Former President Jimmy Carter may not have had a successful presidency—between the U.S. Energy Crisis and the Iran Hostage Crisis. Nevertheless, he felt qualified to weigh in on President Trump's foreign policy and domestic affairs.
In what the Associated Press called a "damning indictment," the former president said that having money in politics makes the nation more like an "oligarchy than a democracy." Carter, 92, made the comments during a presentation this Carter Center in Atlanta.
Carter, who was the 39th president and a Democrat, offered this advice to Republican President Trump: "Keep the peace, promote human rights and tell the truth."
Carter, who had his own foreign policy issues during his one term in office, advised President Trump on how he should approach North Korea and its Communist dictator Kim Jong-un.
"I would send my top person to Pyongyang immediately if I didn't go myself," said Carter, who also said the United States should discuss a peace treaty with North Korea to release the existing cease fire that has been in place since the Korean War ended in 1953.
Carter, who says he has been to North Korea three times, argued that the Communist country only wants a treaty that guarantees the United States won't attack North Korea unless they attack the U.S. first or attack a U.S. ally like South Korea.
"Until we talk to them and treat them with respect—as human beings, which they are—I don't think we're going to make any progress," Carter said.
Possibly speaking from dismal personal experience, Carter dismissed the idea that Trump can create peace in the Middle East. Carter inferred that he doesn't have any faith in Trump's abilities or in the abilities of his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to deal with the situation. Carter said he is "practically hopeless" that Trump will give "justice to the Palestinians."
"I don't think Trump or his family members are making any process in that respect," continued the former president.
Carter also highlighted his center's achievements in foreign policy—possibly as a contrast to President Trump. He mentioned the center's role in monitoring the August elections in Kenya. The election was later thrown out because the ballots were deemed unreliable because international monitors were not allowed to view monitor. He also mentioned the center's engagement in trying to end the Syrian Civil War.
Carter also celebrated a program at his center that tracks social media usage in Syria.
"By identifying the locations of individual posters with known political and military affiliations, Carter said, analysts can discern which factions control various cities and provinces. Carter said the center shares that intelligence with the Pentagon, the State Department, various media outlets, and foreign allies of the U.S," wrote AP.
While he did speak about Russia, Carter did not mention the country's supposed role in the 2016 election.
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