Michelle Obama slams Trump in new book ti­tled 'Be­com­ing'

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - INTERNATIONAL -

Wash­ing­ton , Oct 09 ( AFP) - For­mer US first lady Michelle Obama says she can "never for­give" Donald Trump for ques­tion­ing her hus­band's Amer­i­can cit­i­zen­ship, say­ing the pres­i­dent and other "birthers" put her fam­ily at risk, in her hotly an­tic­i­pated new mem­oir.

Obama also says she was sur­prised that so many Amer­i­can women voted for the "misog­y­nist" Trump over Hil­lary Clin­ton, "an ex­cep­tion­ally qual­i­fied fe­male can­di­date," in the 2016 elec­tion.

The book, "Be­com­ing," hits stores on Tues­day. Obama, 54, will head out on a multi- city arena tour to pro­mote the mem­oir, with celebrity friends like Oprah Win­frey and Reese Wither­spoon tapped to mod­er­ate the events.

It is one of the most awaited books about US pol­i­tics in years, and Obama does not mince words about her hus­band's suc­ces­sor -- and his in­volve­ment in pro­mot­ing the idea that Barack Obama was born abroad.

"The whole [ birther] thing was crazy and mean-spir­ited, of course, its un­der­ly­ing big­otry and xeno­pho­bia hardly con­cealed," she writes, in ex­cerpts of the book pub­lished by ABC News and The Wash­ing­ton Post.

Trump did not waste time in re­spond­ing.

"Michelle Obama got paid a lot of money to write a book and they al­ways in­sist you come up with con­tro­versy. I'll give you some back," he told re­porters at the White House be­fore head­ing on a trip to France.

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