Members of the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus Political Action Committee react angrily to Donald Trump's concession that President Barack Obama is indeed a U.S. citizen, calling the Republican presidential nominee a lying ''fraud'' who seeks to ''con'' the American public over the so-called birther issue. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
SUBTITLED ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Members of the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus political action committee reacted angrily on Friday (September 16) to Donald Trump's concession that President Barack Obama is indeed a U.S. citizen. The Republican presidential candidate on Friday abandoned his assertion that Obama was not born in the United States after spending years promoting conspiracy theories that the country's first African-American president started life as a foreigner. But never one to let a controversy go without fanning its flames, Trump accused his Democratic rival in the Nov. 8 election, Hillary Clinton, of beginning the so-called birther movement in her failed 2008 presidential campaign against Obama, a claim that does not stand up to scrutiny. The birther conspiracies, which cast doubt over whether Obama is legally able to be president, incense black Americans whose votes Trump has been trying to court. Black lawmakers addressed the media shortly after Trump's announcement in Washington, calling the White House hopeful a "fraud", "liar" and "con" man. The birther issue has not been a factor in the campaign for the Nov. 8 presidential election, but it resurfaced in recent days, taking the focus of Trump's campaign away from topics such as immigration, trade and the economy, which he has been using to hit his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. But Trump revived the birther controversy on Thursday in an interview with the Washington Post when he declined to say whether he believed Obama was born in Hawaii. A U.S. president must be a natural-born citizen.