Donald Trump: "Obama was born in the United States. Period".

"I finished it. President Barack Obama was born in the United States".

At the same time, Mr. Trump said it was Hillary Clinton's supporters from her 2008 primary showdown with Mr. Obama that sparked his interest in the controversial subject and motivated him to invest so much time, money and energy into investigating where Mr. Obama was born.

"I was pretty confident about where I was born", Obama said. "I finished it, you know what I mean".

The New York businessman several years ago led the birther movement aimed at Obama, who was born in Hawaii to an American mother and a Kenyan father.

Though his campaign insisted he believes Obama was born in the U.S.in a Thursday night statement, it was only on Friday morning that Trump himself finally said so himself. Clinton upped the ante on Trump by demanding that he apologize to Obama and the American people, and she also mocked Trump's relative restraint in recent weeks.

He said on Fox Business Network earlier Friday that he's "going to be making a major statement on this whole thing" and what he claims his rival Hillary Clinton "did" to fuel it. And in a three-sentence statement delivered at his new Washington, DC, hotel, Trump once more falsely claimed that Hillary Clinton had started the conspiracy theory that Obama was born in Kenya. "We have to keep the suspense going, OK?" "I really, really, really want to elect Hillary Clinton".

Mr Trump's comments speculating on Mr Obama's birthplace have been seen by many as an attempt to delegitimise the nation's first black president, and have turned off numerous African-American voters he is now courting in his bid for the White House.

Mr Trump has been trying to drum up support among black voters, who overwhelmingly supported Mr Obama in his 2008 and 2012 elections.

The form said Obama was born at 7:24 p.m. on August 4, 1961, at Kapiolani Maternity and Gynecological Hospital in Honolulu.

The issue has not been a major factor in the campaign for the November 8 presidential election and by bringing it up again Trump takes the focus of his campaign away from topics such as immigration, trade and the economy, which he has been using to hit Clinton.

Many African Americans object to Mr Trump's involvement in the "birther" movement that questioned President Obama's United States citizenship, and the implication that Mr Obama's presidency was illegitimate.

Clinton has long denied the claim.

When asked about Trump's interview with the paper, Obama told reporters: "I'm shocked that a question like that would come up when we have so many other things to do, well, I'm not that shocked, actually".

Speaking Friday on ABC's "Good Morning America", Trump's son said a statement by the campaign Thursday night acknowledging Obama's US birth "should be the definitive end" of questions about Trump's views. Obama took to the White House Briefing Room to blast Trump as a "carnival barker".

"Donald Trump looks at a distinguished judge born in IN, and he sees a Mexican, not an American", she said.

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