The US President Donald Trump has played down the Russian political assassinations and Russia-Ukraine tensions as he said the he respects Russian President Vladimir Putin.
A fresh political strop erupted as both Republicans and Democrats have urged him to maintain a distance from Putin.
Trump boasted the respect for Putin during an interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly whose excerpts were aired before the Sunday Super Bowl.
He countered Putin’s alleged links in the extrajudicial killing of journalists and dissidents and said that said, “we’ve got a lot of killers. You think our country’s so innocent? Take a look at what we’ve done too. We’ve made a lot of mistakes.”