Elections

Obama's half-brothers clash over debate invite from Trump

By ELIZABETH KOH

ekoh@mcclatchy.com

This Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2004 file photo shows Malik Obama, the older brother of US President Barack Obama, who holds an undated picture of Barack, left, and himself, center, and an unidentified friend in his shop in Siaya, eastern Kenya. A Kenyan half-brother of President Barack Obama says he will vote for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and not the candidate his brother has endorsed, Hillary Clinton. Malik Obama told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he thinks Trump has a lot of energy and is very straightforward.
This Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2004 file photo shows Malik Obama, the older brother of US President Barack Obama, who holds an undated picture of Barack, left, and himself, center, and an unidentified friend in his shop in Siaya, eastern Kenya. A Kenyan half-brother of President Barack Obama says he will vote for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and not the candidate his brother has endorsed, Hillary Clinton. Malik Obama told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he thinks Trump has a lot of energy and is very straightforward. AP

One of President Barack Obama’s half-brothers will be attending the final presidential debate Wednesday night as Donald Trump’s guest, but another of Obama’s half-siblings said he disapproves of the decision.

“I love my brothers, but no one member represents the Obamas,” Mark Obama Ndesandjo said in an email to the Associated Press. “Others in my family and I do not support my brother Malik’s position on Mr. Trump.”

Malik Obama, who is Kenyan-born, announced he was supporting Trump’s candidacy in July, and the Trump campaign announced that he would join the Republican nominee in the audience for Wednesday’s debate. Ndesandjo, a businessman who lives in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, is American. All three half-brothers have different mothers, according to the Associated Press.

Wednesday’s debate will be the last between Trump and Hillary Clinton, though it will not be the first time Trump has invited controversial guests. For the second debate in St. Louis, Trump invited three women who had accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault and a fourth who criticized Hillary Clinton when she worked as a public defender for her alleged rapist.

Clinton has also invited guests to Wednesday’s debate in Las Vegas: CNN reported that the Democratic candidate will be joined by Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman — who endorsed Clinton despite being a longtime Republican — and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, nodding to their business records as a rebuke to Trump’s own assertions about his business success.

Other guests to Wednesday night’s debate include:

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton argued over leaked tapes and deleted emails at the second presidential debate in St. Louis on Sunday night, but somewhat astonishingly managed to find something nice to say about one another in the end.

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