Published September 16, 2016
WASHINGTON – At an event promoting the hotel bearing his name, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump today admitted President Barack Obama was born in the United States.
After years of questioning whether or not Obama has had the right to serve as president of the United States, Trump late yesterday would not answer a question about whether or not he thought, the president was born in the United States when asked by a Washington Post reporter.
Earlier today in Washington, D.C., Trump inserted the following statement into his remarks to a group of veterans who were there to endorse him for president:
“President Barack Obama was born in the United States, period. Now we all want to get back to making America strong and great again,” Trump said.
Before Trump made his statement at the hotel, President Obama told reporters at the White House, “I was pretty confident about where I was born. I’m shocked that a question like that would come up at a time when we have got so many other things to do. Well I’m not that shocked, actually. It’s really typical.”
The so-called birther conspiracy has given rise to Trump’s popularity among certain groups that are now supporting him.
Obama who was born in Hawaii to a father from Kenyan and a Caucasian mother, who was born in Kansas. Trump’s questioning of about the first African American president’s birthplace has greatly diminished any support he thought he could garner among African Americans in his quest for the presidency this year.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee said Friday Trump owes President Obama an apology for keeping the birther conspiracy going.
“I have people that have been studying [Obama’s birth certificate] and they cannot believe what they’re finding … I would like to have him show his birth certificate, and can I be honest with you, I hope he can,” Trump said on NBC’s “Today Show” in April 2011. “Because if he can’t, if he can’t, if he wasn’t born in this country, which is a real possibility … then he has pulled one of the great cons in the history of politics.”