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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene defends the prospect of Tucker Carlson interviewing Putin amid rumors he is in Moscow

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and the Fox News host Tucker Carlson.Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/AP Photo, Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
  • Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene defended the idea of Tucker Carlson interviewing Vladimir Putin.

  • A Russian Telegram channel said the former Fox News host had arrived in Moscow in recent days.

  • Carlson has been a defender of Putin and has echoed Kremlin talking points.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene defended the prospect of Tucker Carlson interviewing Russian President Vladimir Putin amid rumors that the former Fox News host was in Moscow.

The Russian Telegram channel Mash said Carlson was spotted in Moscow in the audience at the Bolshoi Theater.

The report that Carlson was in Russia sparked speculation that he might interview Putin, who has rarely left Russia since the coronavirus pandemic and since last year has faced an international arrest warrant over Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

"Democrats and their propagandists in the media are spasming at the prospect of Tucker Carlson interviewing Putin," Greene wrote on X.

The Georgia representative added: "They HATE when someone like Tucker goes 'off script.' We have a free press in this country and its people like Tucker Carlson who we depend on to speak the truth!"

Carlson, who has defended Putin and echoed Kremlin talking points, said last year that he had previously tried to interview the Russian leader but that the US government had stopped him.

He defended Russia's troop buildup on its border with Ukraine in late 2021 and has been one of the strongest voices of opposition to US support for Ukraine since Russia's full-scale invasion.

Carlson is often mentioned on Russian TV by propagandists. Leaked memos from the Kremlin to Russian state media in the week after the invasion instructed them to use "as much as possible fragments of broadcasts of the popular Fox News host Tucker Carlson."

He left Fox News in April last year and has since been hosting his show online.

The report from Mash said Carlson arrived in the Russian capital on Thursday, flying via Istanbul.

It remains to be confirmed whether he is in Russia or plans to meet with or interview Putin.

Representatives for Carlson did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider, made outside normal working hours.

Correction: February 5, 2024 — An earlier version of this story misstated Ukraine's relationship to NATO. It has not been admitted as a NATO member.

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