Tucker Carlson Blasts Zelensky Vogue Cover—'Why Are We Still Funding This?'

Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson mocked Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky's recent Vogue photoshoot in a monologue on Wednesday while condemning the amount of US. financial aid for Kyiv.

Carlson took aim at the "the authoritarian government" of Kyiv which "needs tens of billions of dollars of dollars" of U.S. taxpayers' money to fight Russian forces.

Carlson then read the Ukrainian leader's response to The New York Post which asked whether he was worried that Americans might balk at Washington's financial support for Kyiv's forces at a time when U.S. inflation which in June had reached a four-decade high.

Zelensky said that compared with the fight for freedom from Russian aggression and "absolutely communal values" that Ukraine is trying to uphold, "inflation is nothing" and "secondary".

"Really? Maybe to you, Mr. Zelensky, but to Americans, they are actually kind of meaningful because our countries are not the same," Carlson said after reading Zelensky's comments on-air.

"Why don't you run yours? We'll run ours," Carlson said, concluding that Ukraine's leaders "have total contempt for us" and "just want our money."

"They don't care about the United States even a little bit," he said, "this is not democracy...uniting in solidarity. This is a scam."

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky
Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky was recently criticized by Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson, who took aim at U.S. financial support for Kyiv's forces. Alexey Furman/Getty Images

Experts have said that the Kremlin might seek to exploit the issue of U.S. financial support for Zelensky as an issue for Americans ahead of November's midterms.

In May, President Joe Biden signed a $40 billion support package for Ukraine, which includes the very effective U.S.-supplied M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, or HIMARS.

Russian state television regularly plays clips of Carlson, who has been accused of pushing a narrative that aligns with the Kremlin.

Earlier in the war, he pushed an invasion-justifying conspiracy theory that Russia' sought to dismantle secret biological research facilities in Ukraine. Carlson has denied that he is a champion of Russia and its war against Ukraine.

But on Wednesday, Carlson disparaged the meetings that Zelensky held with prominent figures in Kyiv over the last few months, as he mocked images of actor Ben Stiller shaking hands with the president.

"He then got the Annie Liebovitz treatment at Vogue Magazine," Carlson continued, namechecking the renowned photographer and a glamorous photoshoot of Zelensky and his wife Olena Zelenska for the fashion magazine's cover story,

"It's all pretty insulting to the thousands of Ukrainians who have died and to the U.S. taxpayer who is funding all of this," Carlson said, as he accused Ukraine of waging "a fierce information war."

He said the story of the "Ghost of Kyiv," a sniper who purportedly shot down Russian planes, which the Ukrainian Air Force later acknowledged was a myth, showed that Ukraine's forces "keep lying."

"They can lie all they want, but why are we still funding this?" said Carlson.

Newsweek has reached out to the Ukrainian foreign ministry for comment.