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AP FACT CHECK: Do ex-presidents back Trump wall? They say no

/ 04:16 PM January 08, 2019
AP FACT CHECK: Do ex-presidents back Trump wall? They say no

President Donald Trump speaks on the South Lawn of the White House as he walks from Marine One, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Washington. Trump returned from a trip to Camp David. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s recent claim that his predecessors endorsed his idea of a wall at the Mexican border got no support from the ex-presidents’ club.

Trump stated in a Rose Garden news conference Friday: “This should have been done by all of the presidents that preceded me. And they all know it. Some of them have told me that we should have done it.”

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THE FACTS:  The four living ex-presidents do not back him up on this claim.

  • “I have not discussed the border wall with President Trump, and do not support him on the issue,” said Jimmy Carter.
  • “The answer is no,” said Angel Urena, speaking for Bill Clinton. “In fact, they’ve not talked since the inauguration.”
  • George W. Bush has not discussed the wall with Trump, said spokesman Freddy Ford.
  • Barack Obama’s office did not respond except to send along some of his past comments on the subject, such as this one from May 2016: “Suggesting that we can build an endless wall along our borders, and blame our challenges on immigrants — that doesn’t just run counter to our history as the world’s melting pot; it contradicts the evidence that our growth and our innovation and our dynamism has always been spurred by our ability to attract strivers from every corner of the globe.”

Since Trump’s inauguration, his only interaction with Obama was a quick exchange at President George H.W. Bush’s funeral. /kga

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