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Trump says it’s up to Obama to defend himself

Donald Trump appeared in Rochester, N.H., on Thursday.
Donald Trump appeared in Rochester, N.H., on Thursday.(Robert F. Bukaty/Associated Press)

Donald Trump was criticized for not correcting a questioner at an event Thursday night in Rochester, N.H., who said that President Obama is Muslim.

On Saturday morning, Trump used Twitter to defend his non-response to that questioner. Essentially he said it’s up to President Obama to defend himself.

On Thursday night, the first questioner at the New Hampshire event that Trump called on said:

‘‘We have a problem in this country. It’s called Muslims. We know our current president is one,’’ the man said of Obama, who is Christian. ‘‘You know he’s not even an American.’’

The man then talked about rumored training camps run by militants in the United States.

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Trump responded to that part of the man’s remarks:

‘‘We’re going to be looking at a lot of different things. And you know, a lot of people are saying that, and a lot of people are saying that bad things are happening out there,’’ said Trump. ‘‘We’re going to be looking at that and plenty of other things.’’

Other candidates have weighed in. Lindsey Graham, GOP senator from South Carolina, said via Twitter, ‘There is a right way to handle these situations and a wrong way to handle these situations, Donald.’’

Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, said he would correct someone who said something like that at one of his events. But he also said that Trump would have to decide how to react. ‘‘I'm not going to lecture him about what to do.’’

Trump’s response came Saturday morning.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.