Fox News host Tucker Carlson entertained an interesting interview with Swiss magazine Die Weltwoche in which he criticized President Donald Trump for failing to fulfill his campaign promises. Carlson, who regularly defends Trump on his nightly cable show, struck a decidedly different tone in the interview with the foreign magazine.
Wow. What did he say?
The interview revealed that Carlson views Trump in a rather negative light.
"His chief promises were that he would build the wall, defund Planned Parenthood, and repeal Obamacare, and he hasn't done any of those things," he said.
Carlson went on to note that it wasn't just Congress' fault that these promises weren't accomplished and that the president was "mostly" to blame. He added that it was Trump's own fault because he didn't understand how the legislative process works.
"I don't think he's capable," Carlson added. "I don't think he's capable of sustained focus. I don't think he understands the system. I don't think the Congress is on his side. I don't think his own agencies support him. He's not going to do that."
Carlson went on to say that Trump "knows very little about the legislative process, hasn't learned anything, hasn't surrounded himself with people that can get it done, hasn't done all the things you need to do so."
"It's mostly his fault that he hasn't achieved those things. I'm not in charge of Trump," Carlson said.
He also noted what he hates about the president — namely what the interviewer referred to Trump's boastful nature.
"I hate that about him. I hate that," Carlson said. "It's not my culture. I didn't grow up like that."
He did issue a defense of Trump, however, in pointing out that he believes the president started important conversations and opened the door to fair immigration analyses.
"I think Trump's role is to begin the conversation about what actually matters," he said.
"We were not having any conversation about immigration before Trump arrived in Washington," Carlson explained. "People were bothered about it in different places in the country. It's a huge country, but that was not a staple of political debate at all."
He added, "Trump asked basic questions like, 'Why don't our borders work?' 'Why should we sign a trade agreement and let the other side cheat?' Or my favorite of all, 'What's the point of NATO?' The point of NATO was to keep the Soviets from invading western Europe but they haven't existed in 27 years, so what is the point?"
"These are obvious questions that no one could answer," Carlson explained.
When asked if he believed that Trump kept his promises or "achieved his goals," the Fox News host issued a terse "No."