Trump Camp: Yes, Obama Was Born in U.S.
Donald Trump’s campaign says the Republican presidential candidate now believes President Barack Obama was born in the United States, but the Republican nominee has yet to personally repudiate his past promotion of the false premise that Obama was not.
Meanwhile, as his campaign sought to put that false conspiracy theory to rest, it stoked another: saying the “ugly incident” known as the birther movement was started by Hillary Clinton. There is no evidence that is true.
“She is the one that started it, and she was unable or incapable of finishing it. That’s the way it worked out,”Trump said in a phone interview with Fox Business Network early Friday. He said he was planning to “make a big announcement” later in the day at his new Washington hotel.
Clinton herself said Friday that Trump owes Obama and the American people an apology for his role in the birther movement that questioned the president’s citizenship.
Clinton said at an event with Black women that Trump’s campaign was “founded on this outrageous lie” and “there is no erasing it.”
She said Trump is feeding into the “worst impulses, the bigotry and bias” of some people.
For years, Trump was the most prominent proponent of the “birther” idea that Obama was born outside the U.S. It provided him with his entry into Republican politics and for years has defined his status as an “outsider” who is willing to challenge convention.
He has repeatedly said during his White House campaign that he no longer talks about the “birther” issue, but has also refused to retract his previous comments.
“I don’t talk about it because if I talk about that, your whole thing will be about that,” he told reporters aboard his plane last week. “So I don’t talk about it.”
As late as Wednesday, Trump would not acknowledge that Obama was born in Hawaii, declining to address the matter in a Washington Post interview published late Thursday night.
“I’ll answer that question at the right time,” Trump said. “I just don’t want to answer it yet.”