Part-time Palm Beacher and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump wouldn&8217;t tell The Washington Post whether he believes President Barack Obama was born in America, but Trump’s campaign said late Thursday that Trump &8220;believes that President Obama was born in the United States.&8221;
Trump was America&8217;s Birther-In-Chief as he flirted with a presidential run in 2011, repeatedly questioning whether Obama was born in the U.S. and pressing the president to release his birth certificate, which shows he was born in Hawaii. Critics — including Hillary Clinton &8212; say Trump&8217;s casting doubt on Obama&8217;s citizenship was not-so-thinly-veiled racism.
In a Wednesday interview reported by The Washington Post on Thursday, Trump refused to say whether he thinks Obama was born in America.
“I’ll answer that question at the right time,” Trump told the paper. “I just don’t want to answer it yet.”
Late Thursday, the Trump campaign released a statement from communications director Jason Miller blaming Clinton for raising the issue during her failed 2008 campaign for president and citing a 2007 strategy memo that suggested she highlight Obama&8217;s &8220;lack of American roots.&8221;
&8220;This type of vicious and conniving behavior is straight from the Clinton Playbook. As usual, however, Hillary Clinton was too weak to get an answer,&8221; Miller&8217;s statement says.
&8220;In 2011, Mr. Trump was finally able to bring this ugly incident to its conclusion by successfully compelling President Obama to release his birth certificate. Mr. Trump did a great service to the President and the country by bringing closure to the issue that Hillary Clinton and her team first raised. 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,&8221; Miller said.