He’s a 93-year old former president. He is a liberal Democrat who has seen a lot over his lifetime. And Jimmy Carter surprisingly sided with President Trump when he told The New York Times that the media has been too hostile with the current president.
“I think the media have been harder on Trump than any other president certainly that I’ve known about,” Carter told columnist Maureen Dowd. The former Commander in Chief who served one term from 1977 to 1981, also said that he thought the media “feel free to claim that Trump is mentally deranged and everything else without hesitation.”
Carter also had some things to say about accusations of Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election. He said, “I don’t think there’s any evidence that what the Russians did changed enough votes, or any votes.” Former President Carter admitted that his wife, Rosalynn, disagreed with him. And then he declared “We voted for [Bernie] Sanders” in the primary.
Carter disagrees with President Trump’s “America First” premise. He thinks it is out of step with the larger world and may spoil international relations. “Well, he might be escalating it, but I think that precedes Trump,” he told the Times. “The United States has been the dominant character in the whole world, and now we’re not anymore. And we’re not going to be. Russia’s coming back and India and China are coming forward.”
The active former president said that he is willing to go to North Korea on a diplomatic mission to try and defuse the escalating tensions with the rogue regime over nuclear weapons.
“I don’t know what they’ll do,” he said of North Korea. “Because they want to save their regime. And we greatly overestimate China’s influence on North Korea. Particularly to Kim Jong Un. He’s never, so far as I know, been to China.” Carter called the North Korean dictator “unpredictable.”
Earlier in September, Carter expressed optimism that Trump’s actions might very well break a legislative logjam with his six-month deadline for Congress to address the DACA issue. He told Emory University students that the “pressures and the publicity that Trump has brought to the immigration issue” could even yield comprehensive immigration law changes that Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama could not deliver.
Carter put the blame for the logjam on both parties because of their inability to pass any significant immigration law overhaul since a 1986 law signed by President Ronald Reagan.
“I don’t see that as a hopeless cause,” Carter said. He also noted that Trump’s critics, including himself, “have to give him credit when he does some things that are not as bad” as they are depicted.
What do you think about this positive reaction from Carter about Trump and his policies?
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