Donald Trump invited President Obama’s estranged half-brother to the third Presidential Debate in Las Vegas on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. If Trump thought it would bother President Obama, then Trump was wrong. It has been reported that the president is unfazed about Malik Obama going to the debate and voting for Trump. In fact, the younger brother said he is not losing any sleep over what Malik does. By the way, Malik and Barack share the same father, but they have different mothers. Malik was born to his father’s first wife, and he is three years older than the president.
Malik Obama used to be a longtime Democrat, but he changed party after he got angry with his brother for not doing more for his Kenyan family. Malik has issues with Barack and with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton because of her position with his friend Muammar Gaddafi when she was Secretary of State. Malik says he is voting for Trump so Trump can make America great again. Trump says Malik gets it better than his brother. Malik is expected to attend the event, but he is not expected to speak prior to the debate as Trump’s guests did moments before the second Presidential debate.
The brothers’ relationship
Malik admits that he and Barack used to be close. They were best men in each other’s weddings. However, their relationship has declined in recent years. Malik said he was not going to be put in a box just because his half-brother is the President of the United States. Another brother, Mark Obama who lives in China, disagrees with Malik being Donald Trump’s guest at the debate. He thinks Trump is using Malik to rattle the Democrats.
As much as Trump is hoping to get under the president’s skin by inviting his relative as a guest, that’s not likely going to happen. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said he hasn’t spoken to President Obama about Malik’s attendance at the debate, but he doesn’t believe the president will spend any time thinking about whether his half-brother attends or not. Neither is he losing sleep over Malik’s promise to vote for Trump on Election Day.