"Our country's so innocent?" Trump defends "killer" Putin

DONALD Trump has no problem with Russian President Vladimir Putin being a 'killer': "There are a lot of killers ... What do you think? Our country's so innocent?"

Fox News' O'Reilly Factor show has recorded an interview with President Trump to be aired shortly before the Superbowl tomorrow.

But today, it has been releasing 'teasers' as to what he will be saying.

In one snippet being promoted by Fox News, the President appears to attempt to excuse President Putin's ruthless reputation for disposing of dissenting voices.

O'Reilly: Do you respect Putin?
Trump: I do respect him, but ...
O'Reilly: Do you? Why?
Trump: Well I respect a lot of people but that doesn't mean I'm going to get along with him. He's a leader of his country. I say it's better to get along with Russia than not. And if Russia helps us in the fight against ISIS, which is a major fight, and Islamic terrorism all over the world - that's a good thing. Will I get along with him? I have no idea.
O'Reilly: But he's a killer though. Putin's a killer.
Trump: There are a lot of killers. We've got a lot of killers. What do you think? Our country's so innocent?

Trump's comment comes after news broke that a major critic of President Putin has been hospitalised with 'multiple organ failure'. Vladimir Kara-Murza had previously claimed to be poisoned in 2015.

"None of the medical staff can explain the reason for his current condition. Both last time and once again now," his lawyer said in a statement.

Kara-Murza is an anti-Putin activist calling for free and open elections.

It follows the high-profile killing of defecting sply Alexander Litvinenko who died from radiation poisoning in London in 2006.

The Fox News previews also have President Trump repeating his assertion that the US elections were distorted by voter fraud: "Let me just tell you - when you see illegals - people that are not citizens and they are on the registration rolls. Look Bill, we can be babies, but you take a look at the registration, you have illegals, you have dead people, you have this, it's really a bad situation, it's really bad."

President Trump is yet to present any evidence of any widespread fraud, however, and his own lawyers argued against the claims when Democrats called for recounts in some counties.

TRUMP PREDICTS EXECUTIVE ORDER RESTORED

President Donald Trump is predicting his administration will win an appeal of a judge's ruling temporarily halting his refugee and immigration ban.

However, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today denied his government's request for an emergency order overturning the judge's ruling.

The Justice Department filed a notice of appeal this morning as it took a step toward asking the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals to lift the judge's stay.

However, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied the Trump government's request for an emergency order overturning the judge's ruling and set a schedule for the two sides to file arguments.

Asked about the appeal effort, Trump told reporters: "We'll win. For the safety of the country, we'll win."

Trump is staying at his private club in Florida, Mar-a-Lago, for the weekend and attending the annual gala of the American Red Cross at the club's ballroom.

About 3000 demonstrators have marched near President Donald Trump's Florida estate to protest his now-blocked executive order temporarily limiting immigration.

The protest began with a rally outside Trump Plaza, twin 30-story waterfront condo buildings in West Palm Beach.

The march headed two miles to Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, where the International Red Cross is holding a fundraiser.

Protesters shouted anti-Trump slogans and set up a flag-draped coffin that they said represented the death of democracy.

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