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CNN Political Unit
Published: 21 February 2013

(CNN) -- The nation's 39th president has no relationship with its 44th.

That's how Jimmy Carter described his interaction with President Barack Obama in an interview with CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight" last January. Carter will sit down with Morgan again for an interview set to air Thursday.

"We don't have any relationship," Carter said back then. "I met with him earlier in his administration, but we don't really have any relationship."

"I wish it was a closer relationship," he said later, adding that he still gets government briefings before he travels to overseas hot spots, including Egypt and North Korea.

Since his unsuccessful re-election bid in 1980, the 39th president has dedicated his time to working on global human rights issues. He was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.

While Carter endorsed Obama during his 2012 bid for re-election and addressed the Democratic National Convention in a pre-recorded video, he hasn't always spoken favorably about his fellow Democrat.

He harshly criticized Obama's administration in an interview with the New York Times in October, saying during a trip to Israel that, "The U.S. government policy the last two to three years has basically been a rapid withdrawal from any kind of controversy."

"Every president has been a very powerful factor here in advocating this two-state solution. That is now not apparent," he added later.


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