Mr. Trump has threatened to declare a national emergency to get a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. He even went so far as to say that some former presidents had discussed the subject with him and expressed that they regret not building a wall during their terms.
There are four living ex-presidents. President Trump says "some of them" have told him we should have built a border wall in the past. pic.twitter.com/ReFDDlmKmp
— Josh Campbell (@joshscampbell) January 4, 2019
On Monday, former President Jimmy Carter, who served from 1977-1981, reported via The Carter Center on Twitter that he has never discussed the border wall with Trump. In addition, he stated that he does not support Mr. Trump on the issue.
‘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’
Spokespeople for former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton said that neither of them had spoken to Trump about the wall, and Barack Obama hasn’t spoken to Trump about anything since the inauguration with the exception of exchanging a few words at former President George H.W. Bush’s funeral.
According to Slate:
‘Former President Bill Clinton’s spokesman, Angel Ureña, made it clear to Politico that if anyone had said that, it certainly wasn’t Clinton. “He did not,” Ureña said. “In fact, they’ve not talked since the inauguration.” Former President George W. Bush’s spokesman, Freddy Ford, also said the two never discussed the issue. Former President Barack Obama, meanwhile, hasn’t spoken Trump once since the inauguration except for exchanging a few words at former President George H.W. Bush’s funeral. Plus, Obama has often criticized Trump’s push for a wall.’
Obama has long expressed support for the fact that the U.S. is a nation of immigrants. In 2015, according to The Seattle Times:
‘In the fight against extremism, President Obama argues the U.S. has one thing going for it that Europe doesn’t: a long tradition of warmly embracing its immigrants…’
Former Vice President Joe Biden also commented, saying:
‘I can’t think of a single one who said that.’
President Donald Trump said other presidents have told him "they wished they had built a wall." Former Vice President Joe Biden can't think of a single one.https://t.co/q1hTBws4eI pic.twitter.com/H3yUp59Bpm
— Circa (@Circa) January 5, 2019
White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told CNN:
‘I have no idea. I haven’t asked the president that question.’
Mulvaney continued by saying:
‘I don’t know what the presidents mean when they say they weren’t supporting a wall. George Bush was president in 2006 when they signed a Secure Fence Act, which is what we’re using to build the wall.’
CNN’s Jake Tapper: Which former presidents told President Trump that they should have built a wall along the US-Mexico border previously?
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) January 6, 2019
Here’s what Twitter had to say to Carter:
On Sunday, Trump continued to push the issue that the wall had bipartisan support contrary to facts. Trump tweeted:
‘The only reason they do not want to build a Wall is that Walls Work! 99% of our illegal Border crossings will end, crime in our Country will go way down and we will save billions of dollars a year!’
He also quoted Barack Obama in 2005 as saying:
‘We simply cannot allow people to pour into the United States undetected, undocumented, unchecked…’
As most intelligent people already know, Mr. Trump will lie as much as he can if it gives him what he wants. Trump will address the nation on Tuesday evening to make another plea for the wall.
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