NEW YORK, New York (The Adobo Chronicles) – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is undeniably a birther: he has continuously questioned Barack Obama’s citizenship, claiming the president was born in Kenya and should not have been qualified to run for U.S. president.
Fast forward to 2016.
Trump is running against Senator Ted Cruz who appears to be the greatest threat to the billionaire’s quest for the presidency. Cruz was born in Canada to a Cuban-born father and American mother. That, according to Trump, does not make the senator a ‘natural-born citizen’ which is a primary qualification to become president of the United States.
Trump has also turned his attention to the Philippines which is holding its own presidential elections in May this year. One of the leading candidates is Senator Grace Poe who faces questions about her being a ‘natural-born citizen’ on the grounds that she is a foundling , adopted by film actors Fernando Poe, Jr. and Susan Roces, and whose biological parents remain unknown to this day.
Asked by The Adobo Chronicles why it matters to him who gets elected Philippine president, Trump said, “If I become U.S. president, I cannot be dealing with a foreign leader who is not legitimate.”
He added: “Grace Poe is either a natural-born citizen or is not. And if the answer is no, then as U.S. president, I do not have any business recognizing her as a fellow head of state.”
Do we see a budding alliance between Ted Cruz and Grace Poe?