Trump again questions Obama's birthplace
March 23rd, 2011
05:14 PM ET
3 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. jms58

    This story leads me to question Trump"s sanity.

    March 23, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  2. Eileen

    How ridiculous. Which other president (or for that matter presidential candidate) has ever been asked to provide a birth certificate? This is just another pathetic attempt to sidetrack people

    March 23, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  3. hobart

    Donald, you've finally revealed your true colors. You are a certifiable nut job. Based on your business experience, you once had the attention of most fiscal moderates. No longer. Got any other conspiracies and boogeymen to scare us with? Jerk!

    March 23, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  4. marty

    My sibling once told me that you don't have to be smart to be wealthy, just greedy. Donald Trump just reaffirmed that statement.

    March 23, 2011 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  5. erika

    Birthers and Donald:
    A. it is interesting that you think you have the right to invade privacy of an individual by ignoring the rightful limits he sets.
    B. it is interesting to see how embarrassingly envious you are of Obama's incredible, unique and outstanding background.

    March 23, 2011 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  6. LEON CHILDS

    With all the problems and pain and suffering we are enduring right now, please oh please lets talk about things to bring this country and the world forward

    March 23, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  7. Ken in NC

    Is it really true that Trump was mfg. in Canada? I wanna know. He needs to show his birth certificate.

    March 23, 2011 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  8. Felix

    He claims to be a smart man and yet questions the citizenship of the President. Is that not an oxymoron. He has all the monies in this world and has the connections to sniff out the truth. So, why can't he sacrifice a few million dollars and commission some knowledgeable people to get to the bottom of this instead of jumping and rolling in the gutter to appease the crazies.

    March 23, 2011 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  9. sue

    This man is as nuts as the one that is running the country of Lybia..........Yeah Obama will show his birth certificate when Trump stops combing that bunch of bleached hair over his bald spot.......Boy Republicans it's these idiots like Trump, Palin, Baughan, Angle that going to throw you under the bus in 2012 , so enjoy your majority while it last, because it's going to be short lived,

    March 23, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  10. sac

    What is wrong with proof of citizenship? It makes me wonder why he does not proof it and why you are willing to accept this. I just wonder if some Republican could not come up with proof you would just say, no problem. I think not! Lots of hate from such people of tolerance.

    March 23, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  11. Keith

    Trump's ego has discovered entertainment. He knows he gets attention by pretending to be a "birther". Does anybody REALLY think Trump cares all that much about whether he's just telling tall stories or not? He's just doing his own immitation of Beck and Limbaugh. Any controversy, good or bad, is good for your ratings.

    March 23, 2011 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  12. Elphaba

    Yeah, yeah, yeah. Obama was born in Kenya, and Death Panels are up and running now that Obama care has passed. Wow, you die hard birthers are a real funny bunch. TB, I'm not sure you have it as it is, but you're damn close!

    March 23, 2011 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  13. Sidprejean

    Donald Trump is a moron. That is probably unfair to morons.
    He'd probably rather be wearing an aluminium hat, talking to the back helicopters, but no aluminium hat would fit over that rayon wig.
    Looking forward to the time when the American voting public, probably represented by Republican primary voters in Iowa or New Hampshire, says, "Donald, you're fired."

    March 23, 2011 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  14. lexrn

    Did either idiot Bush, Reagan, or any previous President have to prove where they were born? I doubt it. I don't think all GOP's are this asinine, are they?

    March 23, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  15. Allen N Wollscheidt

    THAT does it : For me, Trump is dead ! ! !
    .

    March 23, 2011 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  16. BlackhorseF13

    On page 116 in " Audacity Of Hope " the second autobiography by O'bama ,he explains why he is not now producing the certificate.

    March 23, 2011 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  17. tor

    Trump says "Nobody from those early years remembers him." But, of course, lots of people do remember him. This is right out of the Republican playbook: Tell a lie often enough and it becomes the truth. Who would have thought that Trump, with the money and ego and hair, would be so easily pimped out by the right wing?

    March 23, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  18. PoorRichard

    Not one of the jokers questioning the birth certificate EVER questioned W's lack of a military record showing that he actually performed his duties.

    There are actual eye-witnesses that have testified that W did NOT report for duty.
    There are no actual eye-witnesses testifying that Obama was born elsewhere.

    Double standard, much?

    March 23, 2011 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  19. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    if Trump is going to go this route it just lets me know the GOP has little to run on against Obama other than the "he's not one of us fear" deal that they have been putting out there since day one. It has worked for a while and still does with the less educated right wing FoxNews groupies but more people are starting to see what foolishness this really is. Huckabee got this mess going again a few weeks ago and has been silent since then, For Trump to bring this subject up on a show like the View I am surprised Whoopie and Co. didn't run him off the show. Karl Rove kept saying that it is the White House that keeps this "birther" stuff going to make the GOP look stupid. Well Rove guess again who is starting this crap now. And his latter statement is correct the GOP DOES look stupid.

    March 23, 2011 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  20. AudreyinGa

    So the CIA, FBI, Homeland Security, the Pentagon and any other security intelligence agencies of the United States of America are lying?!?!?

    March 23, 2011 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  21. Roscoe

    If you want to elect a slick, moral free opportunist who boasts of screwing those he does business with, find the guy who screwed the Donald into bankruptcy. If you want to elect a self centered loser, vote for the Donald.

    March 23, 2011 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  22. uscentral

    So, blowhard admits there is a birth certificate by asking to see it. ( "There's something on that birth certificate that he doesn't like.") I didn't hear him allege that there was no birth certificate.
    And, really, all election officials, and the supreme court, would keep this secret? Come on. I think most birthers secretly fantisize that there will be a great revelation and they will be proven right. Just like those waitng for the UFOs.
    Hey, what's that up in the sky? Did you see that.?

    March 23, 2011 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  23. Roscoe

    Remember, what is bad for Palin or Trump is good for America.

    March 23, 2011 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  24. Pete, MN

    Voters were so gung-ho to jump on the Republican bandwagon after drinking propaganda filled tea in November, you know,
    "we don't want no stinking Obama socialism". That is, until they found out that cuts in their middle class valued benefits, which they also share with so called "minorities is what the republicans were really referring to. Too late now, isn't it?Americans are too fickle and mired in their own ignorance and prejudice to vote their own interests. Fool me once, . . . twice . . .hundreds of times, shame on me.

    March 23, 2011 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  25. Lois

    I never knew that Trump had joined the weirdos of this country. Unreal. The Gov past AND present verified his birth certificate, (REP AND DEM) The head of the dept of statistics in Hawaii has verified the birth ciertificate. It is incredible to me that people are really this dumb. McCain and the Republicans would have busted it wide open had anythikng funny was covered up. Only the nutcases remain. I will NOT vote Rep again until some really SANE ones step up. You better hurry too.

    March 23, 2011 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
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