Friday morning Donald Trump finally put to rest whether he believed the President of the United States, Barack Obama, was actually born in the United States, sort of. He stated that “President Obama was born in the United States – period.”
In a news conference, in which Trump surrounded himself with veterans and Medal of Honor winners, Trump also used the moment to advertise his new hotel in D.C. Trump finally, in the last sentence of the news conference said that President Obama was born in the U.S but in doing so he also pointed the finger at his rival Hillary Clinton to be the inventor of the birther movement which has been proven to be false but Trump continues to argue this point.
Trump became politically savvy while mounting the birther movement. It was this claim that put Trump into the political spotlight. It wasn’t just in 2008 either. As late as March 30th 2011, Donald Trump stated that “People have birth certificates. He doesn’t have a birth certificate. He may have one but there’s something on that, maybe religion, maybe it says he is a Muslim. I don’t know. Maybe he doesn’t want that. Or he may not have one. But I will tell you this. If he wasn’t born in this country, it’s one of the great scams of all time.”
The question has to be then why now? What happened to cause Trump to go back on a claim that he continually pushed? Will it push aside those supporters who agreed with Trump that President Obama is not a true American? Trump’s campaign issued a statement Thursday night, that it was Trump who ended the birther movement because it caused President Obama to issue his birth certificate. “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.”
It is a bit hard to believe that Trump is done with the question of whether President Obama was born in the United States when in 2012 he tweeted, “An ‘extremely credible source’ has called my office and told me that @BarackObama’s birth certificate is a fraud,” he wrote. For many African Americans the newest announcement by Trump is not going to be good enough, until Trump apologizes to the country and to President Obama for his remarks.