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Trump hits back in 'Obama' row

Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 00:55

Donald Trump hits back at criticism over his failure to correct a voter who said President Barack Obama was a Muslim and ''not even American''. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump said on Saturday it was not his job to stand up for U.S. President Barack Obama after a man at one of his campaign events said he was a Muslim and "not even an American." Trump drew criticism on Friday from Republican and Democratic rivals in the 2016 race for the presidency when he failed to challenge a man at a New Hampshire town hall Thursday night who said Muslims were a problem in the United States. "We know our current president is one. You know he's not even an American," the man said. Trump, the billionaire television personality who leads the pack of Republicans seeking the presidential nomination, has cast doubt on whether Obama was born in the United States and therefore qualified to stand as president. Trump has responded to his critics in a series of tweets which, on Saturday, he read to audience applause at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition Forum in Des Moines. In one he says: "Am I morally obligated to defend the President (referring to US President Barack Obama) every time somebody says something bad or controversial about him. I don't think so, right? Alright, so that took care of one. Oh, it gets better. Then I said, 'if somebody made nasty statements or controversial statements about me to the President, do you think he would come to my rescue?' I say, no chance, no chance." "This is the first time in my life that I've caused controversy by not saying something - I didn't say anything! By not saying something, which was sort of amazing. I mean, it was some question I was asked, most of you know what I'm talking about," he added. Trump has rattled the Republican establishment with a summer surge to the top of the polls, overshadowing expected favourite Jeb Bush, the son and brother of two U.S. presidents.

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Trump hits back in 'Obama' row

Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 00:55