Trump: I'm not ‘morally obligated’ to defend Obama from birthers

Trump: I'm not ‘morally obligated’ to defend Obama from birthers

GOP presidential candidate Donald TrumpDonald TrumpPressure on Trump grows as Kushner is questioned Trump invokes real estate developer William Levitt in speech to Boy Scouts OPINION | With Scaramucci at the mic, Trump has a chance to take on a hostile press MORE on Saturday said he's not "morally obligated to defend the president" against inaccurate claims from supporters.

Trump, who is leading in the polls for the Republican nomination, blasted out a series of tweets amid mounting criticism that he did not cut off an event attendee who questioned President Obama’s citizenship and religion.

 

 

If the roles were reversed, Trump predicted Obama would not come to his defense.

 

Trump received plenty of blowback Friday after he failed to shut down a supporter in New Hampshire who alleged Obama is a Muslim, as well as not an American. The questioner added that “we have training camps growing where they want to kill us. That’s my question, when can we get rid of them?”

Many have said Trump should have followed the lead of 2008 GOP presidential nominee John McCainJohn McCainMcCain returning to Senate in time for health vote Senate Dems launch talkathon ahead of ObamaCare repeal vote Overnight Healthcare: Trump pressures GOP ahead of vote | McConnell urges Senate to start debate | Cornyn floats conference on House, Senate bills | Thune sees progress on Medicaid MORE, who cut off a woman who made similar comments about Obama during that election. But Trump has a history with the birther movement, fueling questions about Obama’s citizenship during the 2012 election, which eventually spurred Obama to release his long-form birth certificate to end any doubt that he was born in Hawaii in 1961.

The White House said the exchange wasn’t surprising given Trump’s history.

Even rival GOP candidate Jeb Bush came to Obama’s defense in a speech Friday night in Michigan.

"Barack ObamaBarack ObamaBoos for Obama as Trump speaks at Boy Scout jamboree Feehery: Winning August Overnight Regulation: Trump looks to repeal Obama fracking rule | States sue EPA over chemical safety | Regulators mull future of 'Volcker Rule' MORE is a talented man — and by the way he's an American, he's a Christian — his problem isn't the fact that he was born here or what his faith is," Bush said, according to reports. "His problem is that he's a progressive liberal who tears down anybody that disagrees with him."