Trump again questions Obama's birthplace
March 23rd, 2011
05:14 PM ET
4 years ago

Trump again questions Obama's birthplace

(CNN) – Real estate mogul Donald Trump called on President Barack Obama Wednesday to produce his birth certificate and prove he was born in the United States.

"I want him to show his birth certificate. I want him to show his birth certificate," Trump said on ABC's "The View." "There's something on that birth certificate that he doesn't like."

The potential 2012 presidential candidate said Obama was "probably" born in the U.S., but repeated questions he raised last week about the president's childhood.

"If you go back to my first grade, my kindergarten, people remember me. Nobody from those early years remembers him," Trump said. "If you're going to be president of the United States, it says very profoundly you have to be born in this country."

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said he was a friend of Obama's parents in Hawaii and remembers when the future president was born. Abercrombie, a fellow Democrat and longtime congressman who won election as governor last November, vowed to produce an original copy of the president's birth certificate. But he abandoned those efforts earlier this year because it is against state law to release private documents, according to his spokeswoman.

In 2008, the Obama presidential campaign produced a certification of live birth that reported his birthplace as Honolulu, Hawaii. He attended kindergarten there before moving to Jakarta, Indonesia with his stepfather at age six. Katherine Nakamoto, Obama's kindergarten teacher described in 2009 to the Maui News what Obama was like as a five year old: "He was a cute, likable, heavy build-child. I could visualize Barry smiling, dressed in his long-sleeved, white shirt tucked into his brown Bermuda shorts, and wearing laced shoes."

Trump's original comments last week won praise from one Tea Party leader.

"Donald Trump has joined a lot of really sane Americans. He, like us, does not believe Barack Obama," Judson Phillips, the founder of the Tea Party Nation, said in an email Saturday to his group's supporters. "The great thing about what Donald did is he said it and he did not flinch when he said it. A lot of the alleged conservative leaders have run like cockroaches when the lights are turned on from the eligibility issue. The fact that Trump will deal with that issue and deal with it head on raises his stock as a possible Presidential candidate in a lot of people's eyes."

In Wednesday's interview, Trump, who has said he is seriously considering a bid for the White House, changed the subject to America's standing in the world when asked what voters in the next presidential election might think of his three marriages.

"I think the country is doing so badly they want somebody that's going to help it," Trump said. "I think maybe ten years, five years ago, it would have mattered. I think people want somebody to protect them and protect the country."

– CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Alexander Mooney contributed to this report


Filed under: 2012 • Donald Trump • President Obama
soundoff (137 Responses)
  1. Cedar Rapids

    "Donald Trump has joined a lot of really sane Americans. He, like us, does not believe Barack Obama," Judson Phillips, the founder of the Tea Party Nation, said in an email Saturday to his group's supporters.'

    Says all you need to know about the Tea Party.

    March 23, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  2. Joshua Ludd

    "Donald Trump has joined a lot of really sane Americans. He, like us, does not believe Barack Obama,"

    Remind me again why his citizenship was ever in question. Oh yeah... funny name and brown skin.

    March 23, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  3. TB

    Come on Mr. Trump...you CAN'T be serious. Birth announcements in 2 different 1961 newspapers...the eyewitness testimonies of Hawaii's current Governor AND our President's kidergarten teacher...the very ambitious Clinton political machine NOT using this issue to take Barack Obama out BEFORE he could be nominated...

    Honestly Mr. Trump...I thought you would be a lot smarter than this...

    March 23, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  4. David Cincinnati

    My wife just now said, "Trump is even more of an idiot than I'd thought".

    March 23, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  5. Rob

    Smokey said: "I have respect for Trump in the success he has made for himself. But at this point he is sounding like another crazed conspiracy theorist. Why people continue to go down this line of questioning, I'll never know. I mean get passed that, and actually talk about politics."

    Smokey, perhaps it is because obama has NEVER produced a simple birth certificate. He produced a "certificate of live birth" which is NOT a verifiable document (they won't accept that if you were to try to use it to obtain a passport). It's a simple request, and it would be a simple solution if he'd just produce one. The fact that odumbo continues to dodge the question only adds fuel to the fire as to whether or not he was born in the US – he could shut everybody up & say "see, I told you so" if all he would do is produce it. If someone asked me for my birth certificate, I could produce it in about 5 minutes as I keep a certified, stamped copy in a fireproof safe at home.

    He also has NEVER produced his transcripts from college, nor his thesis, nor divulged where he got the money to attend college (some say it was from Bill Ayers's mentor, a marxist idealogue).

    He has also stated that he was mentored by & sought out Marxist professors while in college.

    so it's not just some crazy conspiracy theorists, it's because the man is hiding stuff.

    March 23, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  6. maryderricotte

    Donald Trump has enough money to prove Presodent Obama is not a citizen. He knows that Obama is a citizen he is trying to test the waters to see if the red neck hicks and TEA Party will vote for him. I think not Donald.

    March 23, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  7. Clevelandben

    Well, "the donald"..I'd like to see your REAL hair and tax returns. Who does your make-up? What ARE your beliefs when it comes to abortion, taxes..the REAL issues?! Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm???

    March 23, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  8. ChicagoComments

    "I think people want somebody to protect them and protect the country."

    Yikes! Donald Trump, a person who has mismanaged his and other people's wealth wants to help the USA?

