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.


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soundoff (299 Responses)
  1. Penobscot

    Dude! Trump gets my vote if he outs Obama....

    The thing I love about Trump is that he doesn't pander and he doesn't put up with BS. Love him.

    April 7, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  2. Tina

    I will feel better and sleep better with Donald Trump as President of the United States of America. He is a leader, a patriot, a man.

    April 7, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  3. vburke

    Well, there's one out of the running. Darwin at work.

    April 7, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  4. wow

    Dear Donald,
    Please, PLEASE go away. You are an idiot. Take Sara Palin and just go away!

    April 7, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  5. James klimaski

    That's he way to conduct an invesigation, tell the investigators th conclusion and have them write something up that supports it, even that you might have to base it on inuendo and rumor. But we shoudn't be surprised at this, since The Donald has admited that is how he does business.

    April 7, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  6. Doug O

    Thank You Mr Trump!! Finally someone with the balls to look into this. Please don't forget to check the zoo and aquarium records for the birth certificate as there definitely seems to be something "fishy" in all this "monkey business"!

    April 7, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  7. mjs

    I think this article speaks for itself. Too many people have been stone walled trying to settle this issue. Hopefully Mr. Trump can put this to bed regardless of the outcome. Eitherway this country needs a leader like the Donald. If he decides to run, he has my vote.

    April 7, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  8. Brandon

    Wait... So his investigators are actually finding evidence!

    What happens if Trump is right?

    April 7, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  9. James klimaski

    That's he way to conduct an invesigation, tell the investigators the conclusion and have them write something up that supports it, even that you might have to base it on inuendo and rumor. But we shoudn't be surprised at this, since The Donald has admited that is how he does business.

    April 7, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  10. Henry

    I think this buffoon is really serious. We are in big trouble with this Repukes.

    April 7, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  11. vicki jo

    Trump doesn't realize..obama is the president of the USA. He has supporters and the power to cover up whatever he wants and so nobody will know the truth until obuma reveals it himself. The clinton's would have found the evidence if it was there. hillary had more to gain and as cutthroat and scheming as the clintons are, they found nothing. I would, however, donate to a fund to raise several millions dollars as a reward to the one weak person out there who would come forward with the truth. Money talks and so far, Trump hasn't offered anyone that 'carrot' to make them sing like a bird. I do believe obama is NOT a citizen so will support ANY effort to find the truth. How about obama's passpost record or talking to the place where his father was born? The truth is out there, Trump is looking in all the wrong places.

    April 7, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  12. Diana

    The reason why we are hated is because of BS like this. Donald sent a team of investigators to Hawaii . . . . seriously is this what you spend your money on? You spend all this money to investigate something that was already proven to prove what. Is this how you are going to spend our money when you are President in your wet and twisted dreams?

    April 7, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  13. rusty155

    Donald Trump are you Really that Dumb . Most American People Is Going To Believe People that you are paying are going to be Truth full. You need to get of this Birther sh-t It Is Really making look an IDIOT. AND BESIDE YOU WILL NEVER WIN, YOU FILE FOR BANKRUPT MORE TIME THAN ANY BODY IN AMERICA. Beside that you say on T.V. that you enjoy screwing People and American have all ready been screw enough , And we don't need to get Screw any more. Plus you need a new hair peace.

    April 7, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  14. john carson

    You are wrong on facts. Obamas grandfather took out the ad.Abercrombie only remembers Obama from about age 5 and later. You are so factually wrong here. I will donate $1000.00 to your charity if your facts are correct on these 2 matters. Also, NO HOSPITAL HAS COME FORWARD TO SAY HE WAS BORN AT THEIR HOSPITAL. Come get my $1000.00 if you are correct here! email me, you have it!

    April 7, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  15. JasonP

    Umm CNN, it would be better to say that the Department of Health and Human Services took those ads out in the newspapers, which holds more water than saying the hospital did it.

    April 7, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  16. julie

    A CNN poll says that 72% of American's think he was born in the USA. I'm skeptical.

    April 7, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  17. Casual

    UUUUMMMMM, okay, seriously, I think the man is ill. Please take Mr. Trump to the nearest mental health care ward of any random hospital.

    Talk about reaching. And I wonder if he feels he is endearing himself to the voters by spending this kind of time and effort on this nonsense. All he is showing me is that likes to throw money around, Donny, let me get my mit before you throw your cash around, I actually will put it to good use.
    To play Devil's advocate briefly, lets say for kicks that Obama is not a citizen, as if that revaltion would all of sudden make him a hero and now we just gotta for him! He reminds me of Ralphie from A Christmas Story.......you know when he is day dreamin' about how sorry his parents will be when he is blinded by the soap in his mouth for cussin'.......

    Oh, the voters will hoist me up on their shoulders and walk me all around the streets of New York! I need coffee.

    April 7, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  18. a6102658

    This man is a disgrace to human beings....You would think that a man with such a stature and wealth will engage in conspiracy theories....I know it is all about politics and trying to get voters attention, but while he could be gaining votes with this tactic at the same time others are looking the other way and he may have a zero gains at the end of the day.

    April 7, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  19. Dave

    The ads announced that his mother filed for a Certificate of Live Birth. They were not filed for his birth. Up until the 1980's anyone could file for a COLB even if they were not born in this country.

    April 7, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  20. John Gault

    The line about the hospital posting birth announcements in two newspapers is either a lie or very poor fact-checking.
    Even the people who support the claim Obama was born there don't claim that a hospital placed the ads. Did a hospital place an ad when you were born? Think people.
    The claim is his grandparents paid for the announcements. However, no paper copy has been produced, only a microfiche that has not been substantiated. It is certainly not a "fact" as this 'Political Producer" claims here.
    What is being claimed by Trump and many others is a Federal Crime, and a crisis of legitimacy for the current government. Why is this not written by a real reporter, reporting real facts?
    When I joined the Army, I showed my real birth certificate. But I can be President only by saying I was born here?
    This person in the White House could not get a Secret security clearance based on his use of an alias, dual national status at birth [UK / Kenya and US], and later by adoption [Indonesia]. The only passport that has been shown is the one issued AFTER he was President. The LT who saw his passport file was shot in the back of the head in a parked car in D.C. Google it.

    April 7, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  21. Mike B

    I love Celebrity Apprentice and Donald Trump. He's an exceptionally smart guy (Whaton grad), he's a tough business man, and an incredible self-promoter. This birther thing and presidential run is all publicity. They ask, "What do you think about running for President," and he answers, "Watch my TV show!" Brilliant, just brilliant.

    Go get'em Donald; you're getting lots of press!.

    April 7, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  22. John

    what a pathetic clown

    April 7, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  23. GI Joe

    What a waste of money. I'm sure the Koch brothers, the Clintons, the McCains, and Karl Rove already did the same thing. How many idiots DO we have in this country? (Waaaaaayyyyy too many - I know, my Sister on a dead-end street in the hills of WV is one of them). Ghhhheeeeeeesh

    April 7, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  24. Sean

    Release the Hounds !

    April 7, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  25. Robert

    Just what we need. A candidate that has been bankrupt numerous times, financially, morally, and now proving to be intelledctually bankrupt also. Get rid of the clown parade and get serious about solving our country's problems. We can buy a ticket to watch the circus. Let those whose professions have been to govern get on with governing, but with the courage to make the tough decisions. Cutting alone will not solve the crises. It will take tax increases on businesses and the wealthy coupled with spending cuts to provide the much needed balance to restore the strength of the US (and along with it the world's) economy.

    April 7, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
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