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For the Record's week in Review: Trump's big announcement

Donald Trump announced he now believes President Obama was born in the United States after years of saying otherwise.
This week we saw a lot of Donald Trump (and his hotel) and less of Hillary Clinton. She was off the trail for the majority of the week trying to get over pneumonia. Trump also attempted to put a lid on the birther conspiracy he’s been floating for years as he started to see an upward trend in his poll numbers.

Trump gets a free commercial, then slips in news

We got played. On Friday Trump said he had a big announcement and everyone expected him to address his views on whether President Obama was born in the U.S. (spoiler: Obama was born in Hawaii.) While Trump did eventually say a tiny amount on the topic, he mostly got free airtime to brag about his new Washington D.C. hotel and have veterans talk about how great he was. Right there at the end he slipped in something his campaign hopes will end a years-long saga: "President Obama was born in the United States — period.”
He also blamed the whole thing on Clinton: “Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. I finished it.”
Trump’s acknowledgement that the man who has been president of the United States for seven and a half years is a citizen is an attempt by his campaign to try put a lid on the conspiracy Trump has been fanning for years.

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