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Michelle Obama will ‘never forgive’ Trump for ‘birther’ conspiracy

November 12, 2018 - 9:00 am
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WASHINGTON (1010 WINS) -- In a new book, Michelle Obama opens up about her time in the White House and also the presidency of Donald Trump. 

She elaborated on the memoir in an interview Sunday for an ABC News special called “Becoming Michelle: A First Lady’s Journey with Robin Roberts.”

In the interview, the former first lady touched on her criticism of President Trump in her new memoir, “Becoming.”

In the book she wrote that she “stopped even trying to smile” during Trump's 2017 inauguration and that the “vibrant diversity of the two previous inaugurations were gone.”

When asked by Roberts what she thinks about what’s going on with the current administration, she said that “being commander in chief is a hard job” and that a president must be disciplined and knowledgeable.

“You need to know history, you need to be careful with your words. But voters make those decisions. And once the voters have spoken, you know, we live with what we live with,” she said.

In the memoir she writes that she’ll “never forgive” Trump for spreading the “birther” conspiracy about her husband. She wrote Trump's “loud and reckless innuendos" were "putting my family’s safety at risk.”

Obama said she ultimately had to push her fears away and focus on being first lady.

In the ABC interview, she declined to comment on the job of current first lady, Melania Trump.

“You know, one of the things you learn as a former, it's, like, I don't judge, what a current is doin', you know?” Obama said. “So I'd prefer not to, you know, speak on what she's doing versus what I did because I think every first lady approaches this job differently.

Obama's new book will be released Tuesday.