Vladimir Putin chillingly laughs off 'career politician' Biden's claim he's a 'killer' and praises 'extraordinary' Trump

VLADIMIR PUTIN grinned and snickered when a journalist asked him point-blank to defend against accusations that he’s a “killer” during an interview at the Kremlin.

The Russian seemed to regale when NBC's Keir Simmons bluntly asked if he had a hand in assassinating some of his political rivals and critics. 

"Over my tenure, I've gotten used to attacks from all kinds of angles and from all kinds of areas under all kinds of pretext and reasons and of different caliber and fierceness, and none of it surprises me," Putin said, according to a snippet from the 90-minute NBC News interview.

Putin went on to muse that his killer rep is overhyped fiction influenced by Tinsel Town-type storytellers. 

“So as far as harsh rhetoric I think this is an overall expression of US culture. 

“Of course in Hollywood, there are some underlying deep things in Hollywood – macho, which can be treated as cinematic art. But that's part of US political culture, it's considered normal. 

“By the way, not here, it is not considered normal here."

The Russian leader then appeared to praise former President Donald Trump. 

“Well even now, I believe that former US President Mr. Trump is an extraordinary individual, talented individual, otherwise he would not have become US president. 

“He is a colorful individual. You may like him or not."

He admired the outsider in Trump who came into the job as a real estate tycoon.  

“But he didn't come from the U.S. establishment," Putin said. "He had not been part of big-time politics before, and some like it, some don't like it but that is a fact.”

Putin had sidestepped the question after being read aloud some of the names that he's accused of having a hand in eliminating.

What's more, he was informed that he'd been called a killer by not only President Biden but also the late Sen. John McCain and that former President Donald Trump hadn’t denounced the killer label while in office.

Simmons pursued Putin for a straight response.

“I don't think I heard you answer the question, a direct question, Mr President,” he said.

Putin retorted:  “I did answer, I did answer. 

“I'll add if you let me.

"I've heard dozens of such accusations, especially a period of some great events during our counter-terrorism events in northern caucuses. 

“When that happens, I'm always guided by the interests of the Russian people. The Russian state. 

“In [sic] terms of who calls somebody who, in terms of labels, this is not something I worry about in the least.”

Simmons even listed some of the names of deceased whose deaths have been tied the ex-KGB member. 

Putin turned a steely gaze.

“Look, you know, I don't want to come across as being rude, but this looks like some kind of indigestion except that it's verbal indigestion. 

“You've mentioned many individuals who indeed suffered and perished at different points in time for various reasons, at the hands of different individuals.”

He spoke forlornly about former Russian press minister Mikhail Lesin who in 2015 reportedly died of blunt force trauma to the head.

 “I regret to this day he is not with us – we found some of the other criminals who committed these crimes. 

“They are in prison.” 

While Putin appeared impressed by Trump, he was much less inspired when he described President Biden.  

“[Biden] is radically different from Trump because President Biden is a career man,” Putin said. 

“He has spent virtually his entire adulthood in politics.”

The statements come days away before Putin is set to meet with President Joe Biden at Villa La Grange along Lake Geneva on June 16.

He did leave room for a chance of a detente between the two superpowers.

“…it is my great hope that, yes, there are some advantages, some disadvantages, but there will not be any impulse-based movements on behalf of the sitting U.S. president.”

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