Former Fox News star, Megyn Kelly, moved on to NBC News aiming to climb higher on the ladder of news reporting. With an exclusive interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin slated to air on Sunday, it seems as if Kelly is on track. However, Kelly may have met her match in Putin.
At an economic forum being held in St. Petersburg, Kelly moderated world leaders including Putin. Though the panel was meant to discuss economic issues, she took the opportunity to question Putin on allegations of Russian collusion with the Trump administration, meddling in the 2016 presidential election, and attempting to sway election results.
Newsweek reported Kelly was able to ruffle Putin’s feathers.
‘Putin grew more animated than usual, voicing loud denials that Russia was part of such a ploy to influence the election.’
During her questioning, Putin actually tried to compare the focus of investigators on Russia to anti-Semitism and claimed Russia was being persecuted.
‘This reminds me of anti-Semitism. The Jews are to blame for everything. An idiot cannot do anything himself, so the Jews are to blame. But we know what such attitudes lead to. They end with nothing good.’
Kelly continued her line of questioning moving on to the fact that the Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak met with Trump campaign colleagues – including the now Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Those meetings were not disclosed during confirmation hearings for Sessions and now former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Putin tried to play it off by responding:
‘Should we not talk about improving tensions? What should an ambassador do? That is his job. That is why he gets paid. He should hold meetings, discussing current affairs.’
Sorry Putin. The problem is the meetings were never disclosed. Hence, it looks beyond suspicious. When Kelly moved on to the fact that intelligence agencies have accused the Russian press of attempting to influence the U.S. election by spreading misinformation, Putin had enough of it and suggested they stopped.
‘Let’s end this. You will feel better, and we will feel better.’
Though she moved on, Kelly returned back to focus on the allegations that Russia sought favor with the Trump campaign and now administration for the removal of sanctions against the country. Rather than answer the question, he asked the crowd if anyone had a “pill” to treat Kelly’s “hysteria.” The comment is reminiscent of President Trump’s remarks during the Republican primary debate when he suggested Kelly was menstruating, saying she had “blood coming out of her wherever.”
Kelly’s ability to get under Putin’s skin has to be admired, considering he’s known for his indomitable attitude. He’s an impregnable leader that makes us question if he even has a soul. However, the similarities between Putin and Trump are eerie. Putin deflected and brought up Kelly being hysterical over the allegations geared toward Russia. Putin joking that she needed a “pill” is something Trump would, and has, done before to Kelly and others. So, they have their obvious misogynistic attitudes in common. After such an exchange, it would not be surprising if Kelly was reported missing and found in the Ural River.
You can watch the exchange below.
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