Donald Trump on Friday briefly addressed the “birther” conspiracy—of which he was long one of the most vocal proponents—and acknowledged that President Obama was born in the United States.
At a media event billed as an announcement about his stance on Obama’s birthplace, Trump spent most of the time discussing his new Washington, D.C., hotel and introducing members of the military who are supporting his presidential campaign.
Trump only mentioned the birther issue in about 40 words at the end of his speech, falsely saying that Hillary Clinton started the birther movement in 2008 and that he was the one to end it. There is no evidence that Clinton or her campaign ever pushed the birther argument, and Trump continued to raise questions about Obama’s birth long after Obama’s full birth certificate was released.
Here are Trump’s full remarks: