Vladimir Putin was asked by a CNBC-moderated panel on Thursday whether any evidence will ever be found that Russia interfered with the U.S. election.
His response might sound familiar:
‘Read my lips: No!’
For political history buffs, that may be reminiscent of a famous speech George H.W. Bush used in 1988 to help him win the U.S. election. He was talking about not raising taxes, a key part of his platform.
Here’s a clip from that speech:
Putin amused the crowd with his version:
The Russian president, of course, wasn’t referring to taxes. He was talking about what he described as “lies” used as weapons in American politics.
“All those things are fictional, illusory and provocations, lies. All these are used for domestic American political agendas,” Putin said through an interpreter. “The anti-Russian card is played by different political forces inside the U.S. to trade on that and consolidate their positions inside.”