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FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2015 file photo, Bill O'Reilly of the Fox News Channel program "The O'Reilly Factor," poses for photos in New York. O'Reilly responded on his show Tuesday, July 26, 2016, to first lady Michelle Obama's remarks during her speech at the Democratic National Convention Monday that she wakes up "every morning in a house that was built by slaves." O'Reilly said the slaves who helped build the White House "were well-fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government." (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Bill O'Reilly called Vladimir Putin a 'killer.' Russia demanded an apology.


In a Fox News interview that aired before the Super Bowl, Bill O'Reilly asked President Trump if he "respected" Russian President Vladimir Putin. When Trump said he did, O'Reilly responded, "Putin's a killer."

That was enough to prompt Russia to ask for an apology on Monday, USA Today reports

Trump's response was controversial in its own right as he said, "We've got a lot of killers. You think our country's so innocent?"

WATCH | Here's a clip of the interview. 

We would prefer to hear apologies addressed to the president from such a respectable television network.
Dmitry Peskov, Putin spokesman

Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters the statement was "insulting and impermissible."

Trump's relationship with Putin has drawn questions and criticism from both parties. Trump got a letter from Putin in December, which he released to the public, saying, "His thoughts are so correct."

A day after former President Obama hit Russia with sanctions for its interference in the 2016 elections, Trump tweeted out praise for Putin, calling him "very smart!"

Putin, for his part has accused the Obama administration of trying to undermine Trump

Here's the "very smart" tweet.

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A Ukrainian serviceman patrols at the humanitarian aid center in Avdiivka, Ukraine, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. Fighting in eastern Ukraine sharply escalated this week. Ukraine's military said several soldiers were killed over the past day in shelling in eastern Ukraine, where fighting has escalated over the past week. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

But there are still tensions between the two superpowers. Vice President Pence said Trump was "troubled" by Russia's military activity in Ukraine, where Russian-backed forces and Ukrainian forces have clashed recently. 

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