A CNBC reporter accused by Russia’s state television of attempting to distract Vladimir Putin by flirting during a panel discussion has laughed off the drama, showing a cake with Putin’s face made for her by her friends.
Hadley Gamble was a moderator for a session on October 13 involving the Russian leader at an energy forum in Moscow.
Putin drew criticism for ‘sexism’ after referring to her in a session about the gas war as ‘beautiful’ and ‘pretty.’
Vladimir Solovyov, a Putin ‘propagandist,’ then used his Rossiya 1 news channel show to focus on previously unseen moments in which he claims Gamble attempts to ‘distract’ the Russian leader.
Gamble, 39, on Sunday shared a picture of a cake featuring a screen-print of Putin’s face and text reading: ‘Too beautiful!’
‘I have the best friends,’ Gamble captioned the photo.
The day after the interview with Putin, she posted a photo to her Instagram account holding up a Russian newspaper with a front-page article that appears to be about her legs and sex appeal.
‘My best angle,’ she captioned the photo, including a laughing emoji and #feminism.
A Russian state TV channel has launched an extraordinary attack on CNBC presenter Hadley Gamble for allegedly attempting to distract Vladimir Putin by ‘positioning herself as a sex object’
On Sunday, she shared a picture of a cake featuring a screen-print of Putin’s face. Gamble captioned the photo: ‘I have the best friends’
Gamble posted a photo to her Instagram account on Thursday making light of the situation. She captioned it: ‘My best angle’ and included a laughing emoji and #feminism.
She also posted a photo of the newspaper with a digitally drawn arrow pointing at her legs
The footage broadcast by Solovyov focuses mainly on her legs, with another presenter, Dmitry Kiselyov, claiming she used her ‘body language’ at ‘full steam.’
The leg footage was seen by state TV as an unsuccessful bid to throw the 69-year-old strongman off guard.
‘Naturally not everything was included in the TV broadcast, so this is what was seen by the audience, and by our crew,’ said the report on Solovyov’s show – which chronicles Putin’s week.
Kiselyov – known as Putin’s ‘mouthpiece’ and ‘propagandist-in-chief’ – told viewers: ‘To summarize, Hadley behaved daringly, openly positioning herself as a sex object, without any fear of being criticized by feminists.’
Both the Russian news outlet and Putin are facing criticism on social media for their commentary.
Daily Beast columnist Julia Davis jumped to Gamble’s defense when Kiselyov’s accusations made headlines.
‘The state media’s ridiculous assault on a U.S. journalist’s appearance was merely a smokescreen for what truly drew the ire of the pro-Kremlin media: it wasn’t Hadley Gamble’s dress or her legs, but her questions,’ Davis tweeted.
The columnist also alleged that the network’s response to Gamble’s outfit was hypocritical, citing another recent instance where they slammed American diplomat Victoria Nuland for wearing a pantsuit.
‘What’s especially comical is that the Russians are criticizing Victoria Nuland for ‘insulting Russia’ by not wearing a skirt or a dress, and Hadley Gamble for wearing one they didn’t like,’ she wrote.
Russian TV presenter Dmitry Kiselyov said Gamble ‘licked her lips, rolling out her tongue…’ during her interview with Putin
The leg footage was seen by state TV as an unsuccessful bid to throw the 69-year-old Vladimir Putin off guard
Russian media has attacked Gamble (left) for allegedly trying to distract Putin with her body
Hadley Gamble in a photo posted to her Instagram account during a trip to Turkey in July 2020
CNBC’s Middle East anchor Hadley Gamble at the new Middle East Headquarters Abu Dhabi Global Market
Body language expert Judi James’s verdict on Gamble
Body language expert Judi James argues that CNBC’s Hadley Gamble’s body language during the interview with President Vladimir Putin is ‘hilarious and pretty blatant’.
She says rather than picking one signal to attract attention, Gamble ‘seems to be using the whole repertoire, many of them at the same time’.
Here, she tells MailOnline a dozen of them:
1) The dipped head and raised eyes. This is both a coy and a bold statement, especially accompanied by the kind of eye-smile she is flashing at Putin.
2) The head tilt and one raised eyebrow. A non-verbal challenge that looks fun and flirty.
3) The eye-brow flash. A quick raise and drop of the eyebrows, which is a gesture that signals appreciation of what you are seeing.
