Putin dismisses US claims about Trump, Russia and elections

Violet Tucker
June 6, 2017

At one point, the Russia president nearly scolded Megyn Kelly for asking a question about alleged meetings between U.S. Russian ambassador and Trump aides.

The interview took place in St. Petersburg over the weekend, after Kelly had moderated the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, "Putin's signature event".

It was a program which came with some fanfare, particularly if you were watching NBC News platforms in the days leading up to Sunday's debut.

"I haven't seen, even once, any direct proof of Russian interference in the presidential election in the United States", the president said at the interview.

But even though Kelly managed to ask all the right questions, her approach toward the same has been criticized by many who expected her to get Putin to open up more than he did, during the interview.

How do you get Putin for a sit down interview and only give the ensuing results about seven minutes of an hour-long show?

"Well, this is just another load of nonsense", Putin said. The former Fox News anchor's questions would have been explosive had Putin answered any of them with a "yes", but unsurprisingly, he did not confess to rigging the USA election or having video of our president enjoying the defilement of a Moscow hotel bed.

"There's a theory that Kennedy's assassination was arranged by the United State intelligence services", he said.

As expected, Russian political observers were watching Putin's latest USA media appearance very closely. According to Kelly herself, the Russian president is more complex than the media are trying to portray him.

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Former CIA director John Brennan said last month he had noticed contacts between Trump's campaign associates and Russian Federation during the 2016 election and grew concerned Moscow had sought to lure Americans down "a treasonous path". "There were no meetings", he said.

"It reminds me of anti-Semitism", he said.

Los Angeles Times television critic Lorraine Ali went further, arguing that Putin "outmaneuvered" Kelly, and proved that the NBC anchor was "still not a great interviewer". "You created a sensation out of nothing, and you turned it into a weapon of war against the current president". How could she not ask him, "Why did you want Donald Trump to win our election?" "But we will absolutely not accept when these sorts of things are used as an instrument of political conflict", he said.

The alleged dossier claims that Russia's government possesses compromising financial and personal information about Trump.

"Do you think we're gathering compromising information on all of them right now or something?"Putin asked, before saying: "Have you all lost your senses?" "You don't do that I think by invoking executive privilege on a conversation you had apparently with nobody else in the room".

"For Putin, it was child's play as he displayed an elusive and ultimately dismissive demeanor toward Kelly", Ali wrote.

Frankly, landing a world leader of such prominence and polarization warranted devoting more time to the segment, because Putin is front-and-center in one of the biggest news stories of our time.

"You people are so creative over there, good job", Putin told Kelly.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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