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Megyn Kelly explains how Vladimir Putin manipulated her

Megyn Kelly said she immediately detected Vladimir Putin’s “obvious manipulation” attempts against her when the TV journalist interviewed the Russian president four years ago.

Kelly made the remarks Wednesday during an episode of his SiriusXM podcast, “The Megyn Kelly Show,” which featured Russian chess champion and anti-Putin activist Garry Kasparov as a guest.

Kasparov, who was forced into exile after running against Putin in the presidential election, told Kelly that Putin “succeeded in charming his Western counterparts”.

“He used his KGB knowledge, I think the tricks were quite primitive but it worked,” said Kasparov, who called for a strong Western military response against Russia following its invasion of Ukraine.

Kasparov then recalled a conversation Putin had with then-President George W. Bush, in which the Russian leader tried to discuss his religious good faith with the born-again Christian.

“The story that Putin told him, I believe is made up, about his baptism in the Soviet Union and the carrying of the cross given by the mother,” Kasparov said.

Kelly traveled to Russia four years ago to question Putin over US allegations that he interfered in the 2016 presidential election.
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“Bush, a devoted Christian – he bought the story. It created a bond and we should give Putin credit, you know, he knew how to work with people.

Kelly then recalled how Putin did the same to her.

“Even when I interviewed Putin and spent quite a bit of time with him, in three separate interviews… One of the first things he said to me, and he knew I was mother of three, that was how much his mother meant to him,” the former newscast star said.

Kelly said Putin emphasized the “close relationship he had with her”.

“It was an obvious manipulation,” she said.

In 2018, Kelly traveled to Moscow to speak to Putin as part of a prime-time special on NBC, which hired the former Fox News star.

Megyn Kelly explains how Vladimir Putin manipulated her
Kelly recalled Putin talking to her about his closeness to her mother, which she said was “obvious manipulation.”
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At the time, Donald Trump was president and Democrats and their supporters were still angry at Putin’s alleged efforts to defeat Hillary Clinton’s candidacy in the 2016 presidential election.

Kelly grilled Putin over claims by US intelligence officials that the Russian government ran a cyber campaign to interfere in the presidential election – an allegation the Kremlin has denied.

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