Pence defends Trump’s claims about former presidents supporting wall

President+Donald+Trump+speaks+at+the+2015+Conservative+Political+Action++Conference+in+Maryland.
Back to Article
Back to Article

Pence defends Trump’s claims about former presidents supporting wall

President Donald Trump speaks at the 2015 Conservative Political Action  Conference in Maryland.

President Donald Trump speaks at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland.

Gage Skidmore on Flickr

President Donald Trump speaks at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland.

Gage Skidmore on Flickr

Gage Skidmore on Flickr

President Donald Trump speaks at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland.

Allison A., Editor-in-Chief

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






In recent weeks, President Donald Trump has made statements that former living presidents have given their explicit support of the wall that will prevent immigrants from illegally migrating to America.

“This should have been done by all the presidents that preceded me, and they all know it,” Trump said at a press conference about the wall Friday. “Some of them have told me that we should have done it.”

However, there are only four former living presidents and all four of them made it clear they were not in favor of the wall and had never discussed it with Trump.

“I have not discussed the border wall with Trump and do not support him on the issue,” said oldest former living president Jimmy Carter in a tweet on Monday. Carter made it clear through Twitter that the living presidents supporting the wall did not include him.

Former President Barack Obama passed along a previous quote that he used in September 2016 at a United Nation’s Assembly: “A nation ringed by walls would only imprison itself,” he said to CNN.

Freddy Ford, spokesman for former President George W. Bush, told CNN that Trump and Bush have not talked about the wall. “They haven’t discussed this.”

Former President Bill Clinton’s spokesman Angel Urena stated that Clinton “never said that,” and later said that “they’ve not talked since inauguration.”

In an interview with NBC News’ reporter Hallie Jackson on Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence fought to defend Trump’s lies that former presidents share their support for his wall.

“I know the president has said that that was his impression from previous administrations, previous presidents. 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,” Pence said to Jackson.

Pence’s defense statement parallels with a Trump Administration official’s comment to The New York Times on Monday. “[Trump] might have been referring to public comments made by previous presidents on behalf of border security, though not the wall specifically or directly to Mr. Trump.”

ABC News’ reporter Jonathan Karl asked Pence, “how can [Trump’s] word be trusted on this, when he has said so many things that are just not true about the crisis?”

Pence answered back that, “the American people aren’t as concerned about the political debate.”