Tucker Carlson made headlines again following his recent exclusive interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin while speaking at the World Government Summit in Dubai. This was Carlson’s first speaking appearance since the Putin interview. He provided a scathing critique of the Biden administration and shed light on the challenges facing American democracy.
At the heart of Carlson’s speech was his assertion that U.S. intelligence agencies had actively worked against him in his efforts to interview Putin.
“The US government prevented me from doing it by spying on my text messages and leaking them to the New York Times,” Carlson said. “My country’s intel services were working against me illegally, and that enraged me.”
“I think that the current administration is very obviously incompetent and the president is senile. That’s not an attack. Everyone knows it. It has now been confirmed, I would say, this week in the report that you’re all familiar with. And that’s very sad, but it had sort of nothing to do with the interview.”
Last Thursday, Robert Hur, appointed to investigate the handling of classified materials by President Joe Biden, released a comprehensive report that has since ignited widespread concern. The report meticulously detailed instances of mismanagement of sensitive information by the president, pinpointing a critical and perhaps alarming aspect of the situation: the president’s memory appears to be suffering from “significant limitations.”
“Mr. Biden’s memory was significantly limited, both during his recorded interviews with the ghostwriter in 2017, and in his interview with our office in 2023. And his cooperation with our investigation, including by reporting to the government that the Afghanistan documents were in his Delaware garage, will likely convince some jurors that he made an innocent mistake, rather than acting willfully – that is, with intent to break the law – as the statute requires,” the report stated.
“We have also considered that, at trial, Mr. Biden would likely present himself to a jury, as he did during our interview of him, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory. Based on our direct interactions with and observations of him, he is someone for whom many jurors will want to identify reasonable doubt.”
Carlson went on to elaborate on his motivation for the Putin interview, stressing his desire to challenge the constraints imposed on him by his own government: “And so once I discovered that that was happening… then I was totally determined, monomaniacally dedicated to doing this interview.”
Tucker continued, “Not simply because I want to know what Vladimir Putin is like and what he thinks about a war that is resetting the world and really gravely damaging my country’s economy, but also because they told me I couldn’t on the basis of illegitimate means and for no really clearly stated justification.”
In the highly anticipated interview, Putin made several noteworthy claims, one being that the CIA was responsible for the destruction of the Nord Stream pipeline.
Putin further criticized the West’s control over global narratives, suggesting that presenting evidence against the CIA or NATO would be futile. “It is very difficult to defeat the United States because the United States controls all the world’s media and many European media.”
Carlson finished by issuing a dire warning about the alignment of media with government, saying, “Media information in a free country is a counterbalance against entrenched power… So if sources of information, media outlets align with entrenched power, then you have a powerless population and it’s totalitarian.”