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- Tucker Carlson mocked Donald Trump in a podcast appearance on March 11.
- “I mean, he couldn’t build a border wall in four years,” Carlson said of the former president.
- Carlson’s comments came days after texts leaked showed him saying he hates Trump “passionately.”
Fox News host Tucker Carlson doesn’t appear to be patching things up with former President Donald Trump yet.
During a March 11 episode of the “Full Send Podcast,” host Kyle Forgeard asked Carlson about a claim Trump made earlier this month that he could end the Ukraine war if re-elected president in 2024.
“I mean, he couldn’t build a border wall in four years,” Carlson said. “So, you know there is a gap between promises and delivery with all politicians, very much including him.”
Carlson went on to praise Trump’s foreign policy while also delivering an unsubstantiated claim that Trump has autism.
“But I will say in Trump’s defense — and maybe cause he’s a little bit autistic — he saw the stakes of this, like at the very beginning — and this is what I do love about Trump, particularly in foreign policy,” Carlson said.
“He sees the big stuff. He’s like, ‘Wait, you’ve got Russia and China. They don’t trust each other. We can’t let them get together,'” Carlson added.
There is no evidence that Trump has been diagnosed with autism. A spokesman for Trump did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Carlson was commenting on Trump’s claim at CPAC that he could solve the Ukraine war within a day.
“I will prevent — and every easily — World War Three,” Trump said at CPAC on March 4. “Before I even arrive at the Oval Office, I will have the disastrous war between Russia and Ukraine settled. It will be settled quickly.”
Carlson’s comments come days after texts he sent to an unnamed confidant were released as part of Dominion Voting Systems’ evidence in its $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News.
In those texts, Carlson gloated about not having to cover Trump after the election.
“I hate him passionately,” Carlson said of Trump in a text message sent on January 4, 2021, two days before the Capitol riot. He also said he “truly can’t wait” to not have to talk about Trump on-air.
For his part, Trump claimed triumphantly on Truth Social on Sunday that he thinks Carlson “doesn’t hate” him anymore.
Representatives for Carlson at Fox News did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment outside regular business hours.