Today will be remembered as the day TV news outlets broadcast Donald Trump’s own lips saying President Obama was born in the United States.
“Hillary Clinton, and her campaign of 2008, started the birther controversy. I finished it. I finished it. You know what I mean,” Trump said. “President Barack Obama was born in the United States. Period. Now we all want to get back to making America strong and great again. Thank you.”
His statement on the birther issue came at the end of a campaign event in Washington D.C. that also touted his newly opened hotel in the city. After reading his 33-second statement, Trump took no questions and left the stage as reporters shouted questions at him. Then, according to press reports, the pool reporter was physically restrained from accompanying the candidate as Trump toured the hotel.
But, in anticipation of his statement, media outlets moved on to dismiss his claim Clinton started the birther movement, as well as his claim he finished it.
Today’s Trump announcement came a day after the news outlets screwed up the courage to dismiss the same information from Trump campaign’s senior communications advisor Jason Miller. “Having successfully obtained President Obama’s birth certificate when others could not, Mr. Trump believes that President Obama was born in the United States,” Miller said in a statement.
Some media outlets noted that, as recently as this week, Trump declined to disavow his belief Obama was not born in the U.S., when asked by WaPo, saying it was not the right time to address.