathering compromising information on all of them right now or something?”
Moreover, he also addressed the allegation that Russia had meddled in the 2016 U.S. elections. In January, a top U.S. intelligence official had reportedly testified to the Congress that the Russian meddling in the U.S. elections went beyond hacking. It also had included disinformation and dissemination of fake news.
The Russian leader was quoted as saying by TV Line that he had not seen any proof of his country’s interference during the U.S. election and the U.S. intelligence officials had been misled.
“They [U.S. Intelligence committees] have been misled, and they aren’t analyzing the information in its entirety. I haven’t seen even once any proof of Russian interference in the presidential election in the United States.”
Earlier this month, Vladimir Putin told news agencies that Russia had never engaged in hacking another country’s elections. He, however, suggested that private Russian hacker with “patriotic leanings” could have been involved.
When Megyn Kelly asked him about his patriotic hackers’ comment, the Russian President said that the hackers could be anywhere, including in Russia, Asia, America, Latin America. He said that it was convenient for the hackers to blame the Russians in the midst of a political battle.
“It’s just that French journalists asked me about those hackers. I told them the same thing I can tell you: Hackers can be anywhere. They can be in Russia, in Asia, even in America, Latin America. They can even be hackers, by the way, in the United States who very skillfully and professionally shifted the same, as we say, on to Russia.”
“Could you accept that? In the midst of a political battle, by some calculations, it was convenient for them to release this information. So they released it, calling out Russia. Can you imagine something like that?”
During his interview, Vladimir Putin also pointed out the U.S. had a history of interfering in elections of almost every country in the world. He said, as quoted by NBC, “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.”
Megyn Kelly’s interview with the Russian President was taped in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on Friday. On Thursday, she met the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with the Russian President, ahead of the Russia’s annual International Economic Forum. Her meeting with the Indian Prime Minister landed her in controversy as she had asked him, “Are you on Twitter?”
The question triggered an avalanche of critical comments, some questioning Megyn Kelly’s IQ. Narendra Modi is one of the most followed world leaders on Twitter, with over 30 million followers.
Next Sunday, Megyn Kelly is set to interview sportscaster and television personality, Erin Andrews.
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