Donald Trump’s presidential campaign on Thursday went where the candidate has refused to publicly go — saying Trump does believe President Barack Obama was born in the United States, even though the GOP nominee on Wednesday ducked the question.
Trump told the Washington Post in an interview Wednesday night that was published Thursday that “I’ll answer that question at the right time" and "I just don’t want to answer it yet."
But Thursday night, Trump campaign spokesman Jason Miller said in a statement: "Having successfully obtained President Obama’s birth certificate when others could not, Mr. Trump believes that President Obama was born in the United States."
Trump said nothing about his beliefs on Twitter — a favorite form of communication for the nominee — Thursday night.
In the last week, Trump adviser Rudy Giuliani said Trump had relinquished his so-called "birther" beliefs. Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway also said Trump now believes Obama was born in the U.S.
Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, has also said he believes Obama was born in Hawaii.
Democratic rival Hillary Clinton's campaign spokesman said Thursday night that Trump needs to say so himself.
Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon also re-tweeted a message Trump posted in May that read: "Don't believe the biased and phony media quoting people who work for my campaign. The only quote that matters is a quote from me!"
Trump famously questioned Obama’s birthplace and is one of the most prominent members of the so-called "birther" movement. Obama released his birth certificate in 2011 and ridiculed the businessman at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner over the issue.
Trump continued to doubt Obama's citizenship well into the 2012 presidential campaign.
Trump gave a similar non-response to a question from MSNBC’s Chris Matthews in an interview in December. "Is Donald Trump honest when he says that Barack Obama isn't a legitimate president?" Matthews asked.
"I don’t talk about that anymore," Trump said at the time. "I don’t answer, because you know what? If I do answer, that's all people want to talk about, so I never answer."
At a speech in Washington, D.C., Clinton attacked Trump over his most recent refusal to answer.
"He did it again: He was asked one more time, 'Where was President Obama born?' — and he still wouldn't say Hawaii. He still wouldn't say America," Clinton said. "This man wants to be our next president? When will he stop this ugliness, this bigotry?"