After years of questioning whether President Barack Obama was born in the United States, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump relented Friday, telling reporters at a press conference in Washington, D.C., that the president “was born in the United States. Period.”
During a campaign event at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., Friday, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said that President Barack Obama was born in the United States. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Trump, after five long years, declares: “President Obama was born in the United States. Period."— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) September 16, 2016
Trump says Obama "was born in the United States. Period." Then walks off stage.— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) September 16, 2016
Entire headline: "Trump: Obama was born in the US. Period." Entire event on TV: Vets endorsing Trump. No questions. Masterful.— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) September 16, 2016
Trump's campaign hyped up change on birther issue. And now that TV networks carrying it live, we've had 20 mins of veterans endorsing Trump— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) September 16, 2016
Trump has openly questioned the president’s birthplace for several years.
Attention all hackers: You are hacking everything else so please hack Obama's college records (destroyed?) and check "place of birth"— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2014
An 'extremely credible source' has called my office and told me that @BarackObama's birth certificate is a fraud.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 6, 2012
Why do the Republicans keep apologizing on the so called "birther" issue? No more apologies--take the offensive!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2012
“If you like your healthcare plan you can keep it.” = “I was born in Hawaii.”— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2013
In 2011, Obama released his birth certificate, showing that he was born in Hawaii.
At his press conference, Trump claimed, "Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. I finished it."
Obama told reporters at the White House Friday that he's "shocked" the issue came up again during the 2016 election.
"I was pretty confident about where I was born," Obama said. "I think most people were, as well. And my hope would be that the presidential election reflects more serious issues than that."
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