GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, who launched and paid for an investigation into the origins of President Obama's birth certificate years ago under the premise he was not born in the United States, now believes Obama is in fact an American by birth according to a statement released by the campaign.
"Hillary Clinton’s campaign first raised this issue to smear then-candidate Barack Obama in her very nasty, failed 2008 campaign for President. 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. Even the MSNBC show Morning Joe admits that it was Clinton’s henchmen who first raised this issue, not Donald J. Trump," Trump Senior Communications Director Jason Miller released in a statement late Thursday. "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."
"Mr. Trump is now totally focused on bringing jobs back to America, defeating radical Islamic terrorism, taking care of our veterans, introducing school choice opportunities and rebuilding and making our inner cities safe again," the statement continues.
The statement comes just days after Trump was directly asked by the Washington Post whether he believes Obama was born in the U.S. He said he would "answer that question at the right time."
Last night The Kelly File, campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson also had a hard time answering the question.