Meadows says Harris is eligible to be vice president, pushing back on birther claims

White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsMeadows says Trump World looking to 'move forward in a real way' Trump takes two punches from GOP Watchdog urges Justice to probe Trump, Meadows for attempting to 'weaponize' DOJ MORE said that Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisKamala Harris and our shameless politics Pelosi: House Democrats 'ready to work with' Biden on eviction ban Meghan McCain predicts DeSantis would put Harris 'in the ground' in 2024 matchup MORE (D-Calif.), who was named as presumptive Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries FDA aims to give full approval to Pfizer vaccine by Labor Day: report Overnight Defense: Police officer killed in violence outside Pentagon | Biden officials back repeal of Iraq War authorization | NSC pushed to oversee 'Havana Syndrome' response MORE's running mate last week, is eligible to serve as vice president, after President TrumpDonald TrumpFive takeaways from the Ohio special primaries Missouri Rep. Billy Long enters Senate GOP primary Trump-backed Mike Carey wins GOP primary in Ohio special election MORE discussed a conspiracy theory that raised doubts about her qualifications. 

CNN’s Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperCBC presses Biden to extend eviction moratorium The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate finalizes .2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill Manchin on reported boos at Democratic luncheon: 'I heard a lot of nos' MORE asked Meadows on “State of the Union” on Sunday whether Harris was eligible to become vice president, prompting the chief of staff to answer, “Sure.”

Meadows’s remarks come as a false theory suggesting the California senator does not meet the required constitutional qualifications to be vice president because her parents were Jamaican and Indian immigrants has spread. 

“This is not something that we're going to pursue,” Meadows said. “Actually, Jake, you and a number in the media, you all have spent more time on it than anybody in the White House has talking about this.”

“I'm more concerned with Kamala Harris's liberal ideas coming from San Francisco to the rest of America than I am whether she was – where she was born or anything else,” he added. 

Trump on Saturday said that his reelection campaign would not be “pursuing” theories that doubt Harris’s eligibility. 

"I know nothing about it, but it's not something that bothers me," Trump said during a news conference at his golf club in New Jersey, CNN reported. "I just don't know about it, but it's not something we will be pursuing."

The conspiracy primarily rose to the limelight through an op-ed published in Newsweek last week by Chapman University law professor John Eastman.

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Trump acknowledged Eastman and the op-ed saying: "I heard today that she doesn't meet the requirements” and calling the professor “very highly qualified” and “brilliant,” according to CNN.

Newsweek ended up apologizing for running the op-ed, saying it “inevitably conveyed the ugly message that Senator Kamala Harris, a woman of color and the child of immigrants, was somehow not truly American.”

Trump promoted “birther” rumors about President Obama years ago that doubted his eligibility to be president by questioning whether he was born in the U.S.