(WASHINGTON) -- The White House on Monday said it was “unfortunate” that Rev. Franklin Graham made “preposterous charges” about President Obama, especially on the Easter holiday.
“I would just say I think it's unfortunate that a religious leader would choose Easter Sunday to make preposterous charges. And I'll leave it at that,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said, when asked about the comments at Monday’s briefing.
On Sunday, Graham told ABC’s This Week with Christiane Amanpour that Mr. Obama "has some issues to deal with" in terms of proving his U.S. citizenship.
"He can solve this whole birth certificate issue pretty quickly," Graham said to ABC. "I was born in a hospital in Asheville, North Carolina, and I know that my records are there. You can probably even go and find out what room my mother was in when I was born. I don't know why he can't produce that."
The Rev. Franklin Graham, whose family has served as spiritual advisers to numerous prominent political figures, said that businessman Donald Trump, who has brought up questions over President Obama’s citizenship himself, might be his candidate of choice in 2012.
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