NEW YORK — Donald Trump has been accused of being “the first person to publicly accuse” Barack Obama of ordering the murder of the president, but the billionaire real estate mogul says his book “The Eagle” helped boost his 2016 presidential bid.
“I think it was a big factor in my success in the election,” Trump told The Associated Press by phone Friday, adding that his campaign had made a concerted effort to build up his campaign staff in preparation for the election.
The book, published Friday, tells the story of a young man named Andrew Bosta who was in jail in Kenya in 2007 after being accused of murder.
It is the first book to make the case that the former president ordered the killing of the then-president.
Trump told the AP he was not at the time aware of Bostocks allegations.
He also said he did not know that the book was published by The Eagle newspaper.
During the 2016 presidential race, Trump has called the allegations “fake news” and said he had not read the book.
Former President Barack Obama speaks at the White House on Feb. 12, 2020, in Washington, D.C. He was re-elected by a landslide.
Bostocks book was the subject of much speculation, particularly after his arrest in 2007.
In a 2009 interview with the British magazine The Independent, Bostocking said that he had been imprisoned in Kenya by the government of President Uhuru Kenyatta, but that he was released after a series of talks with Obama.
Obama and his National Security Council, or NSC, did not respond to a request for comment.
A spokeswoman for the U.S. Embassy in Kenya said it had no comment on the book’s release.
Andrew Bosta, the man accused of the murder and accused of conspiring to murder Obama, in a 2009 photo published by the Kenyan newspaper The Independent.
Read more about the book at ABC News.
The Eagle newspaper was published in early March and had been cited in multiple news outlets, including The Associated World News.
Donald Trumps campaign website said the book helped raise money for Trump’s presidential bid and that it was an “honor” to have Bostocked “admit that he made a mistake.”
Bosta said he believed his story was true because the Kenyan government denied his claims.
But Trump, who was born in Kenya and who spent much of his childhood in the U and has a Kenyan father, denied any involvement in the book, saying it was published under a pseudonym.
“That’s the one thing I can’t believe,” Trump said, adding: “It’s so fake news.
You know why?
Because I never read it.
I don’t have to read it.”
Trump’s 2016 campaign, which he ran as a Democrat, did nothing to stop his book from being published.
He continued to push the narrative of the assassination of Obama, even after his son, Donald Trump Jr., posted an excerpt of the book online.
Last week, Trump told ABC News he did have “the most incredible response” to the book when he was asked about it.
However, he said he was “very disappointed” by the reaction.
ABC News’ Matt Lee contributed to this report.