Former President Trump and former first lady Melania Trump marked the death of Rosalynn Carter in a statement Sunday highlighting her “legacy of extraordinary accomplishment and national service.”
“Melania and I join all Americans in mourning the loss of Rosalynn Carter,” Trump posted on his Truth Social media platform. “She was a devoted First Lady, a great humanitarian, a champion for mental health, and a beloved wife to her husband for 77 years, President Carter.”
“Over a life spanning nearly a century, Rosalynn Carter earned the admiration and gratitude of our entire nation,” he wrote.
Rosalynn Carter died Sunday afternoon at 96 years old, just two days after she entered hospice care. She is survived by her husband, former President Carter, who entered hospice care in February. He is 99 years old.
The Carters and Trumps have diverged significantly on policy matters, and the two presidents have exchanged barbs in the past, but President Trump’s statement struck a gracious note.
“From her days as a U.S. Navy spouse, to the Georgia Governor’s Mansion, to her tenure as First Lady of the United States, and her later work at the Carter Center and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, she leaves behind a legacy of extraordinary accomplishment and national service,” he wrote. “Our prayers are with the former president, the Carter family, and the entire community of Plains, Georgia, that she loved so much!”
Melania Trump posted separately about her fellow first lady.
“Rosalynn Carter leaves behind a meaningful legacy not only as First Lady but as a wife and mother. We will always remember her servant’s heart and devotion to her husband, family, and country. May she rest in peace,” she wrote on Truth Social.
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