In another first for a US president, Donald Trump admitted that the United States government is not as innocent as his interviewer, like any other mainstream medium, would like him to believe.
“We’ve got a lot of killers.” – US Pres. Donald Trump
‘You think our country is so innocent?’ – Trump asks after O’Reilly calls Putin ‘a killer’
The US is not as innocent as it may seem, according to President Donald Trump. When Fox News host Bill O’Reilly called Vladimir Putin “a killer,” Trump responded: “We’ve got a lot of killers.”
In an interview to be aired ahead of the Super Bowl later on Sunday, Bill O’Reilly asked if Trump respects Russian President Vladimir Putin, to which the he replied, “I do respect him. Well, I respect a lot of people, but that doesn’t mean I’ll get along with them.”
Seemingly surprised, O’Reilly goes on to ask him why.
“He is the leader of his country. I say it’s better to get along with Russia than not, and if Russia helps us in the fight against ISIS – which is a major fight – and the Islamic terrorism all over the world, that’s a good thing,” Trump answered.
“Will I get along with him? I have no idea.”
O’Reilly then challenged Trump, calling the Russian president “a killer.”
Trump shrugged the comment off, saying: “There are a lot of killers. We’ve got a lot of killers. What, do you think our country is so innocent?”
It is not the first time that Trump has made such comments when journalists question his stance regarding the Russian leader.
At the end of 2015, the host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe told Trump that Putin “kills journalists,” to which the unfazed then-presidential candidate replied, “I think that our country does plenty of killing, too, Joe.”
“I’ve always felt fine about Putin. He’s a strong leader. He’s a powerful leader,” Trump added.
At the end of January, Putin and Trump held their first official phone call, which, according to the Kremlin, was “good and constructive.”
“Over the past years, the lack of mutual respect became the main reason for the deterioration of relations,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov added.
Another important thing is that Washington is prepared for dialogue, the spokesman concluded.
“This is what President Putin called for rather consistently but where unfortunately he did not see reciprocity over the past years,” Peskov said.
Earlier in January, however, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov emphasized that the first meeting between Putin and Trump may “happen in months to come,” not “in a matter of weeks.”
Peskov also said, “it is maybe the biggest mistake on the part of Western analysts to think that Trump is ‘our man.’ He is an American man.”
Former Deputy Speaker of the Belgian Parliament Lode Vanoost told RT that it is way too early to be overly optimistic about Trump.
“To me, he remains as unpredictable and unreliable as he was before. We didn’t see the full interview yet, and the follow-up questions that came after this very astonishing remark. Basically, what Trump is doing is he is applying the same moral principles to the US as he applies to other countries. That is indeed without precedent in US political culture.”
Also, he expressed concern over forces that could interfere with Trump’s mending ties with Russia.
“If he remains on the path of improving relations with Russia, it could be quite dangerous: my fear is that all conservative governments in the EU, NATO, will create provocations to force him back into line.”
Here’s a short compilation of the US CIA assassinations since 1945.
Countries where the US has assassinated or attempted to assassinate a movement leader
The US has made more than 50 attempts to assassinate political party leaders according to William Blum in his 2003 book [[Killing Hope|”Killing Hope: U.S. Military and C.I.A. Interventions since World War II”. Noam Chomsky called this book “Far and away the best book on the topic”. Former CIA officer John Stockwell called the same book “The single most useful summary of CIA history.”
All such operations are illegal and almost all such killings are aimed at geopolitical objectives. In almost no cases can any clear humanitarian benefit be identified, even if the target is/was indeed tyrannical.
While bombings with aircraft leave evidence in many cases, covert operations may be difficult to prove.
