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Carter To Trump: Tell The Truth

Former President Jimmy Carter on Tuesday urged the current White House occupant to “keep the peace, promote human rights and tell the truth.”

According to The Associated Press, the nation’s 39th commander-in-chief offered the recommendation during a speech at the Carter Center in Atlanta. He criticized Trump’s foreign and domestic policies, and argued that money has corrupted the political system to the point that the United States looks more like an “oligarchy than a democracy.”

Carter advised Trump to negotiate a peace treaty with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who is testing ballistic missiles that could be equipped with nuclear weapons. Kim has warned that his country eventually will develop a missile capable of reaching the United States. He recently threatened to attack the U.S. territory of Guam.

“I would send my top person to Pyongyang immediately, if I didn’t go myself,” Carter said. “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.” The ex-president pointed out that he has made three trips to North Korea.

Carter questioned Trump’s prediction that the administration will end the fighting in the Middle East. The president recently sent his adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to the region to speak with Israeli and Palestinian officials. The AP noted that Trump has indicated he will not pursue the two-state solution that previous presidents advocated. Carter remarked that bringing “justice to the Palestinians (is) practically hopeless” with the real-estate mogul in the Oval Office.

“I don’t think Trump or his family members are making any progress in that respect,” Carter said. He suggested that while Palestine is partly responsible for the ongoing conflict, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has “no intention at all of having a two-state solution.” Trump has made clear that he sides with Netanyahu.

Though the former president rarely speaks out on national issues, his Carter Center promotes human rights, health care and free elections. Last month, the institution monitored the presidential election in Kenya that the African nation’s Supreme Court later rejected. The justices demanded another round of voting. One of those who traveled to Kenya on behalf of the center was John Kerry, the former Massachusetts senator and 2004 Democratic presidential nominee who served as secretary of state in the Obama administration. He and the rest of the monitoring team determined that the election was “unreliable.”

The center also is involved in international efforts to end the civil war in Syria. Carter said his staff has reached out to Russian leader Vladimir Putin and other key players to find solutions. However, he did not comment on allegations that Putin conspired with the Trump campaign to interfere in last year’s U.S. presidential race.

Carter, whose 93rd birthday will be on Oct. 1, was president for one term. He lost his re-election bid to Republican nominee Gerald Ford in 1976. Since then, the Georgia Democrat has been involved in charitable activities like Habitat for Humanity. The other living former presidents are George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

Source: The Hill, CBS News
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