In an effort to minimize Donald Trump’s lies about the “border crisis” and the government shutdown, Vice President Mike Pence decided to spread more lies.
On Tuesday, Pence appeared on all three major broadcast morning news shows on Tuesday to bolster Trump’s demands for funding to build his long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Those demands, and Democrats’ unwillingness to accede to them, have led to a government shutdown, now in its 18th day.
Confronted with the inaccurate White House talking point that U.S. Customs and Border Protection stopped 4,000 terrorists at the U.S.-Mexico border last year, Pence claimed that Americans are not “as concerned about the political debate” surrounding the president’s demands for a border wall, and dodged multiple questions about Trump’s credibility as he prepares to address the nation Tuesday night.
“How can the American people trust the president when he says this is a crisis, when he says things over and over again that aren’t true?” Karl asked.
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“Well, look, the American people aren’t as concerned about the political debate as they are concerned about what’s really happening at the border,” Pence responded.
Pence also repeated Trump’s misleading insistence that a renegotiated free trade agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada fulfills to his campaign promise that Mexico would pay for a border wall, arguing that the new deal is structured “in a way that it will benefit the United States in jobs and tax revenues.” Fact checkers have rated those claims false, even if the deal had been ratified and gone into effect, which it has not.
And he addressed the president’s bizarre claim made last week that former U.S. presidents had personally expressed their regret over not having built a border wall. Spokespeople for every living U.S. president have denied that such comments were made.
“This should have been done by all of the Presidents that preceded me, and they all know it,” Trump said in a press conference last week. “Some of them have told me that we should have done it.”
Asked about the president’s assertion regarding his conversations with past presidents, Pence misrepresented what Trump had said.
“I know the president said that was his impression from previous administrations, previous presidents,” Pence said.