Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter says Trump can thank Russian interference for his 2016 win

Jimmy Carter. Photo: NurPhoto/Contributor/Getty Images

Former President Jimmy Carter said Friday that a thorough investigation into the 2016 presidential election would reveal that President Trump would not have won the presidency without the help of Russian interference, the Washington Post reports.

What he's saying: "There's no doubt that Russians did interfere in the election, and I think the interference, although not yet quantified, if fully investigated would show that Trump didn't actually win the election in 2016," he said at a Carter Center conference in Virginia. He also indicated that he considers Trump to be an "illegitimate president."

Jimmy Carter, 94, teaches first Sunday school class since hip surgery

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter speaks to the congregation at Maranatha Baptist Church before teaching Sunday school in his hometown of Plains, Georgia.
Former President Jimmy Carter. Photo: Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Former President Jimmy Carter discussed health setbacks and a recent phone call from a "very gracious" President Trump as he returned to teach his first Sunday school class in Georgia since breaking a hip, WSB-TV first reported.

Details: He thanked members of Maranatha Baptist Church of Plains for their support and revealed that his wife, Rosalynn, had a health scare, but they're OK and have home nursing care. He said Trump thanked him for a letter he'd sent on his administration's trade issues with Japan. He recounted Trump saying "the Chinese were getting way ahead" of the U.S. "in many ways."

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