    Donald Trump wants to protect us and the country? From what? His avarice and greedy friends on Wall Street and the major banks that have driven this country to its knees through a combination of planned stupidity and incompetence?

    Donald Trump is a poster-child for the chronically arrogant and patronizing class of people who have only their own self interests in mind.

    March 23, 2011 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  9. Binyam

    What an idiot mr. Trump is, he better clean his messy life history before attacking the president of the United States.
    It is sad that the republican party is erpresented by people like Palin and Trump.

    March 23, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  10. Evil Liberal

    There is an easy way to put this whole issue to bed once and for all. Produce a birth certificate! Jordan needs to check his facts. No actual birth certificate has ever been produced by the President and he refuses to produce one. Why? Why, Mister President wont you show us your birth certificate and make these birthers look like fools? I know why......

    March 23, 2011 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  11. Mature

    I guess that's the 2012 Winning Message from the Republican. I'll just decide now to Vote Obama.

    March 23, 2011 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  12. Dave

    Looking at he current crop of Republican Presidential candidates, Trump included, I would vote for Mickey Mouse over any of them. Trump is the perfect example of how money doesn't buy class or common sense.

    March 23, 2011 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  13. TB

    I think it's time that someone stands up and calls out this birther controversy for what it really is....

    There's a bunch of white-supremastist racists in this country who absolutely refuse to accept the fact that a black man was elected President of the United States. Many of these people believe that blacks are sub-human "monkeys" that should be kept "in their place", should be segregated from white people, and shouldn't be allowed to hold public office, period. Donald Trump has just allied himself with these despicible people.

    March 23, 2011 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  14. Trump is a sad little man

    Republic policy for the next 20 months: If Obama says yes, we say no; if Obama says no, we say yes; if Obama says up, we say down, . . . get ready for the broken record from the broken party.

    March 23, 2011 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  15. jjaz

    Typical conservative republican move. You must pander to lowest common denominator. You can't get the votes if you don't act dumber than the dumbest conservative.

    March 23, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  16. AZ Dem

    Go away Donald Trump you aren't ever going to be president and all you're really doing is showing us exactly what would be your priority if you were in the office. This country doesnt need to be run like Trump enterprises.

    March 23, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  17. Dale

    Any politician that participates in slanderous conspiracy theories gets no support from me.

    March 23, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  18. Brian

    Enough already with the nonsense! A copy of his birth certificate was published on the cover of Time magazine for crying out loud and they produced a copy of the birth announcement from the paper. This is nothing but racism pure and simple. Even John McCain agreed he was a citizzen. Remeber when McCain corrected the lady at a rally when she insisted that Obama was a Muslim?

    March 23, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  19. MN Tom

    I would like to see his birth certificate also, I personally think he was born in Kenya, if he was born in the US then why would he not show his birth certificate to the people. I have a copy of mine and would gladly show it. He is hiding something.

    March 23, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  20. jj

    Donald Trump...a complete imbecile!..

    March 23, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  21. Trump is a sad little man

    Maybe Duh Donald will produce his bankruptcy filings.

    How can a casino go bankrupt? I mean, it's the house. You would have to be the absolute worst businessman in the world.

    March 23, 2011 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  22. Pat in IL

    Stupid is the only word that comes to mind. Doesn't he have better things to do? BTW, does he have any kind of platform? I haven't heard him say anything about how he would run things, etc. All I've heard is the usual Republican/Tea Party divisiveness, hate mongering, and downright stupid stuff.

    March 23, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  23. tony

    Bringing up this subject shows blatant pandering to a paranoid, conspiracy obsessed, red-neck, racist group of people who cannot deal with a black man as president. Be careful who you align yourself with, Mr. Trump, for you will have to answer to them yourself one day.

    March 23, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  24. Haile

    The other day Mr. Trump told us how he cheated Mr. Gadafi by leasing him a piece of land in NY.
    What an amazing news, the future president Mr. Trump telling us how he cheated.
    Mr. Trump we know all about you before you came out public.

    March 23, 2011 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  25. maggie

    Who has Trump questioned in Hawaii that would remember Obama? Has he went there first hand? A teacher remembers Obama. Obama was multi racial, maybe they didn't pay close attention to him. Maybe he wasn't elite enough to be remembered. Unless Obama were a precocious child, how many people would remember him? How many kids do you know in your neighborhood, if they are not your kids friends? The mayor knew Obama's parents, isn't that good enough for Trump? Is he calling the Mayor of Honolulu a liar? Obama's birth was recorded in the Honolulu papers, did they just put that in there because they wanted to? Usually the hospital or records gives those names to the paper, it is not the parents who do it. I don't see any reason to question Obama's birth place. The man who started this inquisition is a known hater of anybody on the left. He planned this all along knowing there would be just enough gullible people to keep it going, and enough that wanted it to be true. They couldn't find anything else about Obama to demonize him because outside of smoking a few funny cigarettes, they can't up with anything else. People like Trump are so used to dealing with sleeze, when they come upon someone like Obama, who is above reproach, they figure there has to be something he is hiding, because it is what they would do. It is laughlable, that after nearly 3 years as president, a rigorous campaign from Republicans and Democrats, they still can't prove a thing, because there is nothing to prove.

    March 23, 2011 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
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