Capitol Report: Trump says Obama was ‘born in the United States. Period.’

Donald Trump said Friday that President Barack Obama was born in the United States, but blamed Hillary Clinton and her 2008 presidential campaign for starting the so-called birther controversy.

Until Friday, Trump himself had not declared that Obama was born in the U.S. The Republican presidential nominee has for years cast doubt on Obama’s birthplace and eligibility to be president, even after Obama released his birth certificate.

“President Barack Obama was born in the United States. Period,” Trump said at an event at his new hotel in Washington.

Trump lashed out at Clinton and her first presidential campaign, saying they started the issue.

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