Do ex-presidents back Trump wall? They say no

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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."

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.

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Associated Press writer Zeke Miller contributed to this report.

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HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 06: (AFP-OUT) Former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush watch as the flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honor guard to a Union Pacific train on December 6, 2018 in Houston, Texas. President Bush will be buried at his final resting place at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. A WWII combat veteran, Bush served as a member of Congress from Texas, ambassador to the United Nations, director of the CIA, vice president and 41st president of the United States. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
Attendees stand during a funeral service for former U.S. President George H.W. Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, U.S., on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. Bush, the longest-living president in U.S. history at age 94, died at his home in Houston on November 30. In his one term in the White House he fashioned a restrained response to the Soviet Union's collapse and assembled the multinational coalition that liberated Kuwait from an Iraqi invasion. Photographer: David J. Phillip/ Pool via Bloomberg
HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 06: (AFP-OUT) Houston Texan J.J. Watt arrives before a funeral service for former President George H.W. Bush at St. Martins Episcopal Church on December 6, 2018 in Houston, Texas. President Bush will be buried at his final resting place at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. A WWII combat veteran, Bush served as a member of Congress from Texas, ambassador to the United Nations, director of the CIA, vice president and 41st president of the United States. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 06: (AFP-OUT) The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honor guard on December 6, 2018 in Houston, Texas. President Bush will be buried at his final resting place at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. A WWII combat veteran, Bush served as a member of Congress from Texas, ambassador to the United Nations, director of the CIA, vice president and 41st president of the United States. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
Attendees sit during a funeral service for former U.S. President George H.W. Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, U.S., on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. Bush, the longest-living president in U.S. history at age 94, died at his home in Houston on November 30. In his one term in the White House he fashioned a restrained response to the Soviet Union's collapse and assembled the multinational coalition that liberated Kuwait from an Iraqi invasion. Photographer: David J. Phillip/ Pool via Bloomberg
SPRING, TEXAS - DECEMBER 06: A Military honor guard carry the casket of former President George H.W. Bush aboard a Union Pacific locomotive, painted to look like Air Force One, on December 6, 2018 in Spring, Texas. President Bush will be buried at his final resting place at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. A WWII combat veteran, Bush served as a member of Congress from Texas, ambassador to the United Nations, director of the CIA, vice president and 41st president of the United States. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 06: (AFP-OUT) Rev. Russell J. Levenson Jr., speaks during a funeral service for former President George H.W. Bush at St. Martins Episcopal Church on December 6, 2018 in Houston, Texas. President Bush will be buried at his final resting place at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. A WWII combat veteran, Bush served as a member of Congress from Texas, ambassador to the United Nations, director of the CIA, vice president and 41st president of the United States. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 06: (AFP-OUT) Former President George W. Bush arrives for a funeral service for former President George H.W. Bush at St. Martins Episcopal Church on December 6, 2018 in Houston, Texas. President Bush will be buried at his final resting place at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. A WWII combat veteran, Bush served as a member of Congress from Texas, ambassador to the United Nations, director of the CIA, vice president and 41st president of the United States. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
SPRING, TEXAS - DECEMBER 06: A military band waits on the funeral procession of former President George H.W. Bush to arrive on December 6, 2018 in Spring, Texas. President Bush will be buried at his final resting place at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. A WWII combat veteran, Bush served as a member of Congress from Texas, ambassador to the United Nations, director of the CIA, vice president and 41st president of the United States. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 06: (AFP-OUT) Family members and friends pray during a funeral service for former President George H.W. Bush at St. Martins Episcopal Church on December 6, 2018 in Houston, Texas. President Bush will be buried at his final resting place at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. A WWII combat veteran, Bush served as a member of Congress from Texas, ambassador to the United Nations, director of the CIA, vice president and 41st president of the United States. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 06: (AFP-OUT) Former President George W. Bush embraces former Secretary of State James Baker, right, after he gave a eulogy during the funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, on December 6, 2018 in Houston, Texas. President Bush will be buried at his final resting place at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. A WWII combat veteran, Bush served as a member of Congress from Texas, ambassador to the United Nations, director of the CIA, vice president and 41st president of the United States. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 06: (AFP-OUT) Reba McEntire sings 'The Lord's Prayer' during a funeral service for former President George H.W. Bush at St. Martins Episcopal Church on December 6, 2018 in Houston, Texas. President Bush will be buried at his final resting place at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. A WWII combat veteran, Bush served as a member of Congress from Texas, ambassador to the United Nations, director of the CIA, vice president and 41st president of the United States. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
Dikembe Mutombo a former professional basketball player with the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Houston Rockets, attends a funeral service for former U.S. President George H.W. Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, U.S., on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. Bush, the longest-living president in U.S. history at age 94, died at his home in Houston on November 30. In his one term in the White House he fashioned a restrained response to the Soviet Union's collapse and assembled the multinational coalition that liberated Kuwait from an Iraqi invasion. Photographer: David J. Phillip/ Pool via Bloomberg
