Fox News host Chris Wallace confronted Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday night about many of his political enemies “end[ing] up dead or close to it.”
Wallace sat down with Putin following his meeting and press conference with President Donald Trump to discuss various issues, ranging from his discussions with the U.S. president to many of his political adversaries being killed or severely attacked.
“You say nothing happened to you, but I need to ask you domestically, not internationally, domestically inside Russia, why is it that so many of the people that oppose Vladimir Putin end up dead or close to it?” Wallace asked. “Former Russian spy and double-agent Sergei Skripal, the victim of a nerve agent attack in England. Boris Nemtsov, a political opponent, gunned down near the Kremlin. Investigative reporter Anna Politkovskaya, murdered in an apartment building. Why is it that so many people who were political enemies of Vladimir Putin are attacked?”
Take a look at his answer:
He was referring to the recent nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in the United Kingdom and the fatal 2015 shooting of Putin’s political opponent Boris Nemtsov, The Hill Reported.
“Well, first of all, all of us have plenty of political rivals. I’m pretty sure President Trump has plenty of political rivals,” Putin told the Fox News host.
“But they don’t end up dead,” Wallace responded.
Putin pointed out that U.S. presidents and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. have been assassinated on American soil.
“All of us have our own set of domestic problems,” Putin said.
Two more British citizens were poisoned earlier this month using Novichok — a Soviet-era nerve agent that the British government says is linked to Russia’s spy agencies.
Putin effectively deflected Wallace’s question and continued on without answering, completely. Instead, he brought up famous assassination within the United States. Wow.