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Putin Mocks Russia Meddling: Created ‘Out of Nothing,’ Used as ‘Weapon of War’ Against Trump

In the premiere of Megyn Kelly‘s new show, Russian President Vladimir Putin had a highly-contentious exchange with the NBC host over her questions regarding Russia’s election meddling and their links to President Trump.

Kelly kicked things off by reiterating that intelligence consensus is that Putin ordered a campaign to interfere with the election. Putin responded that the intelligence community have been “misled,” and that hackers have been trying to cover their tracks by implicating the Russians. Putin also argued that the United States has done plenty of work interfering with the elections of other countries.

When Kelly moved on to talk about Sergey Kislyak‘s proposals and interactions with people in Trump’s orbit, Putin shot back that all the recent reports about the Russian ambassador were “complete nonsense.” As Kelly pressed further, Putin berated her and the media over the coverage about Jared Kushner discussing a White House backchannel with Russia:

“If it had been important, the minister would have reported it to me. There wasn’t anything to talk about. There wasn’t a discussion about sanctions or anything else. For me, this is just amazing. You create a sensation out of nothing, and out of this sensation, you turn it into a weapon of war against the current president. Well, this is, you know, you’re just, you people are so creative over there. Good job. Your lives must be boring.”

Putin went on to refute the notions that he has damaging information about President Trump, or that the two leaders share any kind of “special relationship” with each other.

Watch above, via NBC.

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