Fox News host Tucker Carlson told The Hill that he would be willing to talk to President TrumpDonald TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe MORE "every single day" as part of his job, amid a controversy over a segment on Carlson's show that Trump shared.
Carlson told The Hill that he does "not regularly at all" talk to Trump off camera, adding he'd be willing to talk to "anybody making important decisions" because that's his job.
"I don't visit the White House," he said by phone. "I want to be clear: I'd be happy to talk to Trump every single day. I would be happy to talk [House Minority Leader] Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by the League of Conservation Voters — EPA finalizing rule cutting HFCs Democrats steamroll toward showdown on House floor Panic begins to creep into Democratic talks on Biden agenda MORE (D-Calif.). I'd be happy to talk to anybody making important decisions. Why wouldn't I be? That's my job."
The president on Thursday morning tweeted that he requested that Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoRepublican lawmakers raise security, privacy concerns over Huawei cloud services WashPost fact-checker gives Pompeo four 'Pinocchios' for 'zombie' claim about Obama Iran deal Poll: Biden, Trump statistically tied in favorability MORE look into "land farm seizures" and the "large scale killing of farmers" in South Africa after Carlson aired a segment titled "Inside South Africa's racist land seizures" on the topic Wednesday night.
South Africa disputed the report and summoned a U.S. diplomatic official to the ministry of foreign affairs on Thursday after Trump's tweet, according to Reuters.
"I assume he was just watching or someone sent him a clip," Carlson told The Hill. "But either way, I'm really grateful that he was, because it's totally wrong what's happening there."
The segment condemned the South African government as racist for stripping white farm owners of their land not for any crimes but "because they are the wrong color."
I have asked Secretary of State @SecPompeo to closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures and expropriations and the large scale killing of farmers. “South African Government is now seizing land from white farmers.” @TuckerCarlson @FoxNews— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 23, 2018
Carlson said Thursday evening that he didn't speak to the president or anyone at the White House before the segment aired and hasn't spoken to Trump since a July 17 interview following the Helsinki, Finland, summit with Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Carlson has conducted two interviews with the president since taking office 19 months ago, with the first occurring in March 2017.
The president's reactions to segments and commentary he's sees on Fox News, especially on Twitter, is well documented.
He often lauds "Fox & Friends," which is a Fox News program that he had a weekly segment on called "Mondays with Trump" for several years starting in 2011.
Was @foxandfriends just named the most influential show in news? You deserve it - three great people! The many Fake News Hate Shows should study your formula for success!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2017
Trump is also reportedly close with host Sean Hannity and speaks to the primetime host on a regular basis.
When asked to comment on his relationship with the president, Hannity said the characterizations are "total bullshit" and "nobody knows" how much access he has to the Oval Office.
“I really kind of enjoy that nobody knows, and I’m just going to leave it that way,” Hannity said in an interview with Forbes published in July. “But I can tell you this: Nobody has ever gotten my relationship with Donald Trump right, ever.”