President Trump Defends 'Killer' Putin In Super Bowl Interview: 'Do You Think Our Country's So Innocent?'

Bill O’Reilly’s highly anticipated interview with President Donald Trump doesn’t air until Sunday’s Super Bowl pregame show, but the following soundbite should get everyone talking.

In a preview of the sit-down released by Fox News, the O’Reilly Factor host asks Trump about Vladimir Putin, and whether he respects the Russian president.

“I do respect him… I respect a lot of people, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to get along with him,” Trump says. “He’s a leader of his country. I say it’s better to get along with Russia than not. And if Russia helps us with 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 won’t.”

“But he’s a killer, though,” O’Reilly then notes. “Putin’s a killer.”

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

In a second clip, O’Reilly asks Trump if there’s any validity to criticism that he says things he “can’t back up factually,” leading to a discussion about POTUS’ recent claim that more than 3 million undocumented citizens voted in the 2016 election illegally.

O’Reilly’s interview with Trump airs Sunday at 4 pm, with additional excerpts airing as part of The O’Reilly Factor on Monday and Tuesday.

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63 Comments
  1. labman57 says:

    I’m sorry — I didn’t quite hear that.
    What was Donnie saying about “American Exceptionalism”?

  2. JScout says:

    Impeach this idiot NOW. The U.S. does not kill journalist. The U.S. does not kill political opponents. Trump is a Russian sympathizer and cannot be out president. He needs to release his taxes for the past 20 years now. Then we’ll be able to see how many millions he owes to foreign countries and how truly bad he is a “successful” businessman. He is disgraceful.

    • labman57 says:

      Patriotism, Trump-style:
      Defend Putin by throwing America under the bus.

    • loveNY says:

      Do you know what happens if he’s impeached? We get Pence. Think about that before you jump on the impeachment bandwagon.

      • Steven says:

        I’m for impeachment because whatever Pence puts in place we will repeal. If Trump starts a war then we’re screwed.

      • Kate says:

        I still think that’s a 10 times better option than Trump.

      • Tai says:

        I used to think that same way, but at this point even Pence looks good. And I’m pretty sure he’s one bad day away from making American Psycho a reality. I still would prefer that. That’s how bad Trump is by comparison.

        • Angela says:

          Yep. At the very least, I think he’d be smart enough to exercise more caution with our nuclear codes.

          • maggie says:

            Yes, Pence would be smart enough to not start a nuclear war, and would be more diplomatic with foreign leaders. We would still fight his (judging by his past statements) draconian measures on LGBT issues and women’s healthcare. But we would do so without the fear of WWIII.

          • Angela says:

            We would still fight his (judging by his past statements) draconian measures on LGBT issues and women’s healthcare. But we would do so without the fear of WWIII.
            .
            Bingo. Accepting Pence would be a little better than Trump as leader certainly doesn’t mean letting him off the hook for his own warped policy ideals. And if we get lucky enough to get a Democratic majority in Congress in 2018, that can help some as well.

      • DL says:

        Pence is very unlikely to win in 2020 because any Trump impeachment will require Republican support, which will be viewed as a massive betrayal of their glorious leader by the Trump base. Trump, meanwhile, if he can keep spinning the Obama economy and job gains as something he’s miraculously responsible for, two weeks in, can definitely win in 2020, and that’s terrifying. So yeah, I’ll take Pence any day. At least he respects the U.S. Constitution.

    • Leia says:

      Oh yeah you know all, obama droned people, FDR delayed our entry into WW2, we went all dominos and napalmed Vietnam, ain’t no one clean in this world, except the Dali Lama. And the Pope, but even previous popes are guilty of killing, so trump may be inarticulate in expressing his message but he is factually accurate. Ain’t no one clean, Putin is a head of state, he deserves grudging respect, not fawning grudging, of course we have a little bit of guilt in the Ukraine situation too.

  3. Collette says:

    “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” What DT is saying is we have bigger fish to fry than Putin. Islam is a greater threat because they are willing to die and kill innocents to further their fanaticism. Russia is not good, but they are relatively weak financially and not religious fanatics. Small change compared to Iran and ISIS.

    • Steven says:

      Islam and Isis do not go hand in hand.

    • Kate says:

      neither Iran nor ISIS (nor Russia) are any real threat to the US. none of them is a big fish we need to fry. neither are Mexico or Australia btw.

      • Coop says:

        The United States has been underestimating Russia for a decade. In their mind, the Cold War never ended and their goal remains the same as it was during the USSR peak.

