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Vladimir Putin reveals his big disappointment with Tucker Carlson, delivers stinging criticism of 'soft' interview

Vladimir Putin reveals his big disappointment with Tucker Carlson, delivers stinging criticism of 'soft' interview

Russian President Vladimir Putin has revealed his thoughts on Tucker Carlson and the widely watched interview that caused a stir across the globe.

Putin made a stinging criticism of Carlson and explained what surprised him about his first interview with an American journalist since Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

"To be honest, I thought that he would behave aggressively and ask so-called sharp questions," Putin said during an interview with Russian state TV host Pavel Zarubin on Wednesday. "I was not just prepared for this, I wanted it, because it would give me the opportunity to respond in the same way."

"He tried to interrupt me several times, but still, surprisingly for a Western journalist, he turned out to be patient and listened to my lengthy dialogues, especially those related to history, and didn’t give me reason to do what I was ready for."

"So frankly, I didn’t get complete satisfaction from this interview.”

During the two-hour interview with Carlson, Putin delivered a 20-plus-minute soliloquy about Russian history.

At the start of the Tucker interview, Putin snarkily asked, "Are we having a talk show or a conversation?"

Putin also seemingly mocked Carlson to his face about not being accepted into the CIA.

During Wednesday's Russian state TV interview, Putin stated that he would prefer Joe Biden over Donald Trump.

"Biden, he's more experienced, more predictable, he's a politician of the old formation," Putin told Zarubin. "But we will work with any U.S. leader whom the American people trust."

Trump weaponized Putin's sound bite to attack Biden.

"President Putin of Russia has just given me a great compliment, actually," Trump said on Wednesday at a campaign rally in North Charleston, South Carolina. "He just said that he would much rather have Joe Biden as president than Trump. Now that's a compliment. ... And of course, he would say that."

Trump then focused on the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

"I stopped Nord Stream 2, and [Biden] approved it right after I left, so Putin is not a fan of mine actually," Trump said.

In December 2019, Trump imposed sanctions on any companies involved in assisting Russian oil giant Gazprom in constructing a gas pipeline between Russia and Germany.

In May 2021, the Biden administration waived sanctions on the company behind Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany and its CEO.

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Paul Sacca

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