President Barack Obama’s Kenyan half brother, Malik Obama (center), in 2013 near Nyang’oma Kogelo, Kenya

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has reportedly secured the vote of President Barack Obama's half brother, Malik Obama, Reuters reports.

Malik Obama told Reuters that he supports Trump's policies, particularly his focus on security, and he also likes the nominee's straightforwardness.


"He appeals to me, and also I think that he is down to earth and he speaks from the heart, and he is not trying to be politically correct. He's just straightforward," Malik Obama said.

“‘Make America great again’ is a great slogan. I would like to meet him,” he said, according to the New York Post.

Malik Obama also called Trump's controversial stance on Muslims understandable, according to Reuters, saying, "I'm a Muslim, of course, but you can't have people going around just shooting people and killing people just in the name of Islam."

Apparently not a fan of his brother's record in the White House, Malik Obama criticized the president for not doing much for the American people. According to the Post, Malik Obama cited a "deep disappointment" in Obama's presidency, particularly over the president's support of same-sex marriage and the killing of former Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi.


"To each his own. I speak my mind, and I'm not going to be put in a box just because my brother is the president of the United States," Malik Obama told Reuters.

Following Malik Obama's announcement, Trump himself sent out a tweet about the endorsement.


Malik Obama, who used to live in Maryland, intends to fly to that state from Kenya in order to cast his vote for Trump in November, according to the Post.


Read more at Reuters and the New York Post

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