Presidential candidate Donald Trump appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night, and the host was not going to pass up the opportunity to try to make news with the GOP front-runner and media magnet.
First, Colbert took the opportunity to offer The Donald a tongue-firmly-in-cheek apology. “I want to apologize to you, because I’ve said a few things about you, over the years, that, in polite company, perhaps are unforgivable,” he said.
“And some nice things…not too many,” Trump interjected, adding, “apology accepted.”
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The two then went into a discussion about Trump’s illegal immigration policy, with Colbert role-playing the president of Mexico and asking the candidate to show how he would negotiate the deal that gets the U.S.’s southern neighbor to pay for the wall. Trump played along a while, but then drew Colbert out of character and explained the huge trade imbalance and the need for Mexico to do its part to address the problem of criminal activity at the border.
Colbert finally went for the question that had Trump making news last week. The topic was what the candidate has called the only time he has gotten attacked for not saying something. As reported by Western Journalism, a questioner at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire last week said to Trump: “We have a problem in this country. It’s called Muslims…We know our current president is one. You know he’s not even an American.”
The candidate did not refute the man’s accusations, later tweeting that he felt he was under no obligation to defend the president. Colbert asked him what he described as a “big fat meatball” of a question: “Barack Obama, born in the United States?”
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Trump responded: “I don’t talk about that any more. I talk about jobs. I talk about our veterans being horribly treated. I just don’t discuss it.”
Earlier in the decade, the billionaire businessman questioned whether Barack Obama had been born in the United States, prompting the president to release his birth certificate in 2011. He and others expressed doubts about its authenticity at the time, but Trump chooses no longer to address the issue.
h/t: Yahoo TV
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