Former President Jimmy Carter denied ever supporting President Donald Trump’s border wall, contradicting the current commander in chief’s claim that previous presidents confided they regret not building a physical barrier on the Mexican border.
“I have not discussed the border wall with President Trump, and do not support him on the issue,” Carter said through a statement released Monday by the Carter Center.
Carter’s statement joins other denials from all other living presidents, with the exception of Barack Obama, whose spokesperson declined to comment when contacted by POLITICO last week. But Obama has not met with Trump since the funeral of George H. W. Bush in early December, and at Trump’s 2017 inauguration before then.
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
— The Carter Center (@CarterCenter) January 7, 2019