Trump claims Obama birth certificate 'missing'
April 25th, 2011
06:11 PM ET
4 years ago

Trump claims Obama birth certificate 'missing'

Washington (CNN) – Real estate mogul Donald Trump's latest claim about President Obama's birth certificate is that it's missing.

"Well I've been told very recently, Anderson, that the birth certificate is missing," Trump told CNN's Anderson Cooper Monday. "I've been told that it's not there or it doesn't exist. And if that's the case it's a big problem."


When asked from whom he received the information, Trump said he didn't want to say and that he feels bad about the situation.

"I'd love for him to produce his birth certificate so that you can fight one-on-one," Trump said in an interview set to air Monday. "If you look at what he's doing to fuel prices, you can do a great fight one-on-one, you don't need this issue."

CNN's Gary Tuchman also interviewed the former director of the Hawaii Department of Health, who said she has seen the original birth certificate in the vault at the Department of Health.

In 2008, the Obama campaign released an official document called a “certification of live birth” which indicates he was born in Hawaii. This document, which is a computerized abstract of his birth information that the State of Hawaii issues to individuals requesting their birth records, satisfies proof-of-birth requirements for various federal matters, including obtaining a passport. Several news organizations as well as the Annenberg Fact Check Project viewed the document first-hand and verified that it contained the official raised seal as well as a signature stamp of the state registrar.

Trump has made national headlines by questioning the president's birthplace, even saying he has hired investigators in Hawaii to examine the situation. The reality TV star is mulling a bid for the White House and expects to make a final decision at the end of May, after the latest season of "Celebrity Apprentice" concludes.

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soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. trump is right

    birth certificates are easy to gett and certificates of live birth are easy to forge, so produce the real one scammer obama, no truth in your lies and when the American people find the trtuth, I hope you can get out of our country fast because WE THe People shall put the Scammer under the prison. Trump has the money to find it and we will get obama and the DNC out of this country, the DNC shall fall.

    April 25, 2011 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  2. seneca

    "It's missing." Is trumpaneise for "My investigators spent thier time at the beach sipping Margaretta's and looking at women from behind sunglasses.

    April 25, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  3. S. In California - Obama 2012

    I stated a few weeks ago, I was concerned about the amount of money Obama was spending on this birth certificate issue. I now feel with high gas prices, unemployment and two plus wars this really is of NO significance. I have had enough of him and this issue (RIP).

    April 25, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  4. Kman821

    It's time to quit quoting this gas bag every time he passes wind. He's an intellectual midget, yet he's given daily opportunities to blow BS. I don't blame Trump for being a moron, but I do hold it against a network claiming to be a provider of NEWS ... Trump is not news worthy!

    April 25, 2011 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  5. Chris A

    Trump is doing wonders for Obamas re-elections bid. I hope Trump keeps up his insanity for another year.

    April 25, 2011 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Oh, Please! Enough all ready! I am sick to death of this non-issue and sick to death of Donald Trump.

    April 25, 2011 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  7. jules sand-perkins

    IF Trump proves that there is no proof that Obama was born in the United States, there really is a serious legal issue that cannot be casually dismissed.

    April 25, 2011 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  8. Debbie from Arizona

    Oh, Please! Enough all ready! I am sick to death of this non-issue and sick to death of Donald Trump.

    April 25, 2011 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  9. keeth in cali

    So Trump IS a true Republican. Whatever he says is true, even if he can't back up his claims with facts.

    April 25, 2011 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  10. bz

    Unless this piece of paper can be _burned_ as fuel for an automobile. _eaten_ for nourishment for many who go without it daily, , or provide medicinal properties for those Americans who CANNOT AFFORD THEIR MEDICINE then WHY is this even looked at as more than the ravings of a spoiled rotten, SEVERAL TIMES BANKRUPT CLOWN who is in all probabilty HOAXING the corporate media---–oh yea, it's that second last word isn't it? SHAME CNN NeoFOX

    April 25, 2011 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  11. Thank God I am a Democrat

    What a joke! He makes this off the wall claim, won't provide the source for the claim, nor a single ounce of proof to this claim. And yet because he said it the birthers will automatically believe it. They don't believe Obama because they claim he hasn't provided real evidence. But they will believe Trump even though he to is not providing real evidence. What more do you need to see the real motives behind this BS. Hey Trump how about you tell us how you plan to stop these rising gas prices and put oil speculators in check. Oh sorry that is a real issue and you don't deal in those. To think I use to admire this piece of crap.

    April 25, 2011 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  12. zjlf35

    Trump is making himself look really bad! This billionaire has nothing better to do with his time than attempt to smear disgrace on our nations president? He should be doing something more productive with all his money. The nation is losing respect for the Trumps at a very rapid pace.

    April 25, 2011 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  13. john

    The further the Republicans dig themselves in with this racist foolishness, the harder it will be for them to dig out.

    April 25, 2011 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  14. Adam Wilder

    Obama's already done all that was required by law to become President. The Congressional office of Records has accepted his documents before he became President, just like they would accept anyone else's by the letter of the current law. If, his original stamped Birth Certificate (Which as been seen by many and you would testify to such) was lost by HI officials, Not Obama himself, that's not his fault HI screwed up.The story is over and done, nothing to see here.

    April 25, 2011 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  15. once upon a horse

    uh yeah...the FBI, CIA, and the government of Hawaii ALL claim that the president was born in the US, has a birth certificate ,BUT Donald Trump of all people claims that it doesn't exist. Trouble is you're going to have some lonnies actually believe this even though he can't say who told him. Heck some guy on the street could have told him this for all we know. It's been PAST time to move beyond this regardless if you like the president or not.

    April 25, 2011 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  16. paul

    It's nice to know that the former Hawaii registrar of births says she saw the actual birth certificate and its in the "vault". Then why did Obama spend $2,000,000 in legal fees and court costs fighting the issue? If its there, show it and show Trump to be a short sighted panderer to right wing causes. By not showing the original certificate it leads me believe now that Obama is hiding something. Exactly what, I have no idea. I voted for him, but now that its 2 1/2 years and we are now in 3 wars and he still can't find his birth certificate, I doubt that I will support him again. He needs to take a hint from LBJ and choose not to run.

    April 25, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  17. CaliforniaBC

    Yep keep going Trump...you're gonna help Obama ride the election wave re-election.

    April 25, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  18. DJ in TX

    This clown needs to go back to his show (which hasn't been good in years) and stop this nonsense. Mr. Trump, please tell us SPECIFICALLY what ANY President can do with gas prices. I thought the Republicans wanted government to stay OUT of private business. Well, the market controls the pricing. There is NOTHING, absolutely NOTHING the President, nor Congress can do with market pricing.

    But if this is what people want in a President, then you'll get exactly what you vote for. Our