Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday struggled to defend President Donald Trump’s claims that all former presidents have expressed support for the construction of a border wall.
“This should have been done by all of the presidents that preceded me, and they all know it,” Trump boasted during a news conference without providing evidence. “Some of them have told me that we should have done it.”
On Today, Pence said Trump was referring to “border security” after NBC’s Hallie Jackson told Pence that “all the representatives” of previous presidents “have denied that is the case.”
And Pence tried to defend Trump’s indefensible lie.
“I know the president has said that that was his impression from previous administrations, previous presidents,” Pence said. “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.”
Watch the awkward exchange below:
“Which former presidents told President Trump, as he said, that he should’ve built a wall? All their representatives have denied that that was the case.” @halliejackson to @VP Mike Pence pic.twitter.com/7xAH05aheE
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 8, 2019
While border security has been an important issue throughout many administrations, all four living former commanders-in-chief have denied ever speaking to Trump about a border wall.
Many believe that Pence is just lying—as is the expectation of the current administration.
mike pence is not good at lying
— Pashie Bee (@Sister_Bee) January 8, 2019
He said “honestly” 😂😂 and this dude really calls himself a Christian
— Brian Vincent (@itsBrianVincent) January 8, 2019
The fact remains, no former president told trump they should have built a wall. Therefore, trump lied. There’s no other way to spin it. He lied to the American people, again.
— JoAnn (@JoAnnNYNY) January 8, 2019
That was such a sad attempt at lying. The first five seconds of his response plus that deep sigh and complete non-answer
— Mentz (@ZachMentz) January 8, 2019
Mother won’t be happy…Mikey is not only telling a fib, but he’s sitting in the proximity of another woman.
— Professor Vulpes (@cyclodog) January 8, 2019
Some are disappointed that the media lets Trump and Pence lie with impunity.