- Fox News host Tucker Carlson has been lobbying against military action against Iran in private conversations with President Donald Trump, according to a new report from The Daily Beast.
- Carlson, who hosts “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” has been critical of Trump’s foreign policy advisers on his show in recent weeks in relation to Iran.
- On Monday, the Fox News host expressed skepticism about Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s assertion that Iran is responsible for recent attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.
A senior administration official told The Beast that Carlson has been particularly critical of the more “hawkish members” of the Trump administration in his conversations with the president.
The White House declined to comment when contacted by INSIDER.
Carlson, who hosts “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” has used his show in recent weeks to speak out against a military confrontation with Iran while criticizing the president’s advisers like National Security Adviser John Bolton — who in the past has expressed support for a military strike against Iran.
“More than anything in the world, national security adviser John Bolton would love to have a war with Iran,” Carlson said on his show last month.
“Mercifully, John Bolton does not control the military, President Trump does.”
The Fox News host on Monday night compared Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s assertion that Iran carried out recent oil tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman to comments made by former Secretary of State Colin Powell in the lead-up to the Iraq War.
By John Haltiwanger
Originally published by Business Insider
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