Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson speaks in Greenville, S.C. Carson is refusing to back off his weekend charge that Muslims shouldn’t serve in the presidency. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro, File)
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Washington: The question has suddenly emerged as a test of US White House hopefuls: can a Muslim be president of the United States?The supporter then asserted that President Barack Obama is a Muslim, a false claim first aired four years ago and still believed by 29 percent of Americans according to a recent poll."I assumed he was talking about the radical Islam".Repeating comments he made on Sunday, Trump said he has "many friends" that are Muslims."I know so many Muslims that are such fabulous people," he said Sunday. "The fact is, there is a problem with some, and it's a very severe problem and it's a problem that's taking place all over the world". Long before setting his sights on the presidency, Trump stoked right-wing conspiracy theories in 2011 as a leading proponent of the notion that Obama may be a Muslim and born outside the United States.Sunday, he would say only that he takes Obama "at his word" that he is Christian.
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