The Kremlin want Fox News presenter Bill O’Reily to apologize

Russian president Vladimir Putin: Fox News host Bill O’Reilly described Mr Putin as “a killer” in the interview with Mr Trump as he tried to press the US president to explain more fully why he respected his Russian counterpart. Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin / Sputnik

The Kremlin has demanded an apology from Fox News over “unacceptable and offensive” comments about Vladimir Putin made by presenter Bill O’Reilly, the BBC reported.

In an interview with President Donald Trump Mr O’Reilly described President Putin as “a killer”.

Mr Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that an apology from the “respected television company” should be sent, added the BBC.

The BBC also mentioned that Mr Trump was being questioned about his counterpart’s alleged links to the murders of reporters and dissidents.

“He’s a killer though, Putin’s a killer,” Mr O’Reilly commented in the interview.

Mr Trump replied: “There are a lot of killers. We’ve got a lot of killers. What do you think? Our country’s so innocent?”

Mr Trump said he respected President Putin and would prefer to “get along with him”.

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