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Trump says Obama was born in the US, ‘period’

US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a press conference with Medal of Honor recipients and veterans during a press conference at the Trump International Hotel, in Washington, DC on September 16, 2016 © AFP / Mandel Ngan

Washington, United States, Sep 16 – Donald Trump admitted for the first time Friday that Barack Obama was born on American soil, after years spent fuelling the so-called “birther” movement that cast doubt on the US president’s legitimacy.

“President Barack Obama was born in the United States, period,” the Republican White House nominee told a nationally-televised press conference.

“Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. I finished it. I finished it. You know what I mean?” he claimed.

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