Putin Bristles Under Tough Questioning From Fox News’ Chris Wallace
Russian president Vladimir Putin became agitated under tough questioning from Fox News’ Chris Wallace on Monday.
Wallace, host of “Fox News Sunday,” interviewed Putin shortly after the leader’s private meeting and subsequent public news conference with President Donald Trump.
Wallace covered multiple hard-hitting topics with Putin, including the indictment of 12 Russian agents for hacking Democratic servers during the 2016 election, whether or not he was aware of or ordered election meddling, and the troubling trend of his political opponents turning up dead.
Putin became clearly annoyed and even angry when Wallace pressed him on these issues and repeatedly insisted that the Fox News host let him finish his answers. At one point, Putin called the questioning “ridiculous.”
“Are you saying it’s okay because the facts that they took from the DNC — from John Podesta — it was their real emails, so it’s okay to hack, and spread this information out, and interfere with the election?” Wallace asked at one point about DNC hacking.
Putin fired back that the information taken from the DNC is true and that no “American court” has found proof of election hacking.
“I’m not trying to interrupt or — ” Wallace interjected.
“Well, let me finish. Just let me finish. Well, you try and interrupt, but I will finish,” Putin retorted.
Elsewhere during the interview, Wallace pressed Putin on the indictment of Russian agents and even tried to hand Putin a printout of the indictment. Putin refused to touch the piece of paper and became agitated with the line of questioning.
“I will get to it. Just have a little bit of patience. Then you will get a full answer to your question,” the president said, according to a Fox News transcript. “Interference with the domestic affairs of the United States — do you really believe that someone acting from the Russian territory could have influenced the United States and influenced the choice of millions of Americans?”
“This is utterly ridiculous,” he added.