– Jonah Goldberg, “According to Trump, the U.S. is no better than Russia,” The Los Angeles Times online, Feb. 6, 2017
RUSSIA: “Once again, President Trump has come to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s defense by throwing America under the bus. In a pre-taped interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, aired on Super Bowl Sunday, Trump was asked to explain his respect for Putin.
‘He is the leader of his country,’ Trump said, adding the usual boilerplate about wanting to have good relations and help fighting Islamic State.
O’Reilly interjected, ‘Putin’s a killer.’ And a vexed Trump replied, ‘There are a lot of killers. We’ve got a lot of killers. What, do you think our country is so innocent?’ “