Trump cites Pat Buchanan, man he once called 'Hitler lover,' to support border wall

Trump cites Pat Buchanan, man he once called 'Hitler lover,' to support border wall

President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Freedom Caucus calls for Congress to work on shutdown through break Democrat previews Mueller questions for Trump’s AG nominee Trump inaugural committee spent ,000 on makeup for aides: report MORE late Sunday night quoted a column by Pat Buchanan, a man the president once called a "Hitler lover," to back his proposal to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

In a pair of tweets, Trump pointed to Buchanan's argument that the president's proposal is "dead on," and saying that something needs done or the U.S., "as we have known it, is going to cease to exist."

Trump added that the "great people of our Country demand proper Border Security NOW!." 

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"The Trump portrait of an unsustainable Border Crisis is dead on. 'In the last two years, ICE officers made 266,000 arrests of aliens with Criminal Records, including those charged or convicted of 100,000 assaults, 30,000 sex crimes & 4000 violent killings,' " Trump tweeted.

"America's Southern Border is eventually going to be militarized and defended or the United States, as we have known it, is going to cease to exist...And Americans will not go gentle into that good night. Patrick Buchanan. The great people of our Country demand proper Border Security NOW!" Trump continued.

The president was quoting a column that Buchanan, a political commentator and former presidential candidate, wrote for cnsnews.com in which he encouraged Trump to go through with his threats to declare the situation at the border a national emergency and begin construction of a wall on the southern border.

In 1999, Trump called Buchanan a "Hitler lover" and said it was "incredible that anybody could embrace this guy." Buchanan, who has often been accused of expressing racist and anti-Semitic views, at the time was seeking the Reform Party's nomination for president.

“Look, he’s a Hitler lover,” Trump said on "Meet the Press" in October 1999. “I guess he’s an anti-Semite. He doesn’t like the blacks. He doesn’t like the gays. It’s just incredible that anybody could embrace this guy.”   

The federal government is currently in the fourth week of a partial shutdown. Trump has refused to sign a bill to fund the government unless it includes $5 billion for his border wall proposal. Democrats have offered $1.3 billion for border security measures.

Trump has threatened to declare a national emergency to get his funding.

Buchanan wrote in the column for cnsnews.com that Trump should "declare a national emergency, shift funds out of the Pentagon, build his wall, open the government and charge Democrats with finding excuses not to secure our border."