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Tucker Carlson has interviewed Russian President Vladimir Putin in Russia, a fact that was confirmed after Carlson teased the interview in a shot at other journalists. The Kremlin denied interview requests from Western outlets but granted Carlson's request because his position is seen as 'pro-American.'
"Mr. Carlson is wrong. We receive many requests for interviews with the president."
The Washington Post suggests that Putin's decision to allow the interview reflects his interest in building bridges to the Republican Party's disruptive MAGA element and the Kremlin's hope for Donald Trump's return to the presidency and continued Republican blockage of U.S. military aid to Ukraine.
"The Kremlin's decision to allow the interview demonstrated Putin's interest in building bridges to the disruptive MAGA element of the Republican Party, and it seemed to reflect the Kremlin's hope that Donald Trump would return to the presidency and that Republicans would continue to block U.S. military aid to Ukraine."
However, Carlson has little credibility among real journalists and media observers in the United States.
"Why is Tucker Carlson in Russia? The answer is simple. Carlson..."