Moment Vladimir Putin mocks Tucker Carlson for being rejected by the CIA following his graduation from Trinity after he was ‘too honest’ on his application
Russian President Vladimir Putin poked fun at former Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s failure to join the CIA after college during their controversial interview that aired Thursday night.
The issue arose when Putin, without any pushback from Carlson, blamed the CIA for the 2014 Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine.
The movement began after the then Russia-friendly government of the country was peacefully overthrown by mass protests following the rejection of a cooperation agreement with the European Union.
When Carlson asked who supported the overthrow, Putin replied: ‘With the support of the CIA, of course, the organization you wanted to join at the time, as I understand it. We should thank God that they didn’t let you in. Although this is a serious organization, I understand.’
The Russian president then pointed to his own history working as an intelligence officer.
Putin brought up Carlson’s ill-fated bid to join the CIA when he accused the agency of involvement in the 2014 overthrow of Ukraine’s Russia-friendly government
Carlson did not respond to Putin’s jibe
A 2017 New Yorker Feature Carlson’s efforts to join the CIA detailed after he struggled to graduate from the prestigious Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.
The piece said that the agency “prefers not to hire young men who are gabby and unfit.”
Meanwhile, a colleague told Business Insider in a similar feature in 2022 that Carlson’s rejection was possible because he was “too honest” in his application.
‘He mentioned that he applied and they turned him down because of his drug use. He was too honest about his application. I should probably also say that I don’t know if he is telling the truth or not,” said the friend.
Most of the interview, released Thursday, focused on Ukraine, where the war is approaching the two-year mark.
Putin repeated his claim that his invasion of Ukraine, which Kiev and its allies described as an unprovoked act of aggression, was necessary to protect Russian speakers in Ukraine and prevent the country from posing a threat to Russia by to join NATO.
Putin pointed to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s refusal to hold talks with the Kremlin.
He argued that it was up to Washington to stop supplying Ukraine with weapons and convince Kiev, which he called an American “satellite,” to sit down for negotiations.
“We have never refused negotiations,” Putin said. “You have to tell the current Ukrainian leadership to stop and come to a negotiating table.”
Putin has warned that the West will never succeed in inflicting a “strategic defeat” on Russia in Ukraine and rejected claims that Russia is harboring plans to attack Poland or other Nato countries.
It was Putin’s first interview with a Western media figure since his full-scale invasion of Ukraine two years ago.
White House national security spokesman John Kirby tried to downplay the impact of Carlson’s interview before its release: ‘Remember, you’re listening to Vladimir Putin. And you shouldn’t take anything he has to say at face value.’
Putin has severely limited his contact with international media since he started the war in Ukraine in February 2022.
Russian authorities have cracked down on independent media, forcing some Russian outlets to close, blocking others and ordering a number of foreign reporters to leave the country.
Two journalists working for American news organizations – Gershkovich of The Wall Street Journal and Alsu Kurmasheva of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty – are in prison.
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Asked by Carlson whether Russia would release Gershkovich, Putin said Moscow was open to talks but reiterated that the reporter had been charged with espionage, an accusation Gershkovich denied.
“He was caught in the act when he secretly obtained classified information,” Putin said of Gershkovich, adding that he did not rule out the reporter’s return home.
“There is no taboo to solve this issue,” Putin said. “We are ready to solve it, but there are certain conditions that are discussed between special services. I believe an agreement can be reached.’
He pointed to a man imprisoned in a ‘US-allied country’ for killing a bandit who had killed Russian soldiers during the fighting in the Caucasus: ‘He has our soldiers taken prisoner on ‘ sat on a road and then ran over their heads with a car.
There was a patriot who liquidated himself in one of the European capitals.’
Putin did not name names, but he appeared to be referring to Vadim Krasikov, a Russian serving a life sentence in Germany after being convicted of the 2019 murder of Zelimkhan ‘Tornike’ Khangoshvili, a 40-year-old Georgian citizen of Chechen ethnicity.
German judges who found Krasikov guilty said he acted at the behest of Russian federal authorities, who provided him with a fake identity, a fake passport and the resources to carry out the hit.
The Wall Street Journal reaffirmed in a statement that Gershkovich “is a journalist and journalism is not a crime,” adding that “any portrayal to the contrary is total fiction.”
“We are encouraged to see Russia’s desire for a deal that brings Evan home, and we hope it will lead to his swift release and return to his family and our newsroom,” it said.