Fox News’ Tucker Carlson says US ‘should take the side of Russia over Ukraine’ in defence of Vladimir Putin

TV host doubles down on support for Putin after ‘joking’ about ‘rooting for Russia’ last week

Conrad Duncan
Tuesday 03 December 2019 11:53 GMT
Tucker Carlson says 'I think we should take the side of Russia' over Ukraine

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson has backed Russia over Ukraine for the second time in a week and suggested some US journalists hate America more than Vladimir Putin.

Mr Carlson said the US should “probably take the side of Russia” in a dispute between Mr Putin’s country and Ukraine, even though Ukraine is a US ally.

On Monday night, Republican congressman Jim Jordan denied suggestions that Donald Trump is helping Russia by pointing out that the Trump administration has placed sanctions on the country.

However, the Fox News presenter quickly replied that he “totally opposed” those sanctions.

“I should say for the record, I’m totally opposed to these sanctions and I don’t think we should be at war with Russia… I think we should probably take the side of Russia, uh, if we have to choose between Russia and Ukraine,” he said.

Last Monday, Mr Carlson said on his primetime TV show that he was “rooting for Russia” in the conflict with Ukraine, before walking back that comment as a joke later in the episode.

His support for Russia on yesterday’s show, which included a segment defending Mr Putin, did not come with that clarification.

Earlier in the show, Mr Carlson criticised journalists such as NBC’s Chuck Todd for denouncing the Russian president and rejected the conclusion of US intelligence services and the Mueller report that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

“Could any of these people actually tell you why Vladimir Putin is so bad? Why is he so bad?” he asked.

“What makes Vladimir Putin worse than a whole long list of American allies?”

Mr Carlson added: “The irony, of course, is that Putin, for all his faults, does not hate America as much as many of these people [US journalists] do. They really dislike our country.”

The US condemned Russia following the annexation of Crimea in 2014 and it has been US foreign policy to pressure the country over its military activity in Ukraine.

Mr Trump is currently the subject of an impeachment inquiry over allegations that he withheld military aid to Ukraine to force its president to announce an investigation into his 2020 election rival Joe Biden.

The president has denied any wrongdoing despite multiple US officials coming forward with concerns over his conduct with Ukraine.

Ukraine's prosecutor general has said there is no evidence of wrongdoing by Mr Biden, who is a former US vice president and Democratic presidential candidate.

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