Trump again blames Clin­ton for Obama ‘birther’ the­ory

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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.

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