Tucker Carlson Says He Was 'Wrong' About Ukraine but Blames Kamala Harris

Fox News host Tucker Carlson admitted on Thursday that he was wrong about the possibility of Russia invading Ukraine but blamed the Biden administration and Vice President Kamala Harris for his mistake.

Carlson told his prime-time audience that President Joe Biden's decision to send Harris to the Munich Security Conference in February had led him to believe the threat of invasion wasn't serious.

The Fox News host has been criticized in recent weeks for appearing to downplay Russian aggression toward Ukraine and defending President Vladimir Putin before Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Carlson began with a report from Fox News' Benjamin Hall in Kyiv about the war in Ukraine and the fact that Russian forces had attacked a nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia, which is Europe's largest.

That attack, which caused a fire that was later extinguished, was subsequently condemned by world leaders.

Carlson said: "So, the situation appears to be more chaotic by the day, possibly even spinning out of control."

"And that, we must be honest, is shocking to us," he said. "We've been taken by surprise by the whole thing. We're not the only ones who were, but we're willing to admit it. The only thing more embarrassing than being wrong in your estimates is pretending that you weren't. So why didn't we see this coming, this total loss of control?"

"Well, because we assumed that if things were dire, serious people would be involved in fixing them," Carlson went on. "But we looked up and we saw Kamala Harris involved, and that reassured us."

"Harris had just come back from Europe where she'd been conducting, quote, 'diplomacy' with our allies, and that appeared to be proof this could not really be a big deal," he said.

Vice President Harris delivered a speech at the Munich Security Conference in Germany on February 19 warning that Russia would face "unprecedented economic costs" if it invaded. Russia launched its attack on Ukraine on February 24.

Carlson went on: "If the situation in Ukraine had been legitimately serious, if the future of Europe and the world hung in the balance as now so obviously it does, of course the Biden administration would not have sent Kamala Harris to fix it, because that's not her job."

"Kamala Harris' job is to trot down to the Blue Room periodically to greet delegations of TikTok influencers or to cut occasional PSAs [public service announcements] for Children's Dental Health Awareness Month, which is in February, so we assumed she'd be working on that right now," he said.

"But averting war with Russia, saving the civilized world? Come on, that is absolutely not Kamala Harris' job. That was our assumption. But, as noted, we were wrong," Carlson said.

"Why were we wrong? Well, we spent a lot of time watching Kamala Harris," he said, telling his audience they probably don't pay as much attention to Harris.

The Fox News host said hadn't he underestimated Putin, but he had "overestimated" President Biden and then showed clips of Harris making seemingly awkward statements.

Carlson continued to criticize the vice president and said that he had "assumed" the Biden administration had matters under control if it was allowing Harris to play a role in the crisis.

Carlson referred to Harris' role leading diplomatic efforts to reduce the flow of migrants into the U.S. from Mexico. That role has been the subject of significant criticism from the administration's opponents.

"We assumed that once Kamala Harris humiliated the United States in Munich and jeopardized its core interests, that maybe her boss, Joe Biden, would realize maybe borders aren't her thing. Maybe if you want borders between two countries from being violated, maybe you don't send Kamala Harris," he said.

He went on to criticize the idea of the Biden administration sending Harris back to Europe. The White House is reportedly considering sending the vice president to Poland and Romania to show solidarity with Ukraine.

Newsweek has asked Vice President Harris' office for comment.

Composite Image Shows Carlson and Harris
A composite image shows Fox News host Tucker Carlson (L) and Vice President Kamala Harris (R). Carlson admitted he did not believe the threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine was serious because Harris was involved. Getty Images