Jimmy Carter Scolds Trump Over McCain Flag Controversy: ‘Very Serious Mistake’
On Tuesday, Former President Jimmy Carter became the latest public figure to scold President Donald Trump for disrespecting John McCain after the senator’s recent passing in two interviews on Fox Business Network and MSNBC.
In an interview with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, Carter was asked about all the recent commotion over the White House’s reluctance to fly the American flag at half-staff in McCain’s honor. Now that the White House’s flag has been lowered, Carter described it as an “adequate” correction on their part — though he also noted how Trump has been visibly unenthusiastic about saying anything positive about his deceased political foe.
“I think that was a very serious mistake that President Trump made, and his friends and his opponents corrected him, I think, quite adequately. Now this most recent statement he’s made, I would say its okay, its still not as enthusiastic as it should be. I was proud to be veteran of the Naval Academy like John McCain, and his heroism in the war and his service to the military in general and also his service in the Congress of the United States made me proud to be a fellow graduate at the same institution.”
Carter went on to say Trump has a “problem” putting his political squabbles aside, even with his new statement recognizing McCain’s lifetime of work in public service.
Carter also made an appearance today on Fox Business, where he admonished Trump’s handling of the McCain fiasco as part of a wide-ranging interview. Be sure to check out the interesting moment in which Neil Cavuto spoke about interning for Carter back in the day.
Watch above, via MSNBC and Fox Business.
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