Political commentator Charles Krauthammer got into it with Fox News host Bill O'Reilly Monday night during a discussion about Russia.
O'Reilly asked Krauthammer to weigh in on his interview with President Donald Trump that aired Sunday. During that interview, Trump had this to say about Russian President Vladimir Putin when O'Reilly called him a killer:
"There are a lot of killers. You think our country is so innocent?"
Krauthammer told "The O'Reilly Factor" on Monday night it is a known fact Putin, a former officer in the KGB, is a killer.
"As you know, the man is a killer," said Krauthammer, who then gave an example of an alleged KGB assassination two years ago. "Not only is he a killer, he is a shameless killer."
O'Reilly said he took Trump's answer as is, which was the U.S. "has done bad things too" in the past.
"Not that it was a moral equivalency between the United States and Russia about actions, but that we don't have a right to form a judgment," O'Reilly said. "It's the same philosophy that Franklin Roosevelt used when he dealt with Stalin. What Trump wants to do is enlist Putin's help to defeat ISIS and to get away from Iran, to weaken Iran."
Krauthammer then jumped on O'Reilly, arguing he provided two different answers.
"One was a moral answer, we don't have the right, presumably because of our own sins, to criticize him," Krauthammer said. "The other answer was a pragmatic one."
"But that's his motivation," O'Reilly countered. "That's why he doesn't say what I just said, that Putin's a killer, because he wants Putin's help to beat ISIS and Iran."
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