President Trump, while refusing to accept the unanimous opinion of the entire US government “intelligence community” that Russia interfered in the US presidential elections by hacking computers, he kowtows to the CIA in keeping their JFK assassination records secret.
Now Putin uses JFK and MLK as an excuse for the murders of his own political rivals.
Putin says political rivals do 'not always' get killed, likens deaths to JFK, MLK assassinations
In an interview released Monday, Chris Wallace of Fox News Channel cited several specific cases of Russians opposed to Mr. Putin being killed — political opponent Boris Nemtsov, reporter Anna Politkovskaya and spy-defector Sergei Skripal — and asked “why is it that so many people who were political enemies of Vladimir Putin get attacked?”
Mr. Putin, a former KGB agent once stationed in a Soviet diplomatic post in East Germany, downplayed the question, noting that “all of us have plenty of political rivals. I’m pretty sure President Trump has plenty of political rivals.”
A surprised Mr. Wallace noted “but they don’t end up dead.”
At that point, the Russian strongman, who was born in 1952, said that his political opponents do “not always” get killed and then referred to events in the U.S. from his adolescence.
“Well, haven’t presidents been killed in the United States? Have you forgotten about — well, was Kennedy killed in Russia or in the United States? Or Mr. King?” presumably a reference to the Rev. Martin Luther King.
Putin Compares Murdering His Critics to JFK and MLK Assassinations
Toward the end of the interview, Wallace asked “Why is it that so many of the people who oppose Vladimir Putin end up dead, or close to it?” He pointed to former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, political opponent Boris Nemtsov, and investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya.
“Well, first of all, all of us have plenty of political rivals. I’m pretty sure President Trump has plenty of political rivals,” Putin answered.
Wallace shot back: “But they don’t end up dead.”
“Haven’t presidents been killed in the United States?” Putin said. “Have you forgotten about — well, has [President John F.] Kennedy been killed in Russia or in the United States? Or [Dr. Martin Luther] King? What — and what happens to the clashes between police and, well, civil society, and some – several ethnic groups? Well, that’s something that happens on the U.S. soil. All of us have our own set of domestic problems.”