>> The Kremlin demanding an apology from Fox News Monday, after Bill O'Reilly's one on one interview with President Trump on Superbowl Sunday, in which the TV host called Russian president Vladimir Putin a killer. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov saying quote, we consider such words from the Fox TV company to be unacceptable and insulting, and honestly speaking, we would prefer to get an apology for such a respected TV company.
During the interview, Trump responded to O'Reilly's description of Putin by saying, what you think our country's so innocent? Adding, we've got a lot of killers. A Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, calling Putin a thug, and calling out the Russian leader's invasion of Ukraine, and involvement in US elections on CNN.
Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska on ABC saying, there's no comparison between American and Russian politicians. And Senator Marco Rubio tweeting, we are not the same as #Putin. The President also reiterating his admiration for Putin in the interview. Vice President Mike Pence making the rounds on several other news networks on Sunday doing his best to defend Trump's approach to Russia.
>> The president said it'd be better if we got along with Russia. Maybe we won't.>> Last year, a British judge ruled that Putin quote, probably authorized the murder of a former KGB agent in London. Trumps says, he saw no evidence of Putin's guilt in that case. Rights groups have also said 19 journalists have been victims of contract killings in Russia since Putin has been president.
Trumps views on the Russian leader are closely scrutinized in the US where intelligence agencies have accused Moscow of interfering with the 2016 presidential election.