Former US Presidents Deny Trump’s Claim That They Privately Support His Border Wall

Spokespeople for former Presidents Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton have all denied having told President Trump that they regret not having built a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border while they were in office.

Former President Carter on Monday became the latest former president to deny the claim made by Trump last week.

“I have not discussed the border wall with President Trump, and do not support him on the issue,” Carter, who served as president from 1977 to 1981, said in a statement issued through the nonprofit Carter Center.

Clinton spokesman Angel Ureña told Politico last week that the former president had not talked about the subject with Trump.

“In fact, they’ve not talked since the inauguration,” Ureña added.

Bush spokesman Freddy Ford also told Politico that the two had not talked about his wishes for a border wall.

Former President Obama has not weighed in on the subject.

Obama criticized the idea behind it Trump’s border wall in a 2016 speech:

“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.”

“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 said in a speech in September.

Trump said at the Rose Garden last week that former presidents have told him they wished they had built a wall themselves while they were in office.

“This should have been done by all of the presidents that preceded me,” Trump said Friday. “And they all know it. Some of them have told me that we should have done it.”