        • maggie says:

          Russia’s goal is to weaken the US as a world leader, as Putin wants to reconstitute the Soviet Union. Putin’s goal of supporting Trump as US President was to put an idiot in charge of the US, who he could control through flattery. Trump likes Putin because he thinks Putin said he was brilliant. Actually the word Putin used didn’t mean brilliant as in the sense of Trump being a genius, but meant colorful and flamboyant.

        • TomTom says:

          I think everyone except Trump knows that.

    • A.F says:

      Russia’s weak financially compared to ISIS? Can I have some of what you’re smoking? And if Cheeto wanted to mend fences with Russia, he wouldn’t have his cronies talk about going to war against china and increasing sanctions against Iran. Peace with Russia is all great and everything, but Russia’s not going to abandon its allies and completely realign its foreign policy just because a one-term president is growing friendly with them.

      • maggie says:

        Trump’s negative talk about NATO is what Putin wants. Putin wants to weaken Europe, so he can expand. Putin wants to weaken the US, so he supported Trump knowing that he was ignorant, and that their would be chaos in America due to Trump. So far Putin’s plan for the US is working.

    • JScout says:

      Russia is a thousand times more dangerous than ISIS. They’ve invaded Ukraine and taken over Crimea. They interfered in our election, for the first time EVER a foreign power has done that. They are using the same tactics, hacking and leaking information against those who are fighting right wing extremism all through Europe. They want an ignorant, Russian apologist like Trump in NATO countries. They want to destabilize NATO and idiot, ignorant Trump plays right into their hands. HE NEEDS TO BE IMPEACHED NOW. I don’t like anything about Pence, but at least he is not crazy.

      Trump insults our allies, Mexico, Canada, Australia (for God’s sake!!) and defends and praises Putin and Russia at every opportunity. Those of you who voted for him, SHAME ON YOU.

    • JScout says:

      And by the way, even worse than treating our allies like sh*t, he is slandering our country like no president has ever done. He is just incredibly stupid and the reason his staff has to clean up after him all the time is HE NEVER, EVER KNOWS WHAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT. He is the most ignorant person ever to attain that office.

    • Ben says:

      I wonder when America will stop with ‘the enemy of the enemy is my friend’. So far, it’s enabled them to arm successive sets of people who become bigger and bigger threats to the US. Your enemy that is also the enemy of your enemy is still your enemy.

    • DL says:

      Russia spends almost no time attacking ISIS. They’re more focused on supporting Assad’s dictatorship in Syria, and they’re allied with Iran, the #1 exporter of terrorism in the Middle East. The idea that they’re allies in the fight against ISIS is utterly false and a cheap lie by POTUS to garner support from the gullible for his pro-Putin agenda. He wants to “Make America Great Again” by making us subservient to Putin’s Russia within their sphere of influence, which makes us a party to their murders of Ukrainians and Syrian civilians. How does that make any damn sense?

  4. Fred Shwebell says:

    Just waiting for the “clarification” from the Administration cleanup crew…

  5. Barton boswald says:

    They are exceptional, just look at what happened at sandy hook when those poor kiddies were slaughtered with a readily available weapon of war and yet they STILL cling to their guns as Dirty Donald promised during the campaign. they are exceptionally stupid and a sick society.

    • Big Mike says:

      Didn’t you hear? Sandy Hook didn’t happen. It was all lies. Nobody died. It was propaganda to try and take away ‘Murica’s guns!!
      .
      *Note: I don’t believe that, but a not insignificant portion of people do. Sickening.*

      • Steven says:

        It’s crazy that people will try to explain that away. These kids died but gun fanatics won’t accept that.

      • Angela says:

        Yeah, that’s got to be one of the most grotesque conspiracy theories to ever exist. I can’t imagine what it must be like to be the parents of those children and know that sort of BS thinking actually exists out there.

  6. Jake says:

    Even if you support his policies, I don’t know how you can’t be embarrassed about this so called President. I can’t imagine 4 years of thus nonsense or what will follow this

  7. Wendy says:

    This traitor needs to be impeached and it’s time that these senators and members of Congress go a collective spine and start proceedings. Before we alienate every ally and have every enemy gunning for us.

    • Coop says:

      You can’t just impeach a democratically-elected politician because you dislike their political stances.

