“I was hoping he was on the Appalachian Trail. But I was not worried about his safety. I was hoping he was doing some real soul searching somewhere and devastated to find out it was Argentina. It’s tragic.”

In her first extended comments on the affair, Sanford recalled how her husband repeatedly sought permission to visit his lover in the months after she discovered his infidelity.

“I said absolutely not. It’s one thing to forgive adultery; it’s another thing to condone it,” she told The Associated Press during a 20-minute interview at the coastal home where she sought refuge with their four sons…

“You would think that a father who didn’t have contact with his children, if he wanted those children, he would toe the line a little bit,” she said.