Members of the Oak Ridge Boys Joe Bonsall, from left, William Lee Golden, and Richard Sturban arrive to a funeral service for former U.S. President George H.W. Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, U.S., on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. Bush, the longest-living president in U.S. history at age 94, died at his home in Houston on November 30. In his one term in the White House he fashioned a restrained response to the Soviet Union's collapse and assembled the multinational coalition that liberated Kuwait from an Iraqi invasion. Photographer: David J. Phillip/ Pool via Bloomberg
Yao Ming, a former professional basketball player with the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Houston Rockets, attends a funeral service for former U.S. President George H.W. Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, U.S., on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. Bush, the longest-living president in U.S. history at age 94, died at his home in Houston on November 30. In his one term in the White House he fashioned a restrained response to the Soviet Union's collapse and assembled the multinational coalition that liberated Kuwait from an Iraqi invasion. Photographer: David J. Phillip/ Pool via Bloomberg
HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 06: (AFP-OUT) Police on horseback salute as the hearse carrying the flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush heads to the Union Pacific train facility on December 6, 2018 in Houston, Texas. President Bush will be buried at his final resting place at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. A WWII combat veteran, Bush served as a member of Congress from Texas, ambassador to the United Nations, director of the CIA, vice president and 41st president of the United States. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
Elizabeth Dwen Andrews, granddaughter of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, reads a scripture passage during a funeral service at St. Martins Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, U.S., on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. Bush, the longest-living president in U.S. history at age 94, died at his home in Houston on November 30. In his one term in the White House he fashioned a restrained response to the Soviet Union's collapse and assembled the multinational coalition that liberated Kuwait from an Iraqi invasion. Photographer: Photographer: David J. Phillip/ Pool via Bloomberg
James Baker, former U.S. Secretary of State, speaks during a funeral service for former U.S. President George H.W. Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, U.S., on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. Bush, the longest-living president in U.S. history at age 94, died at his home in Houston on November 30. In his one term in the White House he fashioned a restrained response to the Soviet Union's collapse and assembled the multinational coalition that liberated Kuwait from an Iraqi invasion. Photographer: David J. Phillip/ Pool via Bloomberg
George P. Bush, son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, speaks during a funeral service for former U.S. President George H.W. Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, U.S., on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. Bush, the longest-living president in U.S. history at age 94, died at his home in Houston on November 30. In his one term in the White House he fashioned a restrained response to the Soviet Union's collapse and assembled the multinational coalition that liberated Kuwait from an Iraqi invasion. Photographer: David J. Phillip/ Pool via Bloomberg
HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 06: (AFP-OUT) Former President George W. Bush embraces former Secretary of State James Baker, right, after he gave a eulogy during the funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, on December 6, 2018 in Houston, Texas. President Bush will be buried at his final resting place at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. A WWII combat veteran, Bush served as a member of Congress from Texas, ambassador to the United Nations, director of the CIA, vice president and 41st president of the United States. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 06: (AFP-OUT) Nancy Ellis LeBlond Sosa, left, and Georgia Grace Koch read scripture during a funeral service for former President George H.W. Bush at St. Martins Episcopal Church on December 6, 2018 in Houston, Texas. President Bush will be buried at his final resting place at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. A WWII combat veteran, Bush served as a member of Congress from Texas, ambassador to the United Nations, director of the CIA, vice president and 41st president of the United States. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 06: (AFP-OUT) Granddaughter Barbara Pierce Bush reads scripture during a funeral service for former President George H.W. Bush at St. Martins Episcopal Church on December 6, 2018 in Houston, Texas. At back are Elizabeth Dwen Andrews, left, and Marshall Lloyd Bush. President Bush will be buried at his final resting place at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. A WWII combat veteran, Bush served as a member of Congress from Texas, ambassador to the United Nations, director of the CIA, vice president and 41st president of the United States. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 06: Actor Chuck Norris (R) arrives with other guests for the funeral of President George H.W. Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church on December 6, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bush, who died on November 30, will be buried on the campus of Texas A&M University behind his library center in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
The casket of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush sits on the repose at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, U.S., on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. Bush, the longest-living president in U.S. history at age 94, died at his home in Houston on November 30. In his one term in the White House he fashioned a restrained response to the Soviet Union's collapse and assembled the multinational coalition that liberated Kuwait from an Iraqi invasion. Photographer: David J. Phillip/Pool via Bloomberg
Former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush talk with Neil Bush and his wife Maria after a funeral service for former President George H.W. Bush at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Houston, as Jeb Bush listens. David J. Phillip/Pool via REUTERS
Former U.S. President George W. Bush shakes hands with mourners as the Bush family exit the funeral service for former U.S. President George H.W. Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, U.S., December 6, 2018. REUTERS/Rick T. Wilking
Former U.S. President George W. Bush looks on as a military honor guard carries the casket of his father, former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, at the conclusion of his funeral service at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, U.S., December 6, 2018. REUTERS/Rick T. Wilking
A military honor guard walks the casket out of the St. Martin's Episcopal Church during the funeral service for former U.S. President George H.W. Bush in Houston, Texas, U.S., December 6, 2018. REUTERS/Rick T. Wilking
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