Donald Trump Jr.: 'Doesn't Know' if Father Will Explicitly Say Obama Born in US

Trump Jr. says campaign's statement on the issue came from the candidate.

September 16, 2016, 8:10 AM

— -- Donald Trump Jr. says he "doesn't know" if his father will explicitly say President Obama was born in the United States, but said that the statement released from the campaign last night is "coming from him."

“I was involved in those conversations,” Trump Jr. told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on “Good Morning America.” The campaign's chief "spokesperson is putting it out from the campaign.”

Although Trump Jr. said he was unsure if his father would come out and directly say Obama was born in the United States, he didn’t rule out a future tweet along those lines. But he told Stephanopoulos he thinks the statement from the campaign was enough and this should be the end of the conversation.

Even yesterday, Trump declined to say whether he believes President Obama was born in Hawaii. “I’ll answer that question at the right time,” he told the Washington Post. “I just don’t want to answer it yet.”

Trump Jr., who came under scrutiny yesterday after making comments in a local interview about a “gas chamber” in reference to media bias, emphatically denied this was a reference to the Holocaust.

“It was a poor choice of words perhaps, but in no way, shape or form was I remotely talking about the Holocaust. I wouldn't do it. I think it's disgusting,” he said. He said the media has started attacking him because they don’t have anything to attack his father on anymore.

Asked about a Newsweek article released this week showing possible conflicts of interest between Trump and his company if he were to become president, Trump Jr. said his father will sever all ties to his business if he wins in November, ceding control to his children and putting the business in a blind trust.

“A blind trust is not a blind trust if it's being run by his children,” Stephanopoulos told Trump Jr.

“It is because he'll have nothing to do with it, George. He said that,” Trump Jr. responded.

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