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You’ll Have to Ask Him’ Trump Campaign on ‘Birther’ Reversal

Kellyanne Conway Defends Trump's Birther Attacks 5:52

Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway could not offer an answer on when and how Donald Trump concluded President Obama was born in the United States.

“You’ll have to ask him that. That’s a personal decision.” she said on NBC’s “Meet the Press”.

After years of Trump pushing the “birther” conspiracy theory, the Republican nominee reversed his position on Friday, telling reporters, “President Obama was born in the United States, period.”

Yet the Trump campaign continues to point to a discredited theory that Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign was the original source of the rumors that Obama was born abroad.

Conway explains the campaign is “reminding people where this started. It was used as a smear against Sen. Obama by Clinton campaign associates.”

Our partners at PolitiFact.com write this week, “There is no evidence that Clinton or her 2008 campaign ever floated the theory. While Clinton supporters circulated the allegations the last time she ran for president, they had no ties to either the candidate or her staff.”

Full Interview: Trump Campaign Manager on Birtherism and the State of the Race 9:46

According to Conway, though, Trump is ready to move on.

“You heard him say that President Obama was born in this country, period, and he’s moving on to all the things he talked about this week – tax reform, child care tax credits,” she said.

Conway also pushed back against the notion that Trump’s reversal on “birtherism” is an attempt by his campaign staff to “soften his image.”

She says she has never told Trump to “soften his image” and “this man did very well for himself before I got here. He is his own person. His instincts are excellent.”

Finally, many questions were raised this week about how Donald Trump would wall off his business from his presidency, following a Newsweek story titled “How the Trump Organization’s Foreign Business Ties Could Upend U.S. National Security”.

Conway was pressed on if Trump would pledge to not do business related to the Trump Organization while in the White House.

“I don’t make pledges on behalf of him,” she said, adding “we will ask experts at this campaign what needs to be done, and we will follow the law accordingly.”

However, MSNBC chief legal correspondent Ari Melber recently explained, “no law requires presidents to sell or avoid interacting with their business interests on the job…They simply must meet disclosure requirements and avoid abusing government power for private gain.”