Carney sighs at birther question
CNN’s Ed Henry asked the White House press secretary to react to Donald Trump’s seemingly constant presence on TV, in which the real estate mogul has stoked the myth that Obama wasn’t born in Hawaii. In response, Carney said that CNN itself had reported a “highly credible piece on an established fact” — that “the president was born in the United States of America.”
“This was a settled issue,” Carney said, calling it “unfortunate” that “for whatever reason, that instead of focusing” on the economy, unemployment, the deficit, energy, education and foreign affairs, “that this is the subject of – that gets any kind of serious attention.”
“I'll leave it at that,” Carney said. But then Henry asked about the birth certificate’s release, to which Carney replied, “the birth certificate that the campaign put up online has been available for everyone to see online around the globe.”
Carney said the document can be used to get a driver's license, and that anyone who was born in Hawaii uses the same documentation.
“I just think this is, it's a distraction,” Carney said. “And it's an unfortunate distraction. ... Anybody who is watching this exchange, the West Wing of the White House, would be appalled – or most Americans would be appalled.”