Ohio Gov. John Kasich did not appear too pleased on Friday about questions about President Barack Obama’s birthplace.
Shortly before an Oval Office meeting with Obama and other national leaders to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a multinational trade agreement, ABC’s Jon Karl asked Obama whether he’d like to respond to Donald Trump’s admission that Obama was born in the US.
After Karl asked his question, Kasich was captured on video shaking his head silently:
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“I am shocked that a question like that would come up when we’ve got so many other things to do,” Obama said. “I’m not that shocked, actually. It’s pretty typical.”
“I’m pretty confident about where I was born,” he added. “I hope that the presidential election reflects more serious issues than that.”
Asked later on Friday about his response to Karl’s question, Kasich emphasized to reporters that he would not weigh in on Trump’s former conspiratorial views.
“Bruce Springsteen has to be really happy because ‘Born in the USA’ is probably selling a lot more albums nowadays,” Kasich said. “I’m here to talk about TPP, not where someone was born.”