Malik Obama, one of President Obama’s two half-brothers, was invited by Donald Trump to attend the final debate between the Republican candidate and Hillary Clinton, which takes place Oct. 19 in Las Vegas.
Malik, a Kenya-born American citizen, came out in July in support of Trump.
“I’m excited to be at the debate. Trump can make America great again,” Malik told The New York Post.
Trump returned the compliment, saying “I look very much forward to meeting and being with Malik. He gets it far better than his brother.”
Malik has dismissed the recent accusations against Trump of sexual misconduct. “I don’t believe them,” Malik said. “Why didn’t they come forward before?”
Regarding the relevant political issues, Malik has been critical of Hillary Clinton’s performance as Secretary of State, noting that conflict in the Middle East increased under her tenure. He also referred to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, who was deposed and murdered in 2011, as a good friend. “Check out the situation in Libya now,” he said.
He contends that his Barack H. Obama Foundation, named after his father, has not received adequate support from President Obama. He also complained that he did not receive a very warm welcome during his last visit to the White House.
“As usual, it was a hands-off kind of thing, very businesslike, very formal,” he said.
President Obama’s other half-brother, Mark Obama Ndesandjo, said that “Others in my family and I do not support my brother Malik’s position on Mr. Trump,” the Associated Press reports. Ndesandjo is an American citizen who lives in Shenzhen, China, according to McClatchy DC.
Among Trump’s other special guests to the final debate are the Las Vegas icon Wayne Newton, and the father of an American killed in Benghazi while Clinton was Secretary of State.
Clinton’s invited guest included eBay co-founder and Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman, and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.