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A version of this story was first published by Member State WABE .
President Donald Trump last week called this past weekend to former president.
Carter revealed the news during his regular Sunday School lesson at his home church, Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia, on Sunday morning. ] Earlier this year, former President Carter Trump sent a letter with some advice on managing the relationship between the United States and China. Carter monitored the normalization of diplomatic relations between the countries 40 years ago.
On Saturday night, Trump Carter called to talk about it. It was the first time they had spoken, Carter said. He said Trump told him that he is particularly concerned about how China faces us.
Carter said he agreed with Trump about this issue.
"And do you know why?" So Carter. "I normalized diplomatic relations with China in 1979. Since 1979, you know how many times China has been at war with someone? None. And we have stayed in war," he said. (China and Vietnam actually struggled in a short border war in early 1979, weeks after US relations with China normalized.)
Carter said the United States was "the most ruthless nation in the history of the world" because of a desire to introduce US values in other countries and he proposed that China invest its resources in projects such as high-speed rail rather than defense spending.
"How many miles of high-speed trains do we have in this country?"  Zero, the assembly replied.
"We've wasted, I think, $ 3 trillion," Carter says, referring to US military spending. "China has not wasted a single penny on war and that's why they are ahead of us. In almost every way."
"And I think the difference is if you take $ 3 trillion and put it in US infrastructure, you would probably have $ 2 trillion left. We would have high speed trains. We would have bridges that didn't collapse, we would have roads Our education system would be as good as what is said to be South Korea or Hong Kong.
"I did not compare my country negatively to China," Carter qualified. "I just pointed it out because I happened to call last night." 19659011] The former president said he understood that Trump is concerned that China surpasses the United States as the world's largest economic superpower. I do not criticize him – this morning, "Carter said laughing from the audience." The White House confirmed the call in a statement released Monday.
"President Jimmy Carter wrote President Trump a beautiful letter on the ongoing negotiations with China and on Saturday they had a very good phone call on President Trump's attitude to trade with China and many other topics, "said the statement, which was not" attributed to the spokesman.
Much of Carter's Palm Sunday reading was focused on peace and kindness before an audience that mostly consisted of visitors, many of whom had lined up overnight for the service.
Last month, Carter became the nation's longest living president.