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Donald Trump takes a swipe at First Lady Michelle Obama

US presidential hopeful Donald Trump has made First Lady Michelle Obama a public target of his anger for the first time, attacking her for comments she once made about his rival Hillary Clinton.

"[Barak Obama’s] wife, all she wants to do is campaign. And I see how much his wife likes Hillary," Mr Trump told a Republican rally in North Carolina, as he shifted his attack from the US President to the First Lady.

"But wasn’t she the one that originally started the statement: If you can’t take care of your home ... You can’t take care of the White House or the country," Mr Trump said, paraphrasing a memorably harsh remark that Ms Obama made of Ms Clinton when she ran for the 2008 Democratic nomination.

Ms Obama earned praise from Ms Clinton last week for delivering a withering critique of Mr Trump and his "intolerable" attitude toward women.

Mr Trump hit back at a rally on Friday.

"She’s the one that started that," he said of Ms Obama’s comments.

"I said ’We can’t say that, it’s too vicious,’" he went on.

"Now she said that, but we don’t hear about that."

Ms Obama had caused a stir during the 2008 primaries, when she addressed a women-for-Obama event in Chicago and criticised Ms Clinton, whose husband, former president Bill Clinton, was accused of sexually harassing and abusing women.

"One of the things, the important aspects of this race, is role-modelling what good families should look like," Ms Obama said at the time.

"And my view is that, if you can’t run your own house, you certainly can’t run the White House. Can’t do it."

Last week, the White House warned Mr Trump against potentially firing back at the First Lady after her anti-Trump speech.

"I can’t think of a bolder way for Donald Trump to lose even more standing than he already has than by engaging the first lady of the United States," White House spokesman Eric Schultz said.


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