President Biden on Thursday met with former President Jimmy Carter at his home in southern Georgia as the White House denied the stop was made because Carter’s health is failing.
Biden and first lady Jill Biden privately visited with Carter, 96, for less than an hour in Plains, Ga., before traveling north for an evening drive-in rally near Atlanta.
Former first lady Rosalynn Carter, 93, emerged from the home pushing a walker as the Bidens departed, but reporters did not see the ex-president.
White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters en route to Georgia that the stop wasn’t motivated by any non-public health information concerning Carter, who has lived longer than any other US president.
While reporters and photographers saw former First lady Rosalynn Carter, Jimmy Carter was not seen.Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters
“The president and the first lady have a long-standing friendship with President Carter and Mrs. Carter. President Biden actually spoke to them, President Carter, the night before