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Trump concedes: Obama is American

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>> President Barack Obama was born in the United States, period.>> Donald Trump finally getting around to admitting President Obama is as American as Donald Trump. The concession coming only under fire, five years after his demands for Obama's birth certificate and embrace of the birther movement first put him on the political map, and drew angry charges of race baiting.
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John Whitesides is on the story.>> These efforts on his part certainly put him in the political arena. He was very actively promoting this idea that this guy is not a citizen. Promising big revelations, saying he was sending out investigators around the world. A sore point, particularly for blacks who felt like all these questions raised about him were essentially driven by his race, and by a refusal to accept him as a legitimate president.
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>> Trump trying to mop up after the issue exploded again this week, when he refused to renounce his birther past in an interview with the Washington Post.>> Now, not to mention her in the same breath.>> But Trump again falsely claiming it was his opponent, Hillary Clinton, who had first raised the birther issue during her 2008 campaign.
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Clinton getting ahead of Trump in a speech to black women leaders Friday morning.>> Barack Obama was born in America plain and simple, and Donald Trump owes him and the American people an apology.>>
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>> In 2011, Trump insinuated in a series of interviews Obama might have been born in Kenya.
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And he continued to question Obama's birth on Twitter long after Obama produced his long form birth certificate, proving he was born in Hawaii.>> Trump was still raising questions about whether the certificate was a fraud. Taking this approach today, he could have been trying to reassure voters, putting the conspiracy theory Donald Trump to rest.
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But in doing this, he raised the whole issue again and reminded people, in a lot of ways, of things he's talked about in the past.>> Strong and great again, thank you.