President Obama’s Brother Endorses Trump
President Barack Obama’s half-brother, Malik Obama, says he will vote for Donald Trump in the U.S. election this November.
Reuters reports that he likes the candidate and is unhappy with his brother’s leadership.
During a phone interview with the media outlet, the 50-something year old said he supports Trump’s policies, especially his focus on security.
“He appeals to me and also I think that he is down to earth and he speaks from the heart and he is not trying to be politically correct. He’s just straight-forward,” he said.
Malik Obama shared his election choice from President Obama’s ancestral home of Kogelo, Kenya. The U.S. citizen has lived in Washington since 1985, where he worked with various firms before becoming an independent financial consultant.
Trump’s hard stance against Muslims entering the U.S. was understandable, Malik said.
“I’m a Muslim, of course, but you can’t have people going around just shooting people and killing people just in the name of Islam,” he said.
Malik criticized the president’s record in the White House saying he had not done much for the American people, or his extended family in Kenya.
The two used to be close. Malik was the best man at Barack’s wedding. Malik said he was exercising his freedom of expression.
“To each his own,” he said. “I speak my mind and I’m not going to be put in a box just because my brother is the president of the United States.”