President Trump criticized former President Barack Obama Friday in response to Michelle Obama's criticism of his past "birther" claims. 

As he departed the White House Friday morning, reporters asked the president about Mrs. Obama writing in her new memoir, "Becoming," that she could "never forgive" Trump for spreading the conspiracy that President Obama was not born in the United States. 

"She got paid a lot of money to write a book," he answered, accusing Mrs. Obama of trying to stir "controversy" with the book. 


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"They always insist you come up with controversial [material]. I'll give you a little controversy back. I'll never forgive [Barack Obama] for what he did to our United States military by not funding it properly. It was depleted. I came in and I had to fix it," he claimed.

In her book, Mrs. Obama accused Trump of feeding into a racist conspiracy about her husband starting in 2011, saying she worried someone would try to harm the family in response. 

"The whole thing was crazy and mean-spirited, of course, its underlying bigotry and xenophobia hardly concealed. But it was also dangerous, deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks,” she wrote.

"What if someone with an unstable mind loaded a gun and drove to Washington? What if that person went looking for our girls? Donald Trump, with his loud and reckless innuendos, was putting my family’s safety at risk. And for this I’d never forgive him."

While campaigning for president in Sept. 2016, Trump relented and declared that Obama was born in the United States, accusing Hillary Clinton of first starting the rumor while running against Obama in 2008.


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