Trump again blames Clinton for Obama ‘birther’ theory
DONALD Trump’s campaign team stood firm on his claim that rival Hillary Clinton spread the idea that Barack Obama was not born in the United States, after the Republican conceded the president was an American.
“This started with Hillary Clinton’s campaign, number one,” Mr Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said.
“Number two, it was Donald Trump who put the issue to rest when he got President Obama to release his birth certificate years later. And, number three, he said that, ‘President Obama was born in this country, period’.”
Mike Pence, Mr Trump’s running mate, also said the billionaire’s acknowledgment on September 16 that “Obama was born in the United States, period” should have put an end to the matter.
“Donald Trump’s been focusing on issues the American people really care about,” he said. “He brought that issue to an end this week.”
When asked if Ms Clinton started the so-called “birther” movement, an idea rejected by fact-checkers, Mr Pence only said, “I’ll let the facts speak for themselves”.
Mr Trump spent years promoting the theory that Mr Obama might have been born in Kenya before the September 16 reversal at a televised event at his new hotel in Washington, just blocks from the White House, when he laid into Ms Clinton.
“Her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. I finished it. I finished it. You know what I mean,” Mr Trump said.
Senator Tim Kaine, Ms Clinton’s running mate, blasted Mr Trump’s insistent questioning of Mr Obama’s birthplace, saying it had raised painful echoes for many Americans of a time when blacks could not be citizens.