“I think President Carter can help (President Trump) for the sake of the country,” Khanna told CNN.
Politico first reported Carter’s willingness to assist Trump.
Khanna said Carter, 94, could provide useful experience and historical context to current negotiations.
“I think it would be so profound because he could talk to Kim Jong Un about his grandfather and the framework he established,” Khanna said.
Regardless of whether Trump accepts Carter’s offer, the former President has already agreed to work alongside Khanna and develop a framework for peace between the United States and North Korea, the congressman said.
Robert Malley, a conflict resolution specialist who served on the National Security Council under President Barack Obama, will also be working on the project, Khanna said.
In their meeting Thursday, Khanna said Carter told him that the one thing missing from his resolution to end the war with North Korea was a step-by-step process for achieving peace.
“When I said ‘who could I work with’ (Carter) laughed and he said ‘me,'” Khanna said.
Carter told the California Democrat that he felt his negotiations with Kim Il Sung, which included an agreement with 12 broad principles, could be applied as a framework for peace today.
Malley and Khanna will work on a framework together before emailing it to Carter’s chief of staff, the congressman said.
He added that the goal is to finish the framework “in the next couple weeks” and pass it on to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the administration and Trump.
“I would love for President Carter to have a conversation with President Trump or with Secretary Pompeo,” Khanna said. “Or to have him play a role.”
Khanna said this is an opportunity to work across the aisle on a topic where Carter supports Trump.
Although Carter, who has fought cancer and had other health struggles, no longer travels internationally, he told Khanna that North Korea is the “one place he would be willing to go.”