Donald Trump held a press conference at his brand new hotel in Washington, D.C., Friday. It was reported by various news outlets that he would address his long-held “birther” theory that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States. But, Trump pulled a switcheroo. He began with ad-libbed comments about the greatness of the new hotel.
Trump then highlighted the Medal of Honor recipients who joined him on the stage and the Gold Star families in the audience. A number of veterans offered their endorsement to the Republican presidential nominee.
Trump’s new hotel held a soft opening on Monday. The Trump campaign event was the first big event to take place there. Twitter users quickly noticed that the event seemed like an advertisement for the property.
In 2011, Obama released his birth certificate, which proved his Hawaii birth, but Trump continued to tout the theory that the president wasn’t born in America.
After much talk about the military and some national security, Trump took to the podium and accused Hillary Clinton of promoting the birther movement before saying that he finished it.
“President Barack Obama was born in the United States, period. Now, we all want to get back to making America strong and great again,” Trump said. He then ended the event after most major cable news outlets carried it live for about 30 minutes.
Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign did not endorse the birther issue. However, the campaign did try to promote that Obama lacked “American roots” due to the years he spent overseas as a child.
Earlier Friday, speaking before the Black Women’s Agenda Symposium, Clinton called on Trump to apologize to the president and the American people for pushing the conspiracy theory.
Clinton’s running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), shared a similar sentiment on Twitter.
While Trump did not offer an apology on the birther issue during the event, his senior communications advisor, Jason Miller, did speak out on behalf of his boss early Friday.