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President’s sister says it’s time to move past birther issue

    This Tuesday, March 29, 2011 photo shows Maya Soetoro-Ng at her home in Honolulu. Soetoro-Ng, President Obama's sister, draws on memories of their mother, Ann Dunham, for her new picture book titled "Ladder to the Moon". (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

The president’s sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, answered questions about her brother’s birthplace and called the revival of the issue by Donald Trump, "a shame."

Soetero-Ng, who is traveling in New York to promote her children’s book, told CNN’s Piers Morgan in an interview airing today that continued questions about her brother’s birthplace in Hawaii are "unfortunate … he was born in Hawaii, there’s a tremendous amount of proof that has already been presented."

She also told the Associated Press: "The facts are simply that my brother was born in the United States at the Kapiolani Hospital for Women and Children in 1961. His birth certificate has been authenticated by a number of sources. … Really, I feel that it behooves us to think about moving forward, and up, and really focusing on positive possibilities and solutions, and the facts are that my brother is a U.S. citizen."

Trump who says he is considering a run for president, recently revived the birther issue with his questions about the Obama’s birth certificate.

Officials in Hawaii have long certified Obama’s birth in Honolulu, but Trump questions whether the president was born abroad and has suggested that Obama may have violated the Constitution.

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