"As a former president can you explain or justify an American president for hours and hours refusing to lower the American flag and not even mentioning the death of an American hero, a former prisoner of war?" she asked Carter, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis like McCain.
Rosalynn and Jimmy Carter at work on Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, in Mishawaka, Indiana as part of Habitat’s Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project.
A little later, she pressed Carter for some more possible insight into the current Oval Office occupant:
"There's a pettiness in the President's responses to these people that he has rivalries with. In the moment of death of an American hero can't you overcome those political differences?" she asked.
"Well, most people can and I think that President Trump has a problem with that on occasion," Carter responded. "But I'm grateful that he finally made a statement that I think his – I'd say at the best adequate, now that the flag is going to be lowered during an appropriate period on behalf of John McCain to remember him, I think is very good. So, I'm glad to see that it was done, although it was tardy and mistaken at first."
Two memorial services were planned for McCain. The first was held Wednesday at the Arizona state Capitol. The second is scheduled for Saturday at the Washington National Cathedral.
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