Trump re­versed birther stance ‘to get on with’ cam­paign

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NEW YORK — Don­ald Trump says he fi­nally ad­mit­ted Pres­i­dent Barack Obama was born in the US be­cause he wanted to “get on with the cam­paign.”

In a brief in­ter­view with an Ohio tele­vi­sion sta­tion on Wed­nes­day, Trump was asked why, after years as the chief pro­po­nent of the false­hood that the pres­i­dent was born out­side the coun­try, he de­cided to an­nounce on Fri­day that was no longer the case.

“Well, I just wanted to get on with, you know, we want to get on with the cam­paign,” the GOP nom­i­nee re­sponded.

“And a lot of peo­ple were ask­ing me ques­tions. And you know, we want to talk about jobs, we want to talk about the mil­i­tary,” he added. “We want to talk about ISIS and how to get rid of ISIS. We want to re­ally talk about bring­ing jobs back to this area be­cause you’ve been dec­i­mated. So we re­ally want to get just back onto the sub­ject of jobs, mil­i­tary, tak­ing care of our vets, et cetera.”

It was a frank state­ment of ap­par­ent po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­di­ency for the bil­lion­aire busi­ness­man, who for five years had raised ques­tions and in­sin­u­a­tions about the pres­i­dent’s birth­place and the au­then­tic­ity of his birth cer­tifi­cate.

The so-called “birther” move­ment helped fuel Trump’s po­lit­i­cal rise, trans­form­ing him from a re­al­ity tele­vi­sion star into a pop­u­lar po­lit­i­cal fig­ure in some Repub­li­can cir­cles.

On Fri­day, Trump de­clared at a cam­paign event: “Pres­i­dent Barack Obama was born in the United States. Pe­riod.” But he did not ad­dress how or when he’d come to his con­clu­sion, and had not an­swered ques­tions on the topic since.

His ri­val Hil­lary Clin­ton’s cam­paign said in a state­ment that Trump’s an­swer was proof that he had only voiced his re­ver­sal to try to change the sub­ject.

“After spend­ing 5 years cham­pi­oning a con­spir­acy the­ory to un­der­mine our first African Amer­i­can Pres­i­dent, Trump hasn’t ac­tu­ally changed his mind,” spokesper­son Jesse Fer­gu­son said in a state­ment. “He only gave his 36-sec­ond press state­ment last week to try to change the sub­ject — and it didn’t work.” — AFP

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