Friday 30 September 2016

Half-brother of Obama says he's voting for Trump 'because he speaks from the heart'

Nick Allen

Published 26/07/2016 | 02:30

Malik Obama Picture: Reuters
Malik Obama Picture: Reuters

The half-brother of Barack Obama has disclosed that he will vote for Donald Trump at the US election in November.

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Malik Obama, 57, an accountant in Kenya, used to live in Maryland and is still registered to vote there. He plans to travel back to the US to cast his ballot for the Republican candidate.

Since 2009, his half-brother, Barack Obama, has served as President of the United States for the Republicans' main political rival, the Democrats.

Mr Obama said the key reason for choosing to support Mr Trump was the scandal over Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was his half-brother's Secretary of State.

Mrs Clinton is hoping to succeed Mr Obama as president when the US goes to the polls in November.

Hillary Clinton says it would have been 'smarter' to use work email address as Secretary of State. Mr Obama also said he was "disappointed" at Mrs Clinton over the death of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan leader, who was a personal friend.

Mr Obama, who has several wives, also told the New York Post: "I feel like a Republican now because they don't stand for same-sex marriage, and that appeals to me." He added: "I like Donald Trump because he speaks from the heart."

Mr Obama and the president had the same father but a different mother and the two men first met in 1985.

Seven years later he was best man when the future president married his wife Michelle in Chicago.

Reacting to the news, Mr Trump said: "Wow, he was probably treated badly by the president like everybody else."

It came as the president launched a scathing attack on Mr Trump's "lack of preparedness" for the presidency. Mr Obama is due to address the Democratic Convention tomorrow night where he will focus in his speech on his America - the fruit of seven-plus years of his presidency.

And the speech is one of his last major chances to defend his leadership in front of a mass audience before he leaves office.

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