Donald Trump, a leading proponent of the falsehood that President Obama was born outside the United States, admitted Friday that the president is in fact an American citizen. “President Barack Obama was born in the United States, period,” Trump said. The seconds-long speech followed a half-hour preamble of praise from veterans who spoke at the opening of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. While Trump blamed Hillary Clinton for starting the birther movement during her 2008 presidential campaign, he bragged that he “finished it,” without any sort of apology or acknowledgement of his years-long backing of the conspiracy theory. Trump implied Obama’s birth certificate was a fake as recently as January.