Trump surrogate stands by assertion that Obama is a Muslim
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A prominent surrogate for Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Trump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Ocasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment MORE on Friday stood behind his assertion that President Obama is a Muslim. 

Carl Paladino, a former Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York, was asked on "Imus in the Morning" about remarks he made on Aug. 5 to the Buffalo Observer. He told the paper there was “no doubt” Obama was a Muslim.

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“Now I assume you don’t believe that. It’s not true …” said Connell McShane, a Fox Business host who was filling in for Don Imus.

“Wait, how do you know that’s not true?” said Paladino, a Buffalo developer who’s helping to lead Trump’s campaign in New York state.

“That’s not fair, Connell," he continued. "You’ve formed a conclusion about a man because he’s told you that, he’s said, ‘No, I’m not a Muslim.’ Oh, that’s great.”

“We’re not going to have this ridiculous talk,” McShane shot back. “So there’s no doubt he is? How would you know that that is true?”

Paladino pivoted to the Justice Department's refusal to investigate the Clinton Foundation.

“This is the same guy who yesterday deprived the American people of an investigation into Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats' 2020 Achilles's heel: The Senate Democrats' 2020 Achilles's heel: The Senate House Intel Republican: 'Foolish' not to take info on opponent from foreign ally MORE’s foundation,” Paladino said of Obama.

“OK, that’s fine, but that’s different from saying there’s no doubt he’s a Muslim,” McShane retorted. 

“If it acts like a duck, if it walks like a duck, and if it talks like a duck, it’s a duck!” Paladino replied.

“That’s just nonsense,” McShane said. “It’s just so silly, Carl. You lose everybody on this kind of stuff.”

“I don’t lose anybody!” Paladino said. “I lose the press, that’s all I lose.”

Trump is campaigning near Buffalo on Friday, holding a rally in Erie, Pa.