      • Ryan says:

        I have no issue with someone of different politics being in charge. Much like Louis Ck said, I think it’s vital to have different viewpoints hold down the fort every now and then, but this fool is going to end up fighting wars with boots on the ground at home and abroad if he keeps it up and there won’t be an ally to save us. Heck at this point we may be fighting them. My biggest issue with Trump is the fact he tries to undermine the other branches of government, namely the Judiciary. I don’t care if a judge hands down a ruling you don’t like, take it up through the official channels, don’t call him a “so-called” judge and question his loyalty to the country by saying that he is preventing the law from doing their job. That’s terrifying. Terrifying

        • Coop says:

          Eh, Trump is all talk. Always has been. The judicial branch has the power to continuously poke him and his twitter tirades only give them more satisfaction when able to do it. I didn’t vote for him, but like I said, you just can’t impeach a politician without cause.

          The biggest problem is that you have guys inside the White House that can manipulate him into doing dumb stuff. The best thing that could happen is people like Mattis, Kelly, Haley and perhaps even Tillerson (his views are far more murky) can influence him from the outside. The key is that Priebus has to take control inside the WH over the likes of Bannon, Miller, etc.

      • Rk says:

        True, but you can impeach them for violating the consititution. You can impeach them for lying and you can impeach them for corruption. Check, check and check. Won’t be long now.

  8. Kate says:

    Trump = Putin’s b*tch

  9. Angela says:

    Hoo boy.
    .
    Between this and Trump’s ranting Tweets today showing his complete ignorance of how the basic levels of government work…yeah, Trump supporters, you have a LOT of soul searching to do. Stop supporting this nutjob, stop defending and excusing the actions and words of him and his idiotic band of cronies he’s been hiring, and realize that he is deeply, deeply unfit to be anywhere near the White House. He needs to go, and he needs to go NOW. And he can take Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, and Sean Spicer with him.

  10. Sally McLinn says:

    Well, Trump is right. We just killed some innocent civilians in Yemen.

    • maggie says:

      Putin kills or jails journalists who print things about him he doesn’t like. Putin kills political opponents. While we indeed have killed innocent people in our “war on terror,” that’s still different than killing your own citizens who oppose you.

  11. remy says:

    There is no country that doesnt have blood on its hands. American presidents have authorzied many things that are know and not known that are truely horrible. Slavery, what we did to American Indians, Japanese camps, the atomic bomb, Vetinam war, segregation,how many assasnations have the CIA committed that we don’t know about?

  12. Evan says:

    We have killed before. Not so much in a fashion as Putin, but he wasn’t wrong about saying America isn’t always better than.

    But then we also need to stop with the “American Exceptionalism” stuff then. We know we can be as bad, the fact that we try to justify it for better reasoning doesn’t work. If we do things that are just as bad the countries we say are wrong when they do it, we just have to admit it, say we’re really no better then them ourselves, and move forward.

    I hate when we try to say we’re better then everyone else and we all know we really aren’t, just to try to lie to ourselves.

  13. Jj says:

    I wish someone would just leak Pr*sident Trump’s pee pee tape so he can stop being Putin’s puppet.

  14. Bob OHara says:

    I find it sad a great site like this has to be ruined by political infighting. Why on earth would this be posted here??

    • JScout says:

      Because the situation is dire. This is not normal, We cannot make it normal. Everyone needs to be aware of what’s going on so we can get this idiot Trump out of office as soon as possible. Everyone needs to talk about this.

    • PatriciaLee says:

      This interview belongs on this site because it will appear on TV, and also, Bill O’Rilley has a huge following since his five-year run on Inside Edition. The Apprentice meets Inside Edition, where else would it be? I’m more concerned by the indifference to shows about cannibalism, to tell you the truth.

  15. kmw says:

    Yes Mr. President the good old USA sanctions hits on journalists whenever they print or report valid news. Oh and we also murder anyone we don’t agree with( sarcasm!!) Putin is no friend of ours and the fact that our leader thinks he is a swell guy just underscores how much trouble this country is in. Will Trump think Putin is our friend when he starts murdering Americans overseas? Its one thing to try to get along for actual political reasons but ignoring this man and what he has done to his people over there shows ignorance of the worst degree on Trump’s part. God help this country for the next four years

  16. klintbergjan says:

    Trump and Putin both killers. Swedish FRA se

  17. J.Norman says:

    For those talking about impeachment. They don’t seem to have much grip on reality.
    The Republicans control the House by nearly 50 votes.
    The Republicans control the Senate.
    Trump won 30 states in the election/

    Try to beat him in the 2018 election, but to talk about impeachment is nonsense.

  18. patterns says:

    Trump confesses to murder during the fox news interview… or was it only a ‘royal’ we?