Hillary Clinton couldn’t resist answering one final question shouted at her at a press conference on Friday.
Asked what she thought of Donald Trump giving an interview that aired on a Russian TV outlet, Clinton, who was about to exit the room, returned to the microphone and replied, “Every day that goes by this just becomes more and more of a reality television show.”
Clinton was referring to an interview that Trump gave on Larry King’s show “PoliticKING With Larry King” on Ora TV, an online platform. The show is also shown on RT America, a Russian-government backed TV outlet.
The Trump campaign says that it was unaware that the show would also be shown on the Russian channel. A spokeswoman for King’s show says that Trump was always booked for the Ora TV show, and that it is produced by Ora Media. RT America is one of several dozen companies that licenses the show, but neither King nor his producers are employed by them, she said.
Still, Clinton used the chance to chide Trump’s praise of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin at the Commander-in-Chief Forum on Tuesday.
“It is beyond anyone’s imagination to have a candidate for president praising a Russian autocrat like Vladimir Putin,” she said.
Update: King told CNN’s Erin Burnett on “Erin Burnett Outfront” that RT America has never tried to exert influence over his show and that, on most of their shows, “50 percent of the time Russia is criticized. Putin is annihilated. And they have never edited it. They have never edited it, so what’s the deal?”
He also said that the show that Trump did was not a podcast,
King said he told Trump, “You’ve got to do my TV show. And he said, I’m working on it, working on it. Finally it was out of my hands and my producers worked with Donald Trump’s people, whoever they are. And they finally settled on, OK, he can do it whenever that was, Wednesday morning, early in the morning.”