CNN's Don Lemon airs 2013 clip of Trump saying Obama should be 'fired' over shutdown

CNN host Don Lemon on Thursday shared a 2013 video of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump administration eyes proposal to block jet engine sales to China: report Trump takes track to open Daytona 500 Brazile 'extremely dismayed' by Bloomberg record MORE saying then-President Obama should be fired over a government shutdown.

"If you say, 'Who gets fired?' it always has to be the top," Trump said on Fox News in 2013.

"The problems start from the top and they have to get solved from the top. The president is the leader, he has to get everyone in a room and lead," Trump added at the time.


Following the clip, Lemon, a frequent critic of the president, said that the comments were "priceless."

“Donald Trump suggesting that President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaThe 'Palmetto Promise': South Carolina will decide the race Obama remembers Kobe Bryant in speech to NBA All-Stars: 'Nothing is more heartbreaking' Warren highlights work with Obama, Harry Reid in new Nevada ad MORE should have been fired for a government shutdown. Priceless,” Lemon said.

There has been a partial government shutdown since last week because of Trump and Democratic leaders disagreeing over $5 billion in funding for the president's desired border wall.

Earlier this month, Trump said he would embrace a shutdown over funding for the wall.

On Thursday, the Senate adjourned until Monday and the House said they did not expect any votes this week, meaning the shutdown will likely drag on into at least next week.

The two sides have battled over who deserves blame for the shutdown over the last few days.

“The President and his team stayed in Washington over Christmas hoping to negotiate a deal that would stop the dangerous crisis on the border, protect American communities, and re-open the government. The Democrats decided to go home,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement released Thursday.

A spokesman for House Minority Leader and likely next Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi: 'I'm not counting Joe Biden out' Short defends Trump's tweets as a 'very effective way' to communicate with Americans Democrats fear rule of law crumbling under Trump MORE (D-Calif.) responded, saying Democrats would pass a bill to reopen the government when they took power if the GOP did not act.

“Democrats have offered Republicans three options to re-open government that all include funding for strong, sensible, and effective border security — but not the President's immoral, ineffective and expensive wall,” spokesman Drew Hammill wrote in a tweet.

“With the House Majority, Democrats will act swiftly to end the Trump Shutdown, and will fight for a strategic, robust national security policy, including strong and smart border security, and strong support for our servicemembers and veterans,” he wrote.

Lemon has used old clips of Trump which contradict actions he's taken as president before, most recently sharing a 1999 video of Trump saying that "nobody knows more about campaign finance than I do" after the president's former attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty in August to paying two women during the campaign in order for them to remain silent about alleged affairs they had with Trump more than a decade ago.