“I heard it today that she doesn’t meet the requirements,” Trump said of Harris in August. “I have no idea if that’s right. I would have thought, I would have assumed, that the Democrats would have checked that out before she gets chosen to run for vice president.”
At the time, Trump also praised Eastman as a talented and qualified lawyer.
The campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment about when Eastman was added to the legal team.
Newsweek later attached an extensive statement to the op ed denouncing birtherism and claimed the essay “was intended to explore a minority legal argument about the definition of who is a ‘natural-born citizen’ in the United States. But to many readers, the essay inevitably conveyed the ugly message that Senator Kamala Harris, a woman of color and the child of immigrants, was somehow not truly American.”