Donald Trump finally backs off Barack Obama birth claim

  • Gayathri Mathivanan
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  • September 16, 2016, 10:54 PM


Donald Trump finally acknowledged on Friday that President Barack Obama was born in the United States.


"President Barack Obama was born in the United States. Period," said Trump, reversing himself on a controversy about Obama's birth. "Now we all want to get back to making America strong and great again," he said at an event at a new hotel he owns in downtown Washington.


In a statement released late Thursday night, Trump adviser Jason Miller claims Trump ``did a great service to the country'' by bringing closure to an "ugly incident'' that Trump, in fact, fueled.


"In 2011, Mr. Trump was able to bring this ugly incident to its conclusion by successfully compelling President Obama to release his birth certificate,'' Miller said.


"Mr. Trump did a great service to the President and the country by bringing closure'' to the issue, he added. "Inarguably, Donald J. Trump is a closer. Having successfully obtained President Obama's birth certificate when others could not, Mr. Trump believes that President Obama was born in the United States.''


Clinton demanded Trump apologize to the president for having helped spread the birther idea and said Trump had tried to "delegitimize our first black president."


"His campaign was founded on this outrageous lie. There is no erasing it in history," Clinton said in an address to the Black Women's Association in Washington.


On Friday, Obama was asked for his reaction to latest Trump declaration.


"I`m shocked that a question like that has come up at a time when we have so many other things to do. Well, I`m not that shocked actually. It`s fairly typical. We`ve got other things to attend to," he said. "I was pretty confident about where I was born."

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