Malik Obama
Malik Obama, half-brother of US President Barack Obama, speaks during an interview with Reuters on Obama's re-election as US President in his ancestral home village of Nyangoma Kogelo, west of Kenya's capital Nairobi, 7 November, 2012.REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya/File Photo

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has invited US President Barack Obama's half-brother Malik Obama to the third presidential debate on Wednesday (18 October). The president's half-brother announced in July that he would vote for Trump.

The Kenyan-born American citizen told The New York Post he will be a guest for Trump at the final presidential debate in Las Vegas, Nevada on 19 October. "I'm excited to be at the debate. Trump can make America great again," he said.

"I look very much forward to meeting and being with Malik," Trump told The Post. "He gets it far better than his brother."

According to The Post, Malik Obama agrees that the mainstream media is biased against Trump and dismissed the sexual assault allegations brought against the GOP nominee. "I don't believe them," he said. "Why didn't they come forward before?"

The president's sibling went on to criticise Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and accused her of exacerbating the violence in the Middle East during her time as secretary of state.

He noted that his foundation, The Barack H Obama Foundation, would be better suited to help the family's village in Kogelo, Kenya, "if I had gotten the support I should have gotten from my brother".

The Post reported that Malik last met with his brother in August 2015 following the president's visit to Kenya. "I went to the White House to say hello. I paid a courtesy call," he said. "As usual, it was a hands-off kind of thing, very businesslike, very formal."

Malik added that his presence at the final debate will not be like that of three Bill Clinton accusers who were invited to the second debate. Trump held a press conference with the women prior to the debate to reiterate their accusations against the former president and the Democratic nominee.

Trump and Clinton will face off in the final presidential debate on 19 October at 9pm EST/2am BST from UNLV in Las Vegas, Nevada.