Fact Check: All Four Former Presidents Shoot Down Trump’s Claim They Told Him to Build Wall
President Donald Trump‘s predecessors are throwing cold water on his claim that they share his interest in having a wall built on the U.S. southern border.
As Trump continues to fight for his wall on the 18th day of the government shutdown, he has recently pushed the notion that past presidents support his pursuit.
“This should have been done by all of the presidents that preceded me,” Trump said on Friday at the White House. “And they all know it. Some of them have told me that we should have done it.”
As it were, Washington Post contacted the press teams of all four former presidents who are still alive, none of whom say they support Trump’s wall.
Jimmy Carter made his thoughts plain in this statement through his humanitarian organization.
Clarification from former U.S. President Jimmy Carter:
“I have not discussed the border wall with President Trump, and do not support him on the issue.” — Jimmy Carter
— The Carter Center (@CarterCenter) January 7, 2019
A spokesperson for Bill Clinton says the former president has not spoken to Trump since his inauguration, much less voiced support for the wall. Likewise, George W. Bush spokesman Freddy Ford says the two presidents have never discussed the matter.
Finally, Barack Obama‘s spokesman Eric Shultz pointed to his boss’s past statements to say his opposition to Trump’s wall is as clear as its ever been.
George H.W. Bush‘s press team was also contacted, though they declined to comment, saying it was too soon after his death to involve the former president in such things.
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