The Daily Beast is starting to recognize Tucker Carlson’s influence on President Trump’s foreign policy.
Tensions have been heating up in the Persian Gulf over the last month, as the Trump administration has put tremendous pressure on Iran to cease its nuclear program and its increased proxy attacks in the region.
The article noted the neoconservative influence of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton. However, another voice has Trump’s ear recently. Specifically, Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
Carlson has been one of the leading voices for non-interventionism and America First policies throughout Trump’s time in office.
The Daily Beast reports that “the Fox News host has privately advised Trump against taking military action against Iran.” In the same report, a senior Trump administration official told The Daily Beast that Carlson criticized some of the more “hawkish members of his administration.
Although several members of the Trump administration and Fox News pundits argue that conflict with Iran would be justified, Carlson has stood in opposition to world policing. Carlson recently questioned whether a conflict with Iran would be “in anyone’s interest.” Last month, Carlson criticized Bolton, saying that he was escalating tensions, and that a potential clash with the Islamic Republic would “be like Christmas, Thanksgiving, his birthday wrapped into one.”
On a Monday night segment of his program, Carlson drew parallels between the recent attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman and the flawed intelligence leading to the Iraq invasion in 2003 — specifically the Iraqi possession of weapons of mass destruction.
Carlson said, “We’re still paying a price for that.”
Since May 2018, the Trump administration has been dialing up the pressure on Iran by curtailing the government’s ability to fund terrorist groups through sanctions and force Iran to re-enter negotiations. One unprecedented move the Trump administration took was labeling Iran’s military as a terrorist organization.
Last week’s tanker assault, where one Norwegian and another Japanese tanker were attacked, have quickly escalated tensions. The Trump administration and the British government instantly blamed the Iranians for these attacks. At first, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas declared that U.S. evidence was “not enough” to pin blame on Iran for the attacks. On Tuesday, however, Chancellor Angela Merkel said that there was “strong evidence” pointing to Iran.
Tucker has remained a voice of reason in holding Trump accountable for his America First policies.
However, the Daily Beast piece tried to attack Carlson in a underhanded manner for his previous remarks about Trump in Politico.
The Fox News host detailed a voicemail he received from Trump in his celebrity-businessman days.
Tucker wrote, “About 15 years ago, I said something nasty on CNN about Donald Trump’s hair.”
He added, “I can’t now remember the context, assuming there was one. In any case, Trump saw it and left a message the next day. ‘It’s true you have better hair than I do,’ Trump said matter-of-factly. ‘But I get more pussy than you do.’”
Although Tucker and Trump may have had rocky relations in the past, the two now have made amends and are indirectly working together to advance an America First vision in some shape or form.
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