Samaritan's Purse president Franklin Graham addressed questions about President Obama's birthplace and religious beliefs on ABC's This Week that aired on Sunday. White House spokesman Jay Carney chided Graham for his comments after Graham told host Christiane Amanpour that there were still unanswered questions.
"I would just say I think it's unfortunate that a religious leader would choose Easter Sunday to make preposterous charges," Carney said at the end of yesterday's press briefing.
Graham, who told Christianity Today that his ABC interview was taped a week before Easter, stood by his comments. "I respond[ed] to a question. I'm not going out making speeches about where the President was born. I could care less," he said. "I'll continue to answer reporters' questions."
Graham's comments on Obama come on the heels of other recent remarks. Last month, Graham told Newsmax that the Muslim Brotherhood is "very strong and active" in the United States.
"We have these people advising our military and State Department. We've brought in Muslims to tell us how to make policy toward Muslim countries. It's like a farmer asking a fox, 'How do I protect my hen house?'" Graham said.
Amanpour asked Graham if he was bothered by those who were raising questions about President Obama's birthplace or his religion. "Birthers" have questioned whether Obama was born in the U.S., a theory that has been debunked by many fact checkers.
"Well, the president, I know, has some issues to deal with here," Graham said. "He can solve this whole birth certificate issue pretty quickly. I don't—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 ...