The president of Argentina was set to give former U.S. President Jimmy Carter the highest honor that can be given to a foreign individual, but was apparently convinced to halt or at least postpone the honor due to influence from the Trump administration.
According to CNN, Argentine President Mauricio Macri was to give the award, officially titled the Order of the Liberator San Martin, to Carter during Macri’s recent visit to the United States. The award was to be given to Carter in recognition for his work to strengthen human rights during the dictatorship of Jorge Rafael Videla in Argentina during the 1970s and 1980s.
Officially, the delay of the award was announced because of scheduling conflicts. But a source familiar with the events that unfolded told CNN that the delay was actually due to a request from the Trump administration, who wanted to “avoid conflicts” between the two nations.
It’s no secret that Donald Trump isn’t a fan of Jimmy Carter. And in recent days, the administration warned Carter to back off any attempts to reach a peace deal between North Korea and the U.S., something that Carter was instrumental in setting up in 1994 during the Bill Clinton administration.
It’s unclear whether the Argentine government will schedule another time to give Carter the honor he’s deserving of. When reached for comment, a spokesperson for the former president did not know any details about when Carter would meet with President Macri or other Argentine officials in the future to receive the award.