Jimmy Carter On Clinton Foundation: 'Rosie And I Put Money In The Carter Center, We Never Take Any Out'

Chris Menahan
Oct. 22, 2017

Former President Jimmy Carter ribbed Bill and Hillary Clinton for using the Clinton Foundation to enrich themselves during a recent interview with The New York Times.

From The New York Times:
I asked the famously ethical Carter what he made of Obama’s post-presidential string of $400,000 speeches.

“I don’t care if he gets rich or Clinton gets rich or whatever,” he said. “I don’t want to get into a bragging position; I’m not trying to do that. But I announced when I was defeated I was not going to be on corporate boards, I was not going to try to enrich myself with speeches. I was patterning my policy after Harry Truman.”

When I compared the Clinton Foundation with the Carter Center, Carter noted: “Rosie and I put money in the Carter Center. We never take any out.”
Carter also said he thinks the media's been "harder on Trump than any other president":
I wondered how the starchy Carter, who put out a White House edict that nobody could fly first class, felt about the louche Trump White House, where conflict of interest has been replaced by confluence of interest.

“I think the media have been harder on Trump than any other president certainly that I’ve known about,” Carter replied. “I think they feel free to claim that Trump is mentally deranged and everything else without hesitation.”
His wife Rosalynn made it clear she was still hurt by Michelle Obama not inviting her to a first ladies lunch on mental health:
Since Rosalynn’s focus as first lady was mental health, I asked her if we should break the last taboo and let presidents have a White House shrink.

“I think it might help them,” she said with a smile.

She told me that she was left out of a first ladies lunch held by Michelle Obama on the issue of mental health, making it clear that she was still hurt.
Carter also said he doesn't buy that Russkie hacking swayed the election:
Did the Russians purloin the election from Hillary?

“Rosie and I have a difference of opinion on that,” he said.

She looked over archly. “They obviously did,” she said.

He said: “I don’t think there’s any evidence that what the Russians did changed enough votes, or any votes.”
Carter also said he and his wife "voted for Sanders" and not Hillary Clinton during the primaries and NFL players should stand during the national anthem.

Carter is truly a Democrat from a different time. No doubt the Democrats will now claim he's a Russian agent "doing Putin's bidding."

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