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 Trump'The Art of the Deal' with NATO: Clear messaging, less bullying DeVos: Washington will not dictate school choice Europeans are terrified by America's family feud 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: Trump's budget 'dead on arrival' Trump budget getting thumbs down from defense hawks Intel chief quiet on whether Trump asked him to deny Russia evidence 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 ObamaMcCain: Trump's budget 'dead on arrival' Money can’t buy VA reform Healthcare saga shaping GOP approach to tax bill 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."