Over the weekend, former President Jimmy Carter resumed teaching Sunday school in Plains, Georgia, having recovered from surgery for a broken hip and shared about a recent conversation with President Donald Trump. Speaking to attendees at the Maranatha Baptist Church, he explained that President Trump was gracious, expressed regards for the former first family, and responded to Carter’s concern about China.
Carter said, “A few weeks ago, I got my first call from President Trump. I was delighted and I was surprised, the first time he’d ever called me. I had written him a letter about the relationships with China. I normalized diplomatic relations with China at the beginning of January 1979. He was very gracious and expressed his appreciation for my letter, and admiration for me and my wife and so forth. So it was a pleasant conversation. But the main thing that he emphasized to me was, the main purpose of his call, was to say very frankly to me on a private line that the Chinese were getting way ahead of the United States.”
After sharing that President Trump is also concerned about China, Carter further addressed his congregation’s concerns about China becoming a superpower and explained how the United States is likely the most peaceful superpower on earth based on the teachings of Jesus Christ as judged by God Almighty, which all Christians believe in.
Carter, who’s 94, broke his hip last month when he fell at home while leaving to go turkey hunting. He subsequently had hip replacement surgery. The former first lady was also hospitalized around the same time for what Carter said was initially thought to be a stroke, but turned out to be less serious.
Includes reporting from the Associated Press.