In an interview with Bill O’Reilly that will air ahead of the Super Bowl on Sunday, the president said America is not “so innocent” when he was asked about the Russian leader’s murderous reputation.
“I do respect him,” Trump said. “Well, I respect a lot of people, but that doesn’t mean I’ll get along with them. He’s a leader of his country. I say it’s better to get along with Russia than not. If Russia helps us in the fight against ISIS, which is a major fight, and Islamic terrorism all around the world, major fight. That’s a good thing.”
“But, [Putin] is a killer,” O’Reilly said.
“There are a lot of killers,” Trump responded. “We have a lot of killers. Well, you think our country is so innocent?”
During the interview, Trump maintained his claim that between three and five million people voted illegally in the presidential election.
“Many people have come out and said I am right,” Trump said.
“We can be babies, but you take a look at the registration. You have illegals, you have dead people, you have this. It’s really a bad situation.”