Tucker Carlson interviews Vladimir Putin
The White House warned Vladimir Putin shouldn’t be taken “at face value” before the release of his interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
The claim: Putin said in Carlson interview that Russians find it ‘amusing’ US protects foreign borders, but not its own
“TUCKER: Are you following what’s happening on the US southern border?” reads the start of the post, which is a screenshot of a post on X, formerly known as Twitter. “PUTIN: Actually yes. It’s part of my daily briefing. We Russians find it ironically amusing your Congress will spend billions protecting foreign borders but neglect it’s own. It’s quiet laughable but deadly (sic).”
Our rating: False
No such quote appears in transcripts from Carlson’s interview with Putin. The Russian president did point to problems at the U.S. border as a reason why the U.S. should not become involved in the war in Ukraine.
Putin referenced US southern border in response to Schumer’s ‘cheap provocation’
Carlson said in a Feb. 6 X post that he was interviewing Putin in an attempt to “inform people” about Russia’s war with Ukraine in light of the billions of dollars of aid the U.S. has given to Ukraine. Two days later he released the full interview covering various topics, including the war in Ukraine, President Joe Biden and detained Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich.
There are no reports from legitimate news outlets of Putin’s supposed remark about the U.S. southern border. The purported quotation also does not appear in interview transcripts from the Kremlin or Carlson’s YouTube channel, though Putin did bring up the topic.
Carlson asked Putin about Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s comment in an MSNBC interview that Americans could eventually be drawn into the fighting if legislation with more Ukraine aid didn’t pass.
Putin called the remark a “cheap provocation” and said he could not understand why the U.S. should fight in the war.
“You have issues on the border, issues with migration, issues with the national debt – more than $33 trillion dollars,” Putin said. “You have nothing better to do, so you should fight in Ukraine?”
USA TODAY previously debunked claims that Putin told Carlson that President Joe Biden is a “facade” for “those in real power” and that no Western journalists besides Carlson had reached out to interview the Russian leader.
USA TODAY reached out to several users who shared the post for comment but did not immediately receive a response.
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