Donald Trump would not say whether or not he thought President Barack Obama was born in the United States during his interview with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday’s episode of Late Show.
“I don’t talk about it anymore. I talk about jobs. I talk about our veterans being horribly treated – I just don’t discuss it anymore,” Trump said after Colbert presented him with the chance to state, once and for all, that he knew Obama was born in America.
Trump, a leading voice of the “birther” movement that claimed Obama wasn’t American (the president released his birth certificate proving otherwise in 2011), made similar comments during an interview with ABC News on Sunday.
“I talk about jobs, I’m talking about the military – I don’t get into it,” Trump said to ABC about the “birther” question. “They ask that question and I just want to talk about the things because it’s of no longer interest to me. We’re beyond that and it’s just something I don’t talk about.”
On Twitter following the Colbert interview, Trump wrote that he was only following Hillary Clinton’s lead on the “birther” talk – a term that was not mentioned by Trump or Colbert during their interview.
Just remember, the birther movement was started by Hillary Clinton in 2008. She was all in!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2015
Trump’s sit down with Colbert also included a lengthy discussion about the former Celebrity Apprentice host’s plans to build a wall between Mexico and the United States. Colbert also apologized to Trump for the many jokes he’s told at the candidate’s expense. When presented with the opportunity to apologize himself for anything controversial he’s said, Trump declined. “No apologies,” he said.
The Late Show with Steven Colbert airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. on CBS.