Fox News previewed a clip of Bill O’Reilly‘s pre-Super Bowl interview with Donald Trump, where Trump was asked about his rosy relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
O’Reilly asked Trump about why he respects Putin, Trump said that he does and that it would be a good thing if America could have a constructive working relationship with Russia. As Trump gave his answer, O’Reilly followed up by remarking that Putin is “a killer.”
Trump’s response to that was “There are a lot of killers. We’ve got a lot of killers. What, do you think our country’s so innocent?”
Trump has offered warm words to Putin throughout his political rise, despite Putin’s authoritarian administration and Russia’s efforts to interfere with the 2016 election. In an interview back in 2015, Trump reciprocated praise from Putin despite him being known for having journalists and political dissidents killed.
“I think our country does plenty of killing also,” Trump said at the time.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) February 4, 2017
The complete interview will air tomorrow on Fox at 4:00 P.M. EST.