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 TrumpGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy Official testifies that Bolton had 'one-on-one meeting' with Trump over Ukraine aid Louisiana governor wins re-election 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 Obama'Too Far Left' hashtag trends on Twitter Krystal Ball: Patrick's 2020 bid is particularly 'troublesome' for Warren Deval Patrick: Biden 'misses the moment' in 2020 campaign 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 PelosiLouisiana governor wins re-election Dynamic scoring: Forward-thinking budgeting practices to grow our economy Pelosi: Trump tweets on Yovanovitch show his 'insecurity as an imposter' 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.