Putin responded that the intelligence community have been "misled," and that hackers have been trying to cover their tracks by implicating the Russians. "There can even be hackers, by the way, in the United States, who very skillfully and professionally shifted the blame onto Russian Federation".
"Can you imagine something like that?"
Vladimir Putin has had what's being described by NBC as "a fascinating conversation" with the network's new host, Megyn Kelly, in which they discussed "a range of subjects, from sanctions to Syria", as well as Moscow's alleged meddling in U.S. politics.
In a move right out of Kellyanne Conway's book, he then deflected by conflating those accusations with the conspiracy theory that the USA government was involved in President John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963. He also attacked Kelly and the press for raising those questions. "You created a sensation out of nothing", he said. "Good job, your lives must be boring", he said.
Trump conceded in January that Russian Federation has waged cyberattacks but insisted they had no effect on the election outcome.
Thumbing his nose at the accusations from the left, Putin says that he spent more time with Kelly on the expose than he did on the figures in the Trump administration. Warner said he meant to use that time to ask Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers about reports that Trump had urged them to say publicly there was no collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign.
'I'm arguing for the United States and I found myself with people wondering what's going on with the US and I would tell them, you know, of course I'm standing up for the US But it's hard when they don't have any respect for the current leadership'.
"Have you all lost your senses over there?"
Putin also said he had only a brief and passing acquaintance with former USA national security adviser Michael Flynn, though the two sat next to each other at a dinner in Moscow in 2015.
'I made my speech.
He also alleged that the United States actively interferes with electoral campaigns of other countries. He was involved in some things. "He used to be in the security services, '" Putin told Megyn Kelly, in a snippet of an interview that aired Sunday on "Meet the Press."
"Hackers can be anywhere", Putin told Kelly. "That's the extent of my acquaintance with Mr Flynn".
The interview was tense at times, with Putin calling Kelly's questions a "load of nonsense".
Putin, in the interview with journalist Megyn Kelly in St. Petersburg, said: "I don't know about this proposal".
Without a detailed - and highly untelegenic - discussion on details linking the hacking to Russian cyberespionage teams, it was tough for Kelly to challenge Putin's assertions that Russian involvement could be faked.
"It reminds me of anti-Semitism", he said, per the Associated Press.