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QUICK TAKE: Trump Drops Mic On Birther Issue

Reporters and Trump opponents eagerly awaited Trump’s “major statement” on the “birther” controversy. He talked for about a minute.

Trump on the "birther" issue

Donald Trump stopped the presses with a tweet this morning announcing he would make a “major statement” in Washington, D.C. later in the day.

Reporters and pundits correctly predicted he would talk about the “birther” controversy, after an aide released a statement last night confirming Trump believes President Obama was born in the U.S. The so-called “birther” movement questioned the validity of Obama’s birthplace and then birth certificate.

But those same reporters and pundits were shocked when Trump made the event a showcase for veterans and for his hotel, before speaking for all of 45 seconds:

Call it the political equivalent of a mic drop.

Trump and his aides also sought to place blame for the “birther” movement at the feet of Hillary Clinton. This is false, as fact-checkers at The Washington Post and PolitiFact have pointed out.

BuzzFeed News’ Andrew Kaczynski also points out that Trump questioned President Obama’s birthplace as recently as 2014, 2015 and 2016.

President Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1961.