President Donald Trump says he has heard Democratic working mate Kamala Harris “would not qualify” to function US vice-president, amplifying a fringe authorized idea critics decry as racist.
Ms Harris was born to a Jamaican father and Indian mom in Oakland, California, on 20 October 1964.
But a constitutional regulation professor has questioned her eligibility.
For years, Mr Trump promoted a false “birther” idea that President Barack Obama was not born within the US.
At Thursday’s press convention, Mr Trump was requested concerning the argument towards Ms Harris, who’s a California senator.
The Republican president stated: “I simply heard it at the moment that she would not meet the necessities and by the best way the lawyer that wrote that piece is a really extremely certified, very proficient lawyer.
“I don’t know if that is proper. I might have assumed the Democrats would have checked that out earlier than she will get chosen to run for vice-president.
“But that is a really critical… you are saying that, they’re saying that she would not qualify as a result of she wasn’t born on this nation.”
The reporter replied there was no query that Ms Harris was born within the US, merely that her dad and mom may not have been authorized everlasting residents at the moment.
Earlier on Thursday, a Trump marketing campaign adviser, Jenna Ellis, reposted a tweet from the pinnacle of conservative group Judicial Watch, Tim Fitton.
In that tweet, Mr Fitton questioned whether or not Ms Harris was “ineligible to be Vice President below the US Constitution’s ‘Citizenship Clause'”.
He additionally shared an opinion piece revealed in Newsweek journal by John Eastman, a regulation professor at Chapman University in California.
Prof Eastman cites Article II of the US Constitution’s wording that “no particular person besides a pure born citizen… shall be eligible to the workplace of President”.
He additionally factors out that the 14th Amendment to the Constitution says “all individuals born… within the United States, and topic to the jurisdiction thereof, are residents”.
Prof Eastman argument hinges on the idea that Ms Harris could not have been topic to US jurisdiction if her dad and mom had been, for instance, on scholar visas on the time of their daughter’s start in California.
However, one other constitutional regulation professional advised CBS News, the BBC’s US companion, that Prof Eastman’s argument was “actually foolish”.
Erwin Chemerinsky, the dean of Berkeley Law School, wrote in an e-mail: “Under part 1 of the 14th Amendment, anybody born within the United States is a United States citizen.
“The Supreme Court has held this because the 1890s. Kamala Harris was born within the United States.”