Trump Talks "Smooth" Immigration Policy, "Respect" for Putin in Pre-Super Bowl Interview With Bill O'Reilly

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The president sat down with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly for an interview that aired Sunday during the Super Bowl pregame show.

In what has become a pre-Super Bowl tradition, the current president of the United States, Donald Trump, sat down for an interview before the big game. This year, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly sat down with the president to talk about Trump's recent claim of voter fraud during the election, his views on immigration, recent "travel ban" and thoughts on his relationship with Russian president Vladimir Putin.

O'Reilly has conducted presidential pregame interviews before, having sat down with Barack Obama in both 2011 and 2014. He met with Trump for the pretaped interview at the White House earlier this week.

O'Reilly opened the interview by asking Trump about the recent immigration sanctions that had provoked nationwide protests. "I think it was very smooth, you had 109 people out of hundreds of thousands [affected]," Trump said.

"You wouldn't do anything different?" O'Reilly asked.

"It was very smooth," Trump replied.

When asked about Putin, Trump responded that he "respects" the Russian president. "I say it’s better to get along with Russia than not,” said Trump. “If Russia helps us in the fight against ISIS, which is a major fight, and Islamic terrorism all over the world, that’s a good thing. Will I get along with him? I have no idea."

"He's a killer, though. Putin's a killer," retorted O'Reilly. 

“Lot of killers. What, you think our country’s so innocent?" Trump asked. "Take a look at what we’ve done, too."

O'Reilly also asked Trump about recent claims that California was considering becoming a "sanctuary state" for refugees and immigrants. "I think it’s ridiculous," said Trump. I’m very much opposed to sanctuary cities. If we have to, we’ll defund. It’s a weapon. I don’t want to defund anybody. If they’re going to have sanctuary cities we’ll have to do that."

The president was also insistent on voter fraud that he claims occurred in the recent election, and O'Reilly asked the president to respond to those who criticize him for not being able to back his claims with factual evidence.

"Many people have come out and said I’m right," said Trump.

Trump won the electoral college vote but lost the popular vote to opponent Hillary Clinton by more than 3 million votes. "Look, we can be babies, but if you take a look at the registration you have illegals, you have dead people, you have this," Trump told O'Reilly. "It’s really a bad situation. It's really bad."

Finally, O'Reilly asked Trump who he was rooting for in the big game. "I like [Patriots owner Robert] Kraft, I like Bill Belichick, and Tom Brady is my friend. They’re taking a lot of heat but they’re also getting a lot of popularity out of it."

The president then predicted the Patriots would win by eight points, after some prodding from O'Reilly to give a prediction."You have to stick up for your friends, right?" Trump said.

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