The White House announced on Monday that the US President Donald Trump “had a good telephone conversation on trade with China” with former President Jimmy Carter, 94-year-old active democrat, who normalized the US-China relations during his term of presidency.
During one of the Sunday school classes Carter teaches in Plains, Ga., his hometown, he disclosed their conversation saying that Trump felt China was ”getting ahead of us” and adding that he agreed with that statement. “And do you know why? I normalized diplomatic relations with China in 1979. Since 1979, do you know how many times China has been at war with anybody? None. And we have stayed at war,” Carter said.
Earlier he had already made a statement that many would consider extremely anti-American, saying the US was “the most warlike nation in the history of the world” and had always been trying to impose American values on other countries.
Mr. Carter suggested that while China has been investing in its infrastructure and education system, the US has been focused mainly on waging wars. He said: ”How many miles of high-speed railroad do we have in this country? We have wasted, I think, $3 trillion. China has not wasted a single penny on war, and that’s why they’re ahead of us. In almost every way. And I think the difference is if you take $3 trillion and put it in American infrastructure, you’d probably have $2 trillion left over. We’d have high-speed railroad. We’d have bridges that aren’t collapsing. We’d have roads that are maintained properly. Our education system would be as good as that of, say, South Korea or Hong Kong.”
Former president added “I wasn’t comparing my country adversely to China, only pointing that out because I happened to get a phone call last night.”
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website