Russian media has doubled down on its sexist attacks on CNBC anchor Hadley Gamble, claiming that her interview with Vladimir Putin was part of a US “special ops” mission.
Last week Mr. Putin turned anti-feminist Comment for Abu Dhabi-based journalist during an interview in Moscow, suggesting that she was “too beautiful” to understand the answer she was giving.
State media attacked Ms Gamble after she was interviewed for Russian Energy Week as part of a coordinated effort to support the Russian president.
The controversy took a bizarre turn over the weekend, when Kremlin-backed media pundits and commentators claimed Ms Gamble was part of a counter-intelligence mission designed to embarrass Putin.
It comes after revelations in a recent book by former White House communications director Stephanie Grisham that Mr Putin had chosen lucrative translators in meetings with Donald Trump to try to distract the president.
Ms Grisham wrote in her book I’ll take your questions now Fiona Hill, a former Russia adviser to the Trump administration, suspected that Mr Putin intentionally selected an attractive brunette woman for Mr Trump.
During the discussion on the weekend edition of the Russian state TV show Moscow.Kremlin.Putin., the panel of experts agreed that Ms. Gamble was part of an operation by the Americans.
Ms Gamble did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but did highlight the situation on Instagram.
On Sunday, she posted a picture of a cake that showed Mr Putin’s face next to the words “to beautiful”.
“My best friends,” she captioned the photo with a laughing emoji.
Ms. Gamble is the anchor of CNBC’s Capital Connection from Abu Dhabi where she regularly interviews world leaders and international CEOs.
according to him online profile, she anchors the network’s coverage from the World Economic Forum in Davos each year and was the first Western journalist to interview senior Saudi officials since the death of Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.
“Hadley is also a passionate advocate for women in the workplace and their advancement in the Arab world,” his profile states.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Vladimir Putin