Former President Jimmy Carter is interested in playing a role in the current president's administration, and he's apparently not above a little flattery to help himself get it. In an interview with New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, Carter says that he would like to go to North Korea on a diplomatic mission to see if he can help calm tensions between Pyongyang and Washington, DC. "I would go, yes," he says. Carter even says he offered his services to Donald Trump's national security advisor, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, when the two men sat together at the funeral of Carter's national security advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinki, in May. McMaster declined the offer, but, the 93-year-old Carter says, "I told him that I was available if they ever need me."
In the Dowd column, Carter also expresses opinions about Trump and current events that might be surprising coming from a Democrat, especially one Trump once mocked for being "considered the worst President in the history of the United States!" For example, Carter doubts the effect Russia had on the 2016 presidential election, expresses ambivalence about Confederate monuments, and says NFL players "ought to find a different way to object" than kneeling during the national anthem. He even says, "I think the media have been harder on Trump than any other president certainly that I’ve known about."