In an interview with Megyn Kelly, Vladimir Putin one again denied an interference in the 2016 presidential election and hinted to a conspiracy theory that it was really the work of the US intelligence community.
“There’s a theory that Kennedy’s assassination was arranged by the United States intelligence services,” Putin said. “So if this theory is correct and that can’t be ruled out, then what could be easier, in this day and age, than using all the technical means at the disposal of the intelligence services, and using those means to organize some attacks, and then pointing the finger at Russia.”
In further denying Russia’s role influencing the 2016 election, Putin said he “doesn’t care” who the president is.
“Presidents come and go, and even the parties in power change, but the main political direction does not change … That’s why, in the grand scheme of things, we don’t care who’s the head of the United States,” Putin said. “We know more or less what is going to happen.”
Kelly pushed Putin on whether he has any dossier or embarrassing dirt on President Trump that could be used to blackmail the new president.
“This is just another load of nonsense,” Putin said. “Where would we get this information from? Why, did we have some special relationship with him? We didn’t have any relationship at all. There was a time when he used to come to Moscow. But you know, I never met with him. We have a lot of Americans who visit us.”
Putin said he didn’t have knowledge of meetings between Trump campaign officials and the Russian ambassador.
He said “no proposal” ever came to him from son-in-law Jared Kushner for secret back-channel communication.
He accused the US media of sensationalizing information and using it as a “weapon of war” against Trump.
“You people are so creative over there, good job,” Putin told Kelly. “Your lives must be boring.”