After hosting a Q and A at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum with Russian President Vladimir Putin alongside Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Moldovan President Igor Dodon and Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern, Megyn Kelly sat down with Vladimir Putin for an interview which was aired on NBC.
During the interview, Kelly got in all of her standard US mainstream media talking points. Putin, as he did during the Q and A, calmly picked apart the entire narrative.
Most notably, Kelly tried to latch on to the notion that Donald Trump’s former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn had ‘connections with Russia’. In order to prove this, she referenced the photo below as ‘evidence’ of collusion between the Trump administration and the Russian Federation. The photo was taken in 2015, long before Trump’s election.
Putin responded by saying,
“You and I, you and I personally, have a much closer relationship than I had with Mr. Flynn.
You and I met yesterday evening. You and I have been working together all day today. And now we’re meeting again”.
Putin then explained how the meeting he randomly had with Flynn was far less significant,
“When I came to the event for our company, Russia Today [RT], and sat down at the table, next to me there was a gentleman sitting on one side. I made my speech. Then we talked about some other stuff. And I got up and left. And then afterwards I was told, ‘You know there was an American gentleman. He was involved in some things. He used to be in the security services,’ That’s it. I didn’t even really talk to him”.
He clinched the argument, stating,
“If Mr. Flynn and I had this kind of interaction, while you and I, we have spent an entire day together, and Mr. Flynn was fired from his job, you then should be arrested and put in jail”.
Putin also slammed Kelly for her tired remarks on continued allegations of ‘Russian interference’ in the US election by Donald Trump’s opponents.
“This isn’t for us to get into, these are your domestic political squabbles. So you deal with them. Nothing to talk about… I just find it amazing how you created a sensation where there wasn’t anything at all. And proceeded to turn that sensation into a tool for fighting the sitting president. You know, you’re just very resourceful people there, well done, probably your lives there are boring”.
Putin also refuted the rather ludicrous claim that he is personally orchestrated the entire non-existent conspiracy, saying,
“The ambassador’s boss is the foreign minister. Do you think I have the time to talk to our ambassadors all over the world every day? This is nonsense”.
So much for this ‘relationship’ then.