Fox News’ Tucker Carlson defends his comments on Trump’s NBC interview on Russia

Speaking Tuesday on Fox News, host Tucker Carlson defended his previous weekend commentary questioning how President Trump could justify a war with Russia.

In a statement Sunday morning, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said the Trump administration had nothing to do with Trump’s insinuation last week that “something should be done” about a former Russian intelligence operative who, after leaving the U.S. government, was charged with trying to recruit Trump’s former adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner as an intelligence asset.

“If they think that criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin for recruiting a spy, trying to recruit a former member of the U.S. Intelligence Community, something should be done about that, that’s a separate story,” Trump said.

On Sunday, Gidley’s rebuke said that comments made on Trump’s own television show “Spy Talk” on Friday – and sent out to other members of the White House press corps – went further than the White House had ever seen from Trump on the issue of Russian intervention in the 2016 election.

Carlson’s comments last Friday focused on why Trump, through the rest of the world, could not just acknowledge the Russian interference in the U.S. election while countering what he called an undisciplined campaign by “the DNC, the Democrats and their friends in the deep state” to criticize Russia.

On Fox News on Tuesday, Carlson said of Trump’s assertions that the DNC and the security establishment were twisting what he had said: “No one’s twisting my words. Here’s the problem: Russia’s not our enemy.”

Carlson said America could not pursue “aggressive war with Russia” but also could not stand idly by while the U.S. intelligence agencies investigate whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia to interfere in the election.

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