Trump sends investigators to Hawaii to look into Obama
April 7th, 2011
08:59 AM ET
3 years ago

Trump sends investigators to Hawaii to look into Obama

Washington (CNN) – Self-proclaimed birther Donald Trump is now so doubtful of President Obama's birthplace that he's sent a team of his own investigators to Hawaii in hopes of getting to the bottom of the issue.

That's according to Trump himself, who, in an interview with NBC, warned his investigators just might uncover "one of the greatest cons in the history of politics and beyond."

"I have people that have been studying it and they cannot believe what they're finding," Trump said an interview that aired Thursday Morning.

Asked if he has assigned people specifically to search in Hawaii, Trump said, "Absolutely."

The business mogul, who in a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll is tied for second place among potential presidential candidates, also suggested the president is involved in an ongoing cover-up over the matter.

"He spent $2 million in legal fees trying on to get away from this issue, and if it weren't an issue, why wouldn't he just solve it?" he said. "I wish he would because if he doesn't, it's one of the greatest scams in the history of politics and in the history, period. You are not allowed to be a president if you're not born in this country. Right now, I have real doubts."

According to a recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national poll, 72 percent of Americans say that the president was definitely or probably born in the U.S., with one in four saying that he was definitely or probably born outside the country. But the survey indicates a partisan divide, with 43 percent of Republicans but only 11 percent of Democrats saying that Obama was definitely or probably born outside the U.S.

In 2008, the Obama campaign produced a certification of live birth that reports his birthplace as Honolulu, Hawaii – a document the Hawaii government says is official evidence of his birth in the state. Among other evidence of Obama's birth there is the fact the hospital where he was born took out ads in two Hawaiian newspapers in 1961 announcing the birth, while current Gov. Neil Abercrombie says he knew Obama's family and remembers his birth.

In the broad interview, Trump also insisted he's more serious than ever about mounting a presidential bid, but said he can't make a final decision until this season of "Celebrity Apprentice" wraps up.

"I hate to say it. I have the No. 1 show on NBC. Is that the correct statement? The "Celebrity Apprentice" is doing great," said Trump. "You're not allowed to have a show on and be a candidate. It's a great show and it's got phenomenal ratings, and until that show is over I can't declare, otherwise NBC would have to take the show off the air and that would be very unfair."

The show is set to wrap up in mid-May.


Filed under: Donald Trump • President Obama
soundoff (299 Responses)
  1. james

    yeahhhh righttt mr trump..... maybe someone should also invetigate all your business dealing... im so sure your an upstanding honest man in all your business deals????

    April 7, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  2. RAS

    Please also have them Check on Obama's grades... (under lock) . I am more interested in his grades than birth certificate. This guy can't be as smart as some people think. Come on Obama.. let's see those grades....

    April 7, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  3. Paul

    "I have people that have been studying it and they cannot believe what they're finding," Trump said an interview that aired Thursday Morning.

    You'd think that if these investigators were finding such shocking truths, Trump would be obligated as a patriotic American to tell us what they are instead of just spreading titillating gossip, right? Because otherwise you'd have to assume he's just an opportunistic liar obsessed with getting his face in the news.

    April 7, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  4. BobRayTalbot

    I would say that Mr. Trump would be a fool if he is just spouting all of this in order to get publicity...and I do not think Donald Trump is a fool. Far from it. I have never given this issue much credence; but I feel forced to consider it now.

    April 7, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  5. Dan Phillips

    Obama has no idea how to run a country.I hope America wakes up and votes in a person who has experience in running something other than their mouth.

    April 7, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  6. Anonymous

    I believe this to be a false statement by the writer of this article,"Among other evidence of Obama's birth there is the fact the hospital where he was born took out ads in two Hawaiian newspapers in 1961 announcing the birth,". I don't think the newspaper announcements were put out BY THE HOSPITAL at all. The Obama's mother's parents put an announcement in tHE paper of the birth of a grandchild but made no mention as to the ACTUAL PLACE OF BIRTH. !!!
    So, given the proven documentation, he could have been born elsewhere, even Kenya. Then when they came home it would have been possible and allowed at the time to get the CERT OF LIVE BIRTH which DOES NOT GIVE THE PLACE OF BIRTH.

