Tucker Carlson calls out Mick Mulvaney on immigration remarks: 'Dishonest and stupid'

Fox News host Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden EPA asks Justice Dept. to pause defense of Trump-era rules | Company appeals rejection of Pebble Mine | Energy pick Granholm to get hearing Wednesday Company appeals rejection of controversial Pebble Mine  McConnell faces conservative backlash over Trump criticism MORE chided acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyFinancial firms brace for Biden's consumer agency chief Trump campaign had paid .7M to organizers of rally ahead of Capitol riot: report Consumer bureau director resigns after Biden's inauguration MORE over a statement he made this week that seemed conflict with President TrumpDonald TrumpBlinken holds first calls as Biden's secretary of State Senators discussing Trump censure resolution Dobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' MORE's immigration policy.

According to audio obtained from The Washington Post, Mulvaney said the U.S. is desperate for more legal immigrants"We are running out of people to fuel the economic growth that we've had in our nation over the last four years. We need more immigrants," Mulvaney said.

Carlson claimed that Mulvaney, one of Trump's closest aides, is seemingly determined to undermine the administration's policies.


"Everything about that statement is dishonest and stupid. For one thing, Americans don't want more immigration," Carlson said. 

The Fox News host added that the nation is "enjoying a tight labor market right now," claiming that while immigration is down, employment is up.

"That means there are fewer available workers; therefore, employers must pay higher wages to those workers," Carlson continued.

Mulvaney concluded his statement by saying that the current administration wants immigrants to come in a "legal fashion."

However, Carlson rebuked the acting chief of staff's claim, supposing that Trump and Mulvaney have been at odds for several years on this issue and others. The television show host then cited comments made by Mulvaney in 2016, when he called the president "a terrible human being" but added that he would still support him.

Mulvaney has since dismissed these claims, calling them a joke between the chief of staff and Trump.

"We joked about it. ... What's wrong with Washington, D.C.? People spend a lot more time looking at what people say instead of what they do," he said.