They are not with him.
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 end the government shutdown without Congress first agreeing to use taxpayer dollars to fund the construction of a behemoth border barrier.
“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.”
Trump, who has a notoriously tenuous relationship with the truth, has refused to sign any government spending package that doesn’t tuck away at least $5 billion in taxpayer cash for a border project he used to promise Mexico would pay for.
With no end in sight, the shutdown entered its 17th day on Monday and appeared slated to become one of the longest in American history.
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