    April 7, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  7. Granny Griper

    WEEHEE another Geraldo Riveria, nothinh more needs to be said such an idiot

    April 7, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  8. Robert D'Andrea

    To be president of the USA, according to the Constitution, one must be a natural born citizen. A natural born citizen is one who is born in the US and both parents are US citizens. Assuming he was born in the US (until proven otherwise) and since his father was not a US citizen, he is a native born citizen and, according to the Constitution, is not eligible to be president. He must resign.

    April 7, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  9. jt

    If Obama is not a US born, and legitimate, citizen, then he needs to be removed from office ASAP, as well as anyone he or his administration has appointed to positions in the military and intelligence services.

    April 7, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  10. Molly Weasley

    Why do the media keep giving this charlatan Trump so much free publicity? Did the irresponsible journalists at CNN and other places ever think that the reason this clown is moving up in the polls is that he gets so much free publicity? Every time he opens his mouth, you're all over it, no matter how stupid he sounds. And a "serious" candidate? Even though his business experience includes several bankruptcies? Talk about a con artist.

    April 7, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  11. Tired of the nonsense

    One of Trump's kids really needs to get power of attorney have The Donald committed. This guy has had a psychotic break and iis totally separated from reality.

    April 7, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  12. Cynthia

    I have had it with this pretender, this poser, this incompetent buffoon who cannot even pause between vacations to take care of our nation! I am 82 years old and DO NOT WANT TO DIE knowing that this evil piece of dog poop is still in office! I don't want to die feeling that this great nation no longer has any hope, dignity or respect in the world. God how I hate this evil man!

    April 7, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  13. Michael

    What a piece of garbage. "My investigators cant beleive what they are finding". Yeah, that President Obama was born in the us. Shocking!

    April 7, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  14. OneMoreTime

    Question: He is calling the President a liar, con-artist and scammer. How close to a slander lawsuit is he getting?

    April 7, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  15. Really

    trump you are the biggest bag of crap. Get over yourself, sit down and shut up. Nobody cares what you have to say. You are so not Presidential material. Your a joke.

    April 7, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  16. thomas vesely

    he wants to be president and he finds it unfair that to do so he would have to give up his crappy show. this man is a moron.
    should a moron be president ?

    April 7, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  17. ireuel

    Wow, 2012 could be fun to watch. Hey Barry show the "Original" and prove this conspiracy is crazy. Ball in your court Barry.

    April 7, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  18. Greg in Arkansas

    Trump sounds more and more like a dictator each day.....Gadhafi has the same attitude
    Can you really imagine him being president after watching his show.......
    He sounds like a good chioce when he says "you're fired" .....but that's what dictators say to everyone they don't agree with.......
    But since “his” show seems to be more important than the problems Americans have to face on a daily basis,….chasing after a birth certificate is nothing more than a publicity stunt to promote “his” personal agenda.

    April 7, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  19. Steven Bannister

    REGARDLESS of whether one supports Obama or not – the lack of an official birth certificate (and the spending of $2 million dollars to avoid the issue) IS a little bit weird, don't you think? And remember – the original "birther" movement began on the Left with Hillary Rodham Clinton's people.

    Right now, 72% of the American people believe Obama was born in the United States. But if Trump's people start turning up any contradictory evidence, just watch that number plummet like a rock.

    April 7, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  20. unbelievable

    Since Obama won't offer up any information – a huge mistake on his part – it's about time that someone finds out the truth. GO DONALD!

    April 7, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  21. tewrobert

    Go get em Trump

    April 7, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  22. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Why is Trump bothering to do this? He wants some "cred" with those that don't think he is really a conservative. I don't care if he is or isn't. The points are this: the citzenship issue has been resolved by courts already and Trump has little chance of really winning the nomination or the White House.

    April 7, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  23. willy r

    "...the hospital where he was born took out ads in two Hawaiian newspapers in 1961 announcing the birth..." Are you saying that the hospitals took out ads specifically to announce the birth of The One? Sloppy wording, to say the least. I remember something about birth announcements but, depending on the newspaper, those announcements are often supplied by relatives, like grandparents.

    April 7, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  24. John

    What an unbelievable idiot and creep Trump is. I hope he's the Republican nominee!

    April 7, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  25. BO Stinks

    Innocent people don't spend 2 million dollars hiding the truth. Obama won't show is LONG FORM birth certificate. He is hiding something. All of you NON BIRTHERS, tell him to show his long form birth certificate.

    April 7, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
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