Megyn Kelly said she immediately spotted Vladimir Putin’s attempts to “obviously manipulate” her when the TV journalist interviewed the Russian president four years ago.
Kelly made the remarks on Wednesday during a Episode of their SiriusXM podcast“The Megyn Kelly Show” which guest-starred Russian chess champion and anti-Putin activist Garry Kasparov.
Kasparov, who was forced into exile after running against Putin in the presidential election, told Kelly that Putin “managed to charm his Western peers.”
“He used his KGB knowledge, I think the tricks were pretty primitive, but it worked,” said Kasparov, who has called for a strong Western military response against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.
Kasparov then recalled a conversation Putin had with then-President George W. Bush, in which the Russian leader attempted to discuss his religious credibility with the born-again Christian.
“The story that Putin told him, I think invented, that he was baptized in the Soviet Union and wore the cross given by his mother,” Kasparov said.
“Bush, a devoted Christian – he bought the story. It created a bond and we should give Putin credit, you know, he knew how to deal with people.”
Kelly then recalled how Putin did the same to her.
“Even when I was interviewing Putin and I was spending quite a bit of time with him, in three separate sessions… One of the first things he said to me, and he knew I was the mother of three, was how much his mother did means to him,” said the former TV news star.
Kelly said Putin highlighted the “close relationship he had with her”.
“It was obvious manipulation,” she said.
In 2018, Kelly traveled to Moscow to speak with Putin as part of a primetime special on NBC that hired the former Fox News star.
At the time, Donald Trump was President, and Democrats and their supporters were still furious over Putin’s alleged efforts to bring down Hillary Clinton’s candidacy during the 2016 presidential election.
Kelly has grilled Putin over claims by US intelligence officials that the Russian government ran a cyber campaign to meddle in the presidential election – a claim the Kremlin has denied.
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