Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said Tuesday that things had “run amok” with reports that he was open to building a wall on the U.S.’ northern border and that all the talk was “just a joke.”
Appearing on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” the 2016 candidate addressed criticisms he had received after he said Sunday that building a wall was a “legitimate issue” to be considered.
“This is just a joke in terms of how people react to things,” Walker said. “I’ve said for some time that we need to secure the southern border. I’ve talked about the infrastructure, the personnel and the technology needed there. I’ve talked about enforcing the laws.”
He suggested that his comments had been misreported, and that the “legitimate issue” remark was concerning a question he had been asked by a constituent about the staffing and resources required to work alongside law enforcement on the northern border.
“I’ve never talked about a wall at the north, I’m certainly not now,” Walker said. “That’s just what happens when things get run amok.”
The issue was first brought up on “Meet The Press” Sunday, where Chuck Todd asked if Walker consider building a wall along the country’s border with Canada.
“They raised some very legitimate concerns, including some law enforcement folks that brought that up to me at one of our town hall meetings about a week and a half ago. So that is a legitimate issue for us to look at,” Walker told Todd.