Monday, May 1, 2017

Jimmy Carter Being Honored By Argentina Vetoed By Donald Trump Is Unproven Claim

President Donald Trump vetoed Argentina's decision to honor former President Jimmy Carter is an unproven claim. A chain of blog posts advanced a rumor that Trump forced Argentina not to honor Carter in April 2017.

Where did this rumor originate? In late April 2017, rumors appeared that Trump had applied pressure to the Argentinian government to "rescind" an award that they planned to bestow upon former Carter. For example, the The Intellectualist reported the following story about a possible involvement by Trump's administration to halt an award being given to Carter.

"The Trump administration pressured the government of Argentine President Mauricio Macri to rescind an award to former Democratic President Jimmy Carter. Carter, a frequent critic of the authoritarian tendencies of the Trump administration, was set to be honored by Argentina with the Order of the Liberator General San Martín, the equivalent to America's Medal of Freedom, however, the Trump administration moved to quash this."

CNN Español reported the same, citing an unidentified source to collaborate the rumor. The award would be delayed, the source said, to "avoid conflict" with Macri's visit to the White House. However, CNN also cited a second source saying that Macri would not have time to give Carter the honor because his visit to Washington D.C. was only two days long. Whether this actual reason for the delay was just a schedule reason is undetermined.

Here are some reactions on social media to the rumor about Trump having a role in Carter's delayed award.

The Argentinian government had announced on March 30, 2017 that Carter would be receiving the Order of San Martín, calling him "a defender of human rights" during his presidency and praising his offer in 1979 to accept up to 3,000 people who had been detained by the country's ruling junta at the time. However, the announcement did not specify that Carter would be honored during Macri's visit.

The Argentinian embassy has yet to comment about the rumor. However, a spokesperson for the Carter Center, the not-for-profit group founded by the former president, told Snopes that:

President Carter is honored to receive this prestigious award from Argentina, and looks forward to accepting it in Atlanta at a date yet to be determined.

Trump said during Macri's visit that the U.S. and Argentina would be "great friends, better than ever before." Prior to this visit, the two heads of state also spoke shortly after Trump's election in November 2016, a conversation that was reportedly arranged following a "friendly and cordial" discussion between Trump's son Eric and Felipe Yaryura, an Argentinian businessman with ties to both Trump and Macri's administration.

Yaryura allegedly put the younger Trump in contact with Argentinian Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra, leading to the phone call between Macri and the president-elect. President-ElectTrump also allegedly asked Macri for approval on an office tower bearing his name in Buenos Aires, an allegation denied by both administrations.

However, Trump's relationship with Macri's family reaches back to the 1980s, when Trump tried to forge a partnership with Macri's father, Francisco Macri, between 1982 and 1985. After the two parted ways, Trump reportedly referred to the elder Macri as a "know-nothing."

Carter served as the 39th President of the United States from 1977 to 1981. He was awarded the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize for work to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.

What did you think of the rumor about Trump vetoing an honor being bestowed on Carter? Did you see any evidence to support it? Let us know in the comments section.

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