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Jimmy Carter Wants To Help Trump Bring Peaceful Resolution To His North Korea Problem

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Former president Jimmy Carter gave an expansive interview with The New York Times in which he raised a few eyes with his comments on the media’s role in covering the Trump administration.

“I think the media has been harder on Trump than any other president certainly that I’ve known about. I think they feel free to claim Trump is mentally deranged and everything else without hesitation.”

Carter’s words present an interesting viewpoint. After all, who understands the demands of the office more than someone who’s been there? On this end, it’s understandable where Carter comes from. At the same time, we have a president who makes it difficult for us to not be critical of him. His twitter rants are befitting of a teen girl, not a president, he botches PR opportunities (see Puerto Rico), and he seems hell-bent on suppressing others who don’t agree with his views (NFL player protests).

This isn’t a president being picked on too much by the media. This is a president who presents dangerous ideas, taunts an unstable world leader, and has belittled women in the past. If the president wants our respect and for the media to get off his back, shouldn’t he earn it?

However, Carter also said during the interview he would be willing to work for president Trump in hopes of bringing a peaceful resolution between North Korea and the Trump administration. “I would go, yes,” he told Maureen Dowd, of The New York Times when asked if he would go on a diplomatic mission for the Trump administration. He also made a stunning revelation concerning how the United States’ changing image has impacted the world stage. “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 interview is worth the full read as Carter talks on many topics including his criticism of Barack Obama. And it’s likely his words on the media being overly critical of Trump is him trying to open the door of communication between him and the current administration to make these diplomatic efforts happen. So, while the knee-jerk reaction is to say he’s wrong in his assessment of the media, if it leads to a greater good, then his words are worth it.


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