Status: 30.09.2023, 04:45 a.m.
By: Daniel Dillmann
Who has whom in their hands? Ex-US President Donald Trump and Russia's head of state Vladimir Putin. (archive image) © Mikhail Klimentyev
Ex-TV star Bill O'Reilly is certain: Trump controls Putin. There is no need to be afraid of Russia in the United States for another reason.
Washington DC – When two former Fox News anchors come together, they naturally talk about Donald Trump. This happened in parallel with the second TV debate of the Republicans, in which the former president did not participate. Trump was in Detroit, where he visited striking automakers. At the same time, Tucker Carlson and Bill O'Reilly met on Twitter (more recently X).
Both men can look back on a career as opinionated agitators at Fox News. But for both of them it was suddenly over. Bill O'Reilly was forced to leave in 2017 after it was revealed that Fox News had paid $13 million in hush money to five women who accused the host of sexual harassment. Tucker Carlson had to vacate his office at Fox News in 2023. The reasons for his departure are still not clear. His show, "Tucker Carlson Tonight," was the most successful show of its format in the United States at the time of his expulsion.
Donald Trump "just makes one deal at a time"
So now the two fallen stars of the conservative US media came together in Tucker Carlson's new show on X and talked about their favorite topic: Donald Trump. "He was a very effective president," O'Reilly said. "He's a populist, not a conservative. He's just making one deal at a time."
After the conventional praise of Trump and his business acumen, the couple came to talk about Vladimir Putin and his relations with the former president of the United States. During his term of office, countless rumours boiled up. Putin controlled Trump by means of a video recording that was supposed to show the ex-president in compromising scenes with prostitutes in Moscow. But according to O'Reilly, it's the other way around.
Bill O'Reilly is sure: Donald Trump controls Vladimir Putin
"He doesn't want to tell me what he knows about Putin," O'Reilly said. "But I know he's got something." Thanks to this ominous information, Trump is able to control Putin, and that is why Putin only started the Ukraine war when Trump was no longer US president. Tucker Carlson liked this interpretation much better than the rumors at the time that his idol in the White House had been filmed having paid sex in Moscow hotels.
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Regardless, both moderators agreed anyway that neither Russia nor Putin would pose a threat to the United States. O'Reilly, who is on a major press tour to promote a new book, has already expressed this opinion on the ultra-right TV channel Newsmax. Russia's threat of nuclear weapons is nothing more than "sabre-rattling", the US is clearly superior to the hereditary enemy. "The weapons of the United States are far better than anything Putin has. If we wanted to, we could wipe him and his government off the face of the earth in less than a day. We have these weapons in space and they are aimed directly at Vladimir." (Daniel Dillmann)