The surviving four former presidents of the United States are refuting a claim made by current President Donald Trump.
“This should have been done by all of the presidents that preceded me, and they all know it,” Trump said at a news conference. “Some of them have told me that we should have done it.”
Unfortunately for Trump, former President Jimmy Carter has now joined the other three former presidents in openly declaring that the statement is not true.
“I have not discussed the border wall with President Trump, and do not support him on the issue,” Carter announced via statement from his presidential center.
Politico was informed by spokesmen for former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush that neither of them has held such a discussion with Trump.
A spokesman for former President Barack Obama declined to comment. This isn’t surprising given that aside from a small greeting at George H.W. Bush’s funeral, Obama has not spoken with Trump at all since leaving office in 2017.
Yet Obama has condemned Trump’s plan for a border wall on numerous occasions.
“We can’t just put walls up all around America. Walls don’t keep out threats like terrorism or disease ― and that’s why we propose leading our alliances and helping other countries develop, and pushing back against tyrants,” Obama had previously said.
While this wouldn’t be the first time President Trump has made erroneous claims, Vice President Mike Pence appeared on NBC’s “Today” to support the president by implying his statement was based on impression and not conversation.
“I know the president has said that that was his impression from previous administrations, previous presidents,” Pence remarked. “I know I’ve seen clips of previous presidents talking about the importance of border security, the importance of addressing the issue of illegal immigration.”