All living former presidents refute Trump's claim they privately voiced support for border wall
All four living ex-presidents have publicly rebuffed President Trump’s claim that they privately gushed about the need for a massive wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Trump made the questionable remark during a raucous press conference in the White House Rose Garden on Friday while defending his refusing to reopen the government without Congress first earmarking at least $5 billion for a behemoth barrier on the border.
“This should have been done by all of the presidents that preceded me and they all know it," Trump said of his wall obsession. "Some of them have told me that we should have done it.”
Angel Urena, a spokesman for Bill Clinton, quickly came out affirming the 42nd President had never told Trump anything to that effect. “In fact, they’ve not talked since the inauguration,” Urena said.
Freddy Ford, a spokesman for George W. Bush, followed suit and said the former President had never discussed such a thing with Trump.
A spokesman for Barack Obama declined to provide new comment but pointed to a pertinent May 2016 remark from the 44th President: “The world is more interconnected than ever before, and it’s becoming more connected every day. Building walls won’t change that.”
Finally, former President Jimmy Carter came out Monday rejecting Trump’s claim.
“I have not discussed the border wall with President Trump, and do not support him on the issue,” Carter said in a statement.
A White House spokeswoman did not return a request for comment, but even Trump’s own acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney wouldn’t back up his boss’s long-shot assertion.
“I have no idea,” Mulvaney told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday when asked about who Trump was talking about. “I have not asked the President that question.”