The Bill O’Reilly-Vladimir Putin showdown just escalated

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); Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during a meeting in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. The Kremlin is indignant over the comments of a Fox News journalist who called Russian President Vladimir Putin a "killer" in an interview with President Donald Trump. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

In a recent interview with President Donald Trump, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly called Russian President Vladimir Putin a “killer.” To this, Trump replied, “There are a lot of killers. We got a lot of killers, what, you think our country is so innocent?”

On Monday, the Kremlin expressed distaste for O’Reilly’s classification of Putin via a conference call.

“We consider such words from the Fox TV company to be unacceptable and insulting, and honestly speaking, we would prefer to get an apology from such a respected TV company,” said Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, asking for an apology.

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O’Reilly isn’t the only right of center figure who has spoken negatively of Putin. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called Putin “a thug.”

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) also grilled Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during his confirmation hearing, presenting reasons for why he thought Putin was a war criminal.

(H/T: The Hill)

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