Trump finally backs off Obama birth claim, falsely says Clinton started it

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump walks through atrium of his new Trump International Hotel in WashingtonBy Steve Holland and Emily Stephenson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Friday abandoned his false claim that Barack Obama was not born in the United States after spending five years peddling conspiracy theories that the country’s first African-American president started life as a foreigner. Trump, who has won back some ground in opinion polls and made the White House race more competitive after he went through a summer slump, made his announcement in an attempt to clear the air as he prepares for the first of three televised presidential debates with Clinton on Sept. 26.

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