Birther reference dropped from Trump's corporate bio

Birther reference dropped from Trump's corporate bio
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The Trump Organization has reportedly edited out a reference in President Trump's corporate biography that highlights his involvement in the birther movement, which aimed to prove the baseless assertion that former President Obama was not born in the United States.

The controversial line read, "in 2011, after failed attempts by both Senator McCain and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection What the Mueller report tells us about Putin, Russia and Trump's election Steve Bullock puts Citizens United decision at center of presidential push MORE, Mr. Trump single handedly forced President Obama to release his birth certificate, which was lauded by large segments of the political community."

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The organization removed the line, which had been part of Trump's bio as early as August 2015, CNN's KFile reported Tuesday, pointing to a recent review of the Internet Archive.

The change likely took place around the time of Trump's inauguration on Jan. 20, sometime between Jan. 13 and Jan. 24, according to the report.

The removed birther line also echoed Trump's accusation on the campaign trail that Clinton had started the birther conspiracy during her 2008 presidential campaign.

“Hillary Clinton in her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. I finished it,” Trump said in September 2016.

Representatives for the Trump Organization and the White House did not respond to the news outlet's requests for comment about the line change.

Trump repeatedly peddled the conspiracy that the nation's first African-American president was not a natural-born citizen of the U.S., regularly challenging Obama to release his birth certificate for public review.

Even after releasing his birth certificate that proved he was born in Hawaii, Trump continued to suggest the document was forged until September 2016 when he publicly acknowledged that Obama was born in the country.

The president's business, run by his two eldest sons, also made other changes to Trump's bio earlier this year, CNN reports.