Steven Seagal says anyone who thinks Russia fixed election is ‘stupid’

Steven Seagal, who was granted Russian citizenship by President Vladimir Putin, says anyone who believes Moscow fixed the United States' 2016 presidential election is “stupid.”

“For anyone to think that Vladimir Putin had anything to do with fixing the elections, or even that the Russians had that kind of technology, is stupid,” Seagal said Wednesday on “Good Morning Britain.”

“Let’s be really honest — every country is involved in espionage. Every single country,” the star of “Under Siege” said. “The Americans spy, the British spy, the Russians spy. We all spy on each other, let’s be honest.”


Special counsel Robert Mueller is currently the Justice Department's investigation into Russia’s meddling in the presidential election and any potential ties between President Trump’s campaign staff and the Kremlin.

The Michigan-born martial artist became a Russian citizen last year following a presidential decree from Putin. Seagal has spoken glowingly of the Russian president, calling him “one of the greatest world leaders.”

“We have a situation here where really all of this is happening, in my opinion, from astronomical propaganda,” Seagal, speaking from Moscow, told hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid. “And this kind of propaganda is really a diversion, creating a diversion so that the people in the United States of America won’t really see what’s happening.”

“I think most of the people in the United States of America and most of the people in Russia want to like each other,” Seagal added. “We need each other. Russia and America should be great allies, and that’s the way it should be.”

In the interview, Seagal also blasted NFL players who kneel during the national anthem. The movement was started last year by then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in protest against police brutality and racial injustice.

“I believe in free speech. I believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinion,” Seagal said. “But I don’t agree that [NFL players] 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.”

“I think it’s outrageous. I think it’s a joke. It’s disgusting,” the 65-year-old actor added.

Trump has called on players who take a knee during the anthem to be fired, tweeting this week that the NFL should “set a rule” to ban the practice.

“I respect the American flag,” Seagal said. “I myself have risked my life countless times for the American flag, and I don’t understand or agree with this kind of behavior.”