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Steven Seagal slams NFL protests, shuts down Russia investigation reports in live Moscow interview
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Steven Seagal slams NFL protests, shuts down Russia investigation reports in live Moscow interview

Action star Steven Seagal appeared on "Good Morning Britain" Wednesday where he addressed the "disgusting" NFL player protests and took a swipe at reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin had anything to do with the 2016 presidential election.

Seagal, who became a Russian citizen in 2016, spoke from Moscow in front of what appeared to be a backdrop of the Kremlin.

What did he say about NFL protests?

Speaking with hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid, Seagal decried NFL athletes participating in the "take a knee" protests.

"I believe in free speech. I believe that everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, but I don’t agree that they should hold the United States of America or the world hostage by taking a venue where people are tuning in to watch a football game and ... imposing their political views," he said.

"I think it’s outrageous," he added. "I think it’s a joke, it’s disgusting. I respect the American flag. I myself have risked my life countless times for the American flag, and I don’t understand or agree with this kind of behavior. I think it’s an outrage."

What did he say about the Russia investigation?

Seagal attempted to knock down reports that Putin — whom Seagal once called a "brilliant tactician" and a "great world leader" — had anything to do with "fixing" the election.

"For anyone to think that Vladimir Putin had anything to do with fixing the elections, or even that the Russians have that kind of technology, is stupid," Seagal said, adding that this type of "astronomical propaganda" is nothing more than a "diversion."

"Russia and America should be great allies, and that's the way it should be," he said.

What did he say about President Donald Trump?

Seagal also addressed Trump and his reception by the media and some of the American public.

"I think that we have a really unfortunate situation in the sense that even though he was democratically elected," Seagal explained, "there are so many people out there that don’t think that’s the case."

"We have a ton of enemies within," he added, noting that he sympathized with the president for having to deal with those same "enemies within" on a daily basis.

"We have these Democrats that have this whole other agenda to kind of — when I say Democrats it’s not just the Democrats — but there are this whole group of leftover 'Obama-ites' and people that feel they should ... overthrow Trump," Seagal said. "And any decisions he makes, anything that he tries to do, he gets blocked so often from the ... enemies within, so it’s very difficult for him to do anything."

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