Trump talks birthers, White House adviser predicts his failure
April 10th, 2011
12:19 PM ET
3 years ago

Trump talks birthers, White House adviser predicts his failure

Washington (CNN) - Real estate mogul Donald Trump kept up his birther blasts Sunday, while one White House adviser hoped his stock continues to rise.

Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Trump called the situation surrounding President Obama’s birth certificate “very strange,” lamenting the negative connotation attached to “birthers.”


“The fact is nobody has any information. And his people in the United States don’t even know which hospital. His relatives don’t even know which hospital he was born in,” Trump told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. “It’s a very strange situation, that’s all I can tell you. And you know, it’s a very sad thing because the people, the birthers, they got labeled and they got labeled so negatively and even the word birther is a negative word.”

In 2008, the Obama campaign released a copy of the certificate, saying the serial number was blacked out for concern over Hawaiian procedure. Since then, many news organizations and the Annenberg Fact Check Project saw the original with the serial number, an embossed seal and a stamped signature.

But that remains insufficient for the “Celebrity Apprentice” star who again said: “Why doesn’t he show is birth certificate,” before insisting he’d rather talk about other issues facing the United States.

“I don’t like to talk about this issue too much, because I really would rather talk about China, I would really rather talk about what OPEC is doing to destroy us, I would really rather talk about other things,” Trump said.

While the potential 2012 presidential contender continues to make the television rounds with his new mantra, White House senior adviser David Plouffe dismissed Trump’s rhetoric, saying it would not impact the overall 2012 race for the White House.

“There may be a small part of the country that believes these things, but mainstream America thinks it’s a sideshow,” Plouffe said on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday. “That’s not leadership, that’s a kind of a sideshow behavior.”

Plouffe also predicted a negative future for Trump in the presidential field.

“I saw Donald Trump kind of rising in the polls. Given his behavior, and the spectacle of the last couple weeks, I hope he keeps on rising,” Plouffe said. “There is zero chance that Donald Trump would ever be hired by the American people to do this job.”

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soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. Political Idiots

    I was born in the State of Iowa. Guess what? My certified birth certificate says "Certification of Live Birth".
    Obama inherited a huge mess when he entered office. It doesn't improve overnight or even in 4 years. When people work together, great things happen. Our politicians make us hated worldwide and bring us shame.
    As far as the playground fighting by parties a facebook posting says it all: Dear Congress, Last year I mismanaged my funds and this year my spouse and I cannot decide on a budget. Until we have come to a unified decision that fits all of our needs and interests, we will have to shut down our checkbook and will no longer be able to pay our taxes. I'm sure you'll understand. Thank you very much for setting an example we can all follow.

    April 10, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  2. NYKA

    So, according to Trump, Obama's family in Hawaii knew, over 50 years ago that their boy would be President some day, and "trumped" up a phony birth certificate????? Trump implies that because the announcement appeared "* 8 days later," that of course that gave the family that may have been in Kenya, time to rush to Honolulu with the "chosen boy" who would become President., and registered his birth!!! Give me a break Donald. I fire you from my list of the "real" believable people. Stick to the business world. How much did you pay in taxes??

    April 10, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. Howard

    Now that Donald Trump is gaining in popularity, he is a real threat to Obama's 2012 reelection campaign ... so the Obama camp is doing what they do best, attempting to smear and discredit anyone who threatens the fabricated image of Barack Obama. In this case the target is Donald Trump. The fact of the matter is that Trump is a thousand times more qualified than Obama, for turning our country's economy around. The economy which is on life support, thanks to Barack Obama. And, Trump is not the only one who questions whether of not Obama was born in the U.S.A. ... there are millions and millions of us. To save America, we must dump Obama, Pelosi and Reid ... and, elect someone who truly loves America ... someone like Donald Trump !!!

    April 10, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  4. Cheri

    Why is it no one ever mentions that the President's mother is a US citizen?? John McCain wasn't born in this country but is a US citizen because his parents were. So if McCain can be a citizen born outside the US, why can't Obama? Why isn't Obama a US citizen no matter WHERE he was born???

    April 10, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  5. jevans

    If they're going to spout this stuff, they should have to explain their scenario. Just how did a young mother of little means bring a new baby into the United States without any papers?

    April 10, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  6. vic , nashville ,tn

    He does the firing and hiring now we don’t want to hire him

    April 10, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  7. Herbie Walker

    “I don’t like to talk about this issue too much, because I really would rather talk about China."

    But if you were talking about China, nobody would listen.

    You're just another conservative political carpetbagger, Mr. Trump. Please go away so we can get back to business.

    April 10, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  8. Stephen Charchuk

    It's totally irrelevant where he was born. His mother was an American citizen at the time so he would have dual-citizenship at the very least.

    April 10, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  9. Mixed Bag

    Trump isn't to be taken seriously.

    President Obama is.

    So...let's talk about more recent news.

    Shouldn't we be welcoming the newest member of the Tea Party, President Barack Obama?

    He'll be giving a national address on Thursday outlining his proposals to cut federal spending, long term.

    That's the Tea Party's central issue!

    Climb aboard, Mr. President!

    The Tea Party needs you!

    April 10, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. Ddms

    Just how much sheer looniness can be crammed onto a single presidential ticket? I think the Republicans are going to show us in 2012. Any combination of Trump, Ryan, Palin, Bachmann, Walker and Beck should fill the bill.

    April 10, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  11. Chuk

    Trump is a loser. Nex issue...

