- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The White House shrugged off Donald Trump’s invitation of President Obama’s half-brother to the final presidential debate Wednesday, saying the president has no real relationship with his relative born in Kenya.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said he didn’t think Mr. Obama has spent much time thinking about Malik Obama’s attendance at the debate. When asked about the president’s relationship with his half-brother, Mr. Earnest said, “my understanding is that there’s not much of one.”

Malik Obama has been critical of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Mr. Earnest said he’s “not sure what kind of message they are trying to send” by inviting him to the debate.

“I have to admit I really don’t exactly what the intent is of this invitation, other than probably to get you guys to ask me about it,” Mr. Earnest told reporters. “But even then I’m not really sure what goal that accomplishes.”

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