4) The rolling and weaving of the pen. Freud might have an analytical reason for this that is possibly phallic in nature!
5) The hair-preen. Preening can be a form of peacocking to suggest interest in someone. It can also be an excuse to pit-bare to throw out another small power challenge.
6) The finger close to touching the lips. Drawing attention to the mouth in a very unsubtle way.
7) Poking the tongue. This isn’t even subtle, the tongue pokes out straight to front to suggest licking the lips in enjoyment.
8) Crossing the legs and raising the top one. Which would clearly seem to show bare thigh.
9) Holding the upper leg out straight towards the other person. This is so unsubtle I haven’t even seen it in guides to flirtatious body language but it deserves a heading all of its own.
10) The foot point. All ancient body language flirt manuals cite the act of pointing your foot in someone’s direction as signaling attraction. This point is so high and so emphatic it looks like she’s announcing her selection. Her foot even begins to swing at one point.
11) The crossing and re-crossing of the legs. We can see different legs take top position in this video, meaning the leg cross and un-cross has occurred which at the very least is a method of showing off more of those bare legs.
12) The nude shoes with the killer heels will have made her legs look even longer and eye-catching.
David Sheppard, energy editor at the Financial Times, tweeted that Putin telling Gamble she is ‘a beautiful woman but that she’s not listening to what he says’ was ‘as grim as it sounds.’
He was met with negativity from users who accused Gamble of blatantly ignoring the Russian leader and said: ‘In a world short of testosterone and long feminism – political correctness may be in vogue.
‘Isn’t it disrespectful if you do not listen to your interviewee’s detailed response nor acknowledge it – but push thru a pre-thought narrative?’
Sheppard slammed the user, saying: ‘You think it’s legitimate to lead off an answer talking about a journalist’s looks? It’s patronising, it’s sexist and it’s not on.
‘It’s a weak man who hides behind testosterone as an excuse for inappropriate behaviour. Would he have said the same to a male journalist? No.’
Others took a more sarcastic approach when issuing support for Gamble.
‘I never thought I’d have to say this but… The next time you go to Russia @_HadleyGamble, pack the Abaya,’ wrote Gulf-based journalist and marketing communications executive Alex Malouf.
‘Kremlin press pool journalist is very interested in @_HadleyGamble’s shoes.
‘One does not simply stretch her heels at Dear Leader,’ echoed Kevin Rothrock, managing editor at the Meduza.
However, some social media users agreed with the Kremlin-run network.
‘Hadley Gamble is one of the finest financial journalists in any media.
‘The fact that she uses sex appeal as part of the armoury does not diminish the fact she can get Putin to answer as openly as he does anywhere,’ wrote Andrew Matthews.
‘Kisel had been away for a long time, this time he exposed the American journalist Hadley Gamble, who tried to seduce Pynya during an interview,’ argued Oleg But.
‘Decoding level of Alex Leslie, and maybe even higher.’
Body language expert Judi James said Gamble’s body language shown in the footage is ‘hilarious and pretty blatant.’
James told MailOnline: It’s not unknown for both male and female interviewers to fake-flirt with their ‘prey’ in a bid to either distract them or to encourage them to be off their guard when they’re answering questions.
‘Flirting can look both flattering and intimate and suggest an air of collusion, making the interviewee feel they can trust the other person and be more open with them.
‘It can also lead to boasting, which is where a lot of politicians in particular tend to get caught out, blurting more than they should do as their ego gets both stroked and stoked.’
She added: ‘These signals are anything but subtle though.
‘This woman appears to have devoured the chapter on flirting from some body language guide to love and sex from the early 1970’s.
‘Far from picking one signal to attract attention she seems to be using the entire repertoire, many of them at the same time.’
The news outlet and the Russian president are facing criticism for their commentary
However, some people took to social media to issue their support for the Kremlin-run network
However, both the news outlet and Putin are facing criticism on social media for their commentary on Gamble (pictured)
Hadley Gamble was accused by Russian media of using her legs to distract Putin
Gamble at the new Middle East Headquarters Abu Dhabi Global Market in 2018 during an interview
Hadley Gamble, CNBC News Anchor and International Correspondent on a horseback in St Petersburg, Russia, during St Petersburg Forum of Economics in June 2021
Meanwhile, body language expert Judi James said Gamble’s body language shown in the footage is ‘hilarious and pretty blatant.’ Pictured: Gamble in a vineyard
In the Russian media report, Kiselyov said: ‘It feels like Hadley was preparing really hard for the meeting with Putin.
