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Posted: 3:31 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016

Obama's half-brother will attend debate, root for Trump

Donald Trump
George Frey
GRAND JUNCTION, CO - OCTOBER 18: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump leaves a rally at Grand Junction Regional Airport on October 18, 2016 in Grand Junction Colorado. Trump is on his way to Las Vegas for the third and final presidential debate against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

By Theresa Seiger

Cox Media Group National Content Desk


President Barack Obama's half-brother and the mother of a man killed in the 2012 Benghazi attacks will be at the final presidential debate on Wednesday night after getting invitations from Republican candidate Donald Trump.

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"I'm excited to be at the debate," Malik Obama told Page Six on Tuesday. "Trump can make America great again."

Malik Obama, an American citizen who was born in Kenya, has previously said he plans to vote for Trump.

"I look very much forward to meeting and being with Malik," Trump told The Post. "He gets it far better than his brother."

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Barack Obama has criticized the GOP nominee multiple times since he launched his campaign. At a news conference this week he told Trump to "stop whining" with unfounded claims that the November election will be rigged.

Kellyanne Conway, Trump's campaign manager, told MSNBC that the decision to invite Malik Obama was made because the campaign is "very inclusive." She denied that Trump was attempting to resurrect false claims that the president was born outside the United States.

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"He wanted to come and we're happy to give him a ticket," she said. "We're happy to invite him."

Pat Smith, the mother of Benghazi attack victim Sean Smith, will also be attending by Trump's invitation. Smith has been an outspoken critic of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, who she blames for her son's death.

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Clinton herself is bringing a pair of well-known guests, according to CNN: Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks and a frequent Trump critic; and Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett-Packard and a former Republican California gubernatorial candidate.

The debate will air at 9 p.m. ET Monday on the three major cable news networks and other outlets.