While much of the current media attention surrounding presidential candidate Donald Trump is focused on his recent comments about illegal immigration, at least one reporter brought up a previous controversial stance during an interview Thursday.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper sat down with Trump for a wide-ranging conversation, which at one point targeted the business tycoon’s skepticism regarding the authenticity of Barack Obama’s birth certificate.
“It’s rare politicians actually admit mistakes,” Cooper said. “You’ve admitted you made mistakes in the past.”
He prompted Trump to admit he was wrong in his stance as a so-called birther, bait his spirited guest refused to bite.
Cooper asked: “Do you accept that President Obama was born in the United States?”
“I really don’t know,” Trump responded. “I don’t know why he wouldn’t release his records; but, honestly, I don’t want to get into it.”
Before shifting to a different topic, though, Trump rebutted with a few facts on the subject.
“Do you know that Hillary Clinton was a birther? She wanted those records and fought like hell,” he said. “People forgot. Did you know John McCain was a birther? Wanted those records?”
Trump then set himself apart from those and other examples.
“They couldn’t get the records,” he said. “Hillary failed. John McCain failed. Trump was able to get him to give something – I don’t know what the hell it was – but it doesn’t matter.”
Instead of focusing on the current administration, he concluded that his campaign is focusing on the future.
“I’m off that subject,” he said. “I’m about jobs. I’m about the military. I’m about doing the right thing for this country. I want to make our country great again.”
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