Date Country Details Disputed? 2011 Pakistan Osama Bin Laden. Killing of a captured man. No 2003 Iraq Saddam Hussein and his two sons. Two killings and a semi-judicial execution. Maybe 2002 Afghanistan Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, Islamic leader and warlord Maybe 1993 Somalia Mohamed Farah Aideed, prominent clan leader. Failed attempt but he died later. Maybe 1991 Iraq Saddam Hussein, leader. Attempt to kill him? Maybe 1985 Lebanon Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, Shiite leader (80 people killed in the attempt) Maybe 1984 Nicaragua The nine comandantes of the Sandinista National Directorate Maybe 1983 Nicaragua Miguel d’Escoto, Foreign Minister Maybe 1983 Morocco Gen. Ahmed Dlimi, Army commander Maybe 1982 Iran Ayatollah Khomeini, leader Maybe 1980-
Libya Muammar Qaddafi, leader, several plots and attempts upon his life Maybe 1976 Jamaica Michael Manley, Prime Minister Maybe 1976 Chile exiled Chilean Foreign Minister Orlando Letelier is blown up in Washington DC, part of Operation Condor with at least tacit US support ? 1975 Zaire Mobutu Sese Seko, President. Maybe 1972 Panama General Manuel Noriega, Chief of Intelligence. Captured alive and been imprisoned ever since. Maybe 1970s,
Panama General Omar Torrijos, leader Maybe 1970 Chile Gen. Rene Schneider, Commander-in-Chief of Army. Maybe 1970 Chile Salvador Allende, President unsuccesful US supported coup “Project FUBELT” No 1967 Bolivia Che Guevara, revolutionary leader. CIA-organized military operation ends in capture and execution by the Bolivian Army. Maybe 1965 –
France Charles de Gaulle, President Maybe 1965 Dominican Republic Francisco Caamaño, opposition leader Maybe 1965 Zaire President overthrown and replaced by Mobutu, see entry for 1961, deposing of Lumumba. No 1960s Cuba Raúl Castro, high official in government Maybe 1960s –
Cuba Fidel Castro, President, many attempts on his life including poisoned cigars. No 1963 South Vietnam Ngo Dinh Diem, President. Successful attempt to replace one puppet leader with another. Maybe 1963 Iraq The CIA supports the Ba’athists, including Saddam Hussein, in a coup in Iraq against the Qassim government. No  1961 Dominican Republic Gen. Rafael Trujillo, dictator since 1930 shot dead in 1961. Yes 1961 Zaire In June 1960, Patrice Lumumba became the Congo’s first prime minister after independence from Belgium. Calls for the nation’s economic liberation and is branded a communist. Eleven days later, the mineral rich Katanga province, owned by Belgium and prominent Eisenhower administration officials, seceedes. Lumumba dismissed in September at the instigation of the United States, and in Jan 1961 assassinated at the express request of Dwight Eisenhower. Several years of civil conflict and chaos end in the CIA backed deposing of President Joseph Kasavubu and the 1965 accession to power of the CIA linked Mobutu Sese Seko. Mobutu ruled and robbed the country for more than 30 years (a “kleptocracy”) while the Zairian people lived in abject poverty. No 1961 Haiti Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier, leader Maybe 1950s-
Costa Rica José Figueres, President, two attempts on his life Maybe 1960 Iraq Brig. Gen. Abdul Karim Kassem, leader Maybe 1959 Cambodia Norodom Sihanouk, leader. And again, 1963, 1969. Maybe 1957 Egypt Gamal Abdul Nasser, President Maybe 1955 India Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister Maybe 1951 Iran Mohammed Mossadegh, Prime Minister No 1951 North Korea Kim Il Sung, Premier Maybe 1950s (mid) Philippines Claro M. Recto, opposition leader Maybe 1950s, 1962 Indonesia Sukarno, President Maybe 1950s China Prime minister Chou En-lai, several attempts on his life Maybe 1950s Germany CIA/Neo-Nazi hit list of more than 200 political figures in West Germany to be “put out of the way” in the event of a Soviet invasion Maybe 1949 Korea Kim Koo, opposition leader No