Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump failed to correct a questioner during a New Hampshire town hall event who wrongly identified President Barack Obama as a Muslim and a non-American. The individual also claimed he was "looking at" alleged terrorist camps on US soil.
"We have a problem in this country. It's called Muslims," the identified man said to Trump when he was called on to ask a question. "We know our current president is one. You know he's not even an American."
According to The Associated Press, the GOP front-runner, who led the "birther" movement against Obama, responded with: "We need the question," before letting the man continue. "We have training camps growing where they want to kill us. That's my question," the man said. "When can we get rid of it?"
Trump did not correct the man's claims and instead said he had heard others bring up the same issue. "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. We're going to be looking at that and plenty of other things."
The Washington Post reported that Trump is not the first Republican candidate to be asked about the alleged "Muslim training camps." Fears of the so called camps have gained traction after several groups have published reports that the FBI reportedly have knowledge of dozens of camps embedded in the deep South.
Trump's response, giving the man's claims a sense of credibility, is unlike previous responses by conservative candidates. Despite remaining quiet about the interaction on Twitter, Trump released a statement to The Washington Post on criticism towards the comments made.
"The media wants to make this issue about Obama. The bigger issue is that Obama is waging war against Christians in this country. Their religious liberty is at stake," he said. No comments were made about the religious liberty of Muslims living in the US were made.