    April 10, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  12. LW

    I am writing to share concern the Mr. Trump continues to "stir the pot" over Mr. Obama's birth State. As a teacher who worked overseas and witnessed many births of American babies by teachers/parents working at my school, they could obtain their American birth certificate by going through the US Embassy to declare the birth and get an official birth certificate by showing their passport that declares the parents to be American (US) citizens. Therefore, even if Mr. Obama was born in Kenya, his mother was a US citizen with an American passport. It seems that could have taken care of this issue. Therefore, if he wasn't officially born in Hawaii, couldn't this solve the issue by declaring this issue was truly the case? However, if he WAS born in Hawaii, he furnished evidence to satisfy many. This issue should be dropped as it IS a non-winner, Mr. Trump!

    April 10, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  13. Oliver

    II'd just like to note that the "birthers" are very much the same people who defended the idea 4 years ago of changing the constitution to allow Arnold Schwarzenegger the chance to run for president? Such hypocrites.

    April 10, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  14. Ellen

    Even if Obama were born overseas (for the sake of the argument) he was born to an American citizen. That makes him an American citizen, and therefore qualified to run. The President has to be a citizen but does not have to be born on American turf. How would Trump answer that? If his wife or daughter decided to give birth in France, they would not have to have the baby naturalized a citizen on returning to the US. At most, they would have dual citizenship, and the Constitution does not say anything about that status disqualifying a person. Obama's maternal grandparents and his mother were unquestionably citizens-that makes him a citizen no matter where he was born, even in Kenya, as long as his mother is his mother!

    April 10, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  15. laura

    He say's he wants to talk about China, then continues banging the birther drum. I really think he starting to beleive his own BS.

    April 10, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  16. Tom Joad

    Mr. Plouffe is wrong – we should never hope that the Republicans will put their worst candidate forward because he/she "can't win". Sometimes the worst people imaginable get elected. How else can you account for Inhofe, Bachmann, Palin, Rand Paul, etc. etc. etc.

    April 10, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  17. soc

    Mr. Trump is an extremely dangerous person, in my view. He exhibits all of the hallmarks of a dictator. Only Trump knows how to solve a problem. Only Trump's opinions matter. Electing Trump to the Presidency would risk the end of our representative democracy, not much different than what happened in ancient Rome.

    The good news, however, is that if Trump were elected, he would have to put all of his assets into a blind trust, and appoint a trustee to operate his businesses. In my view, Trump could not live with being deprived control over his assets, because he is by all observations, a "control freak," and since no one can tell him what to do, and all great ideas must begin with him. Thus, once he actually realizes that he will have to release control in order to obtain the Presidency, he may simply back out of the race.

    Or, he may take the Presidency, suspend Congress by application of military force, and then declare himself emperor.

    I feel a disturbance in the "Force..." or, is it the farce?

    April 10, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. Frustrated Independent Voter !

    Trump has lost all credibility pandering to the wacko's ! It's obvious that he doesn't have idea's that people can identify with , so just like the other republicans he just attack's and hopes that people don't pay attention to the fact that they have nothing tangible to offer ! 2012 is looking pretty good for Obama and the Democrats now that we have seen how out of touch the republicans are on things that actually matter to Americans !

    April 10, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  19. shylockk

    Trump, Palin, and McCain. Lump in loud mouth Boehner and that's all the Deme need to secure the next election

    April 10, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  20. fayse

    If "the " Donald has a real interest in running for the Presidency then, why dosen't he disclose his financial statements, his bankruptcy filings and his divorce papers. I realize that some of this may be unpresidented but, we should have a full disclosure of his financial dealings and his legal filings. He is not a serious candidate, he is interested in ratings and a more lucrative contract with Fox. One of the reasons that he is not serious is because he "can't" disclose his financial statements because, I suspect that these statements would show that he is grossly inflating his worth. He is a con man as as such, he can fool some of the people some of the time but, he cannot fool all of the people all of the time.

    April 10, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  21. terry,va

    Trump is not stupid. There must be something he has found in addition to Obummie spending millions to keep his records from being released. The easiest way to prove he was born in Hawaii is to show his mother's admission to the hospital and his subsequent birth. I'm just saying, where there is smoke there is fire.

    April 10, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  22. Katra

    It's sad Donald is seeking popularity for his brand. Someone should tell him that it's not all about him. He won't run because it will hurt NBC as he as the best rated show..He is a self centred nar....perosn. Media should stop giving the likes of Trump the platform to erode what is great about American.

    April 10, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  23. jimbo

    So many fools on this site who blindly follow this Pied Piper Obama...not caring in the least that he most likely pulled off a highly treasonous act by claming he was born in Hawaii without any real proof.. Google Sunday Standard :"Kenyan born Obama runs for US Senate 2004. Or do you think the newspaper was lying back then in 2004 when it didnt matter that a foreign born candidate could run for Senate..They can...but not for President.... and all of you are allowed only ONE social security number...Obama has SEVERAL ...including one from
    Connecticut that belonged once to a dead man and thats clearly against the law. ocial Security numbers ARE NOT recycled....you would be arrested if you tried this stunt.. ..Obama makes that crook Nixon look like an amateur.

    April 10, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  24. Rico

    To all you Obamazombies, answer this one question, what Hospital was Obama born in? You don.t know, they dont kow, nobody knows. Ask yourself why that is?

    April 10, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  25. a in austin

    All of this for tv ratings. I quit watching his show once he opened his big mouth. For one born in to wealth, 3 wives, 3 bankruptcies....you're fired!

    April 10, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
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