Carter to Trump: shun military action, keep country at peace
14:30, Thursday, 12 April, 2018
Expressing pride in his own record of peace, former President Jimmy Carter warned that President Donald Trump should steer clear of any military action involving Syria or other world hot spots and avoid a nuclear attack at all costs.
“I pray that he would keep our country at peace and not exaggerate or exacerbate the challenges that come up with North Korea, in Russia or in Syria,” Carter said in an interview Wednesday. “I hope he realizes very profoundly as I did, and as other presidents have done, that any nuclear exchange could involve catastrophe for all human beings.”
The 93-year-old former president added that even a lesser military attack “is a dangerous thing” than can spiral out of control.
His remarks come after Trump said he’s considering military action against Syria in response to a suspected chemical attack on civilians. Russia has countered that such a move would have “grave repercussions.”