‘Like she was getting ready for the catwalk.’
He claimed she had ‘shed a couple of kilograms’ for the energy session and ‘squeezed herself into a little black dress,’ puffing up her ‘loose hair’.
A gibe that she had seemed ‘chubbier’ in earlier Instagram pictures was edited out of a later version of the report.
To ‘visually elongate her legs she opted for a pair of nude Louboutins with a 12-centimetre-high heel,’, said 67-year-old Kiselyov.
Designer Christian Louboutin had said such shoes ‘must look good on a naked woman… they add this sublime sexuality,’ he claimed.
The Kremlin-run TV channel claimed that Gamble ‘caked her legs in oily shimmer’ and looked ‘ready for the catwalk’ while appearing as a moderator at an energy forum session in Moscow
Kiselyov claimed Gamble had ‘shed a couple of kilograms’ for the energy session and ‘squeezed herself into a little black dress’, puffing up her ‘loose hair’
On the Rossiya 1 news channel, presenter Dmitry Kiselyov – known as Putin’s ‘mouthpiece’ and ‘propagandist-in-chief’ — told viewers: ‘To summarise, Hadley behaved daringly, openly positioning herself as a sex object, without any fear of being criticised by feminists’
The Russian presenter continued: ‘Hadley Gamble preferred to show up to the president without stockings, and her arms visibly bare.’
This was ‘pretty questionable,’ he said.
‘About the legs… they were caked in oily shimmer. Hadley’s body language worked at full steam… Whatever was she doing with her legs…?’
This was not appropriate for work, he suggested.
‘Hadley constantly touched her hair – a gesture universally seen as sex appeal… (and) made her eyes and licked her lips, rolling out her tongue…’
The presenter continued: ‘Hadley constantly touched her hair – a gesture universally seen as sex appeal… (and) made her eyes and licked her lips, rolling out her tongue…’
Vladimir Solovyov (right), a Putin ‘propagandist’, has used his Rossiya 1 news channel show to focus on previously unseen moments in which he claims Hadley attempts to ‘distract’ the Russian leader. Pictured: in 2013 after being awarded by President Putin for ‘outstanding journalism’
Gamble pictured whilst on holiday in a backless dress
In the energy session Putin had claimed the ‘beautiful’ and ‘pretty’ American TV interviewer was not listening to him on gas exports to Europe.
She immediately claimed she was listening.
But Putin said: ‘Beautiful woman, pretty, I’m telling her one thing. She instantly tells me the opposite as if she didn’t hear what I said. Well, I’ll repeat it for you once again…’
At this point, Gamble interrupted and told the Russian president she had ‘heard’ him, but claimed the Russians took ‘long enough’ to address the gas supply issue.
He continued: ‘Listen, you’ve just said ‘You don’t supply gas to Europe through pipelines.’
‘You are being misled. We are increasing supplies to Europe.’
The Russian media said Putin had used the reference to her looks to push back against Gamble, but added that calling her ‘beautiful’ was a ‘compliment.’
Presenter Dmitry Kiselyov (second from the left) seen between President Putin and editor-in-chief of Russia Today Margarita Simonyan during Vladimir Putin’s visit to MIA RIA Novosti in 2016
The Russian president also accused CNBC’s journalist Hadley Gamble of acting as if she ‘didn’t hear’ what he said after she questioned his denial that Russia had withheld gas from Europe
In the energy session Putin had claimed the ‘beautiful’ and ‘pretty’ American TV interviewer was not listening to him on gas exports to Europe
The Russian media said Putin had used the reference to her looks to push back against Gamble, but added that calling her ‘beautiful’ was a ‘compliment’
Putin also claimed the US and other suppliers to Europe had reduced gas flows.
Putin dismissed suggestions he is exploiting the energy crisis to get the Nord Steam 2 pipeline approved as ‘politically motivated blather’ – though added that opening the pipe will ‘significantly decrease’ gas prices.
One of Russia’s main routes for pumping gas into Europe currently runs through Ukraine, which makes about $1 billion per year in fees for maintaining the line.
The Nord Stream 2 pipeline would bypass that route by going direct to Germany, depriving Ukraine of the money.
The move would also hurt Poland, which sits along another major gas route – a move observers say would punish the two countries for allying closely with Europe.