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Trump Once Again Questions Obama's Birth Certificate

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President Donald Trump has once again questioned the legitimacy of former President Barack Obama's birth certificate.

Trump is still questioning his predecessor's birthplace, White House advisers told The New York Times, CNN reports.

According to one sitting U.S. senator, Trump has been bringing up Obama's birth certificate in recent months during private conversations.

Trump "has had a hard time letting go of his claim that Mr. Obama was not born in the United States," the senator, who wished to remain anonymous, told The New York Times while chuckling.

The reports remain unconfirmed. The White House has not yet responded to CNN's request for comments on the matter.

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The White House issued copies of Obama's birth certificate in 2011. Trump had been publicly questioning the former president's citizenship at the time.

During the 2016 presidential race, Trump reversed his position, saying he believed Obama was born in the United States. But now he has appeared to reverse his position once again.

Trump has also recently questioned the legitimacy of the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape, on which he brags about grabbing women by their genitals, The New York Times reported. He publicly apologized soon after the tape was released prior to the 2016 election.

But in January, Trump reportedly told a Republican senator that he wanted to launch an investigation into the recording.

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“We don’t think that was my voice,” Trump told the senator, according to an unidentified source familiar with the conversation. The president has continued to insist that the man in the recording is not actually him, according to three other sources close to Trump.

Senators appear to have mixed feelings about the president's inconsistency with the truth.

“It’s dangerous to democracy; you’ve got to have shared facts,” Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake told The New York Times. “And on so many of these, there’s empirical evidence that says no: You didn’t win the popular vote, there weren’t more people at your inauguration than ever, that was your voice on that tape, you admitted it before.”

“This guy got $2 billion of earned media in the primary, and he won an election that nobody thought he was going to win,” said Georgia Sen. David Perdue. “This is a guy who is doing things that are totally unprecedented.”

“He’s nobody’s choir boy, but neither were people like Winston Churchill, for example,” Perdue added. “This guy, I think, is a historic person of destiny at a time and place in America when we’ve got to make a right-hand turn here.”

When asked if the truth still matters, Perdue responded, “Oh, absolutely. Facts are what you base decisions on.”

Sources: CNN, The New York Times / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: State of Hawaii via Wikimedia Commons, Michael Vadon/Flickr

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