Donald Trump has been the leading voice of the birther movement that argues that President Barrack Obama was born outside of the United States, but today Trump finally admitted that isn’t the case.
At the opening of his new hotel in Washington, D.C., Trump said he wasn’t responsible for coming up with the idea that Obama was born in Africa; instead, he blamed that notion on Hillary Clinton.
“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.”
However, The Washington Post reported that there is no factual backing to these claims, as Clinton, who serves as Obama’s Secretary of State, has never once made an allusion to the current president’s birth certificate being fake or from a foreign country.
“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,” a Trump campaign statement read.
Obama released his birth certificate in April 2011, hoping that this would quiet critics like Trump, but it only fueled the fire as many people claimed the document was fabricated.
Trump slowly changed his views as time went on, telling CNN in 2015, for example, that he “didn’t know” where Obama was born and that there were more important issues at hand. Now, he’s finally come around to admitting the current president is in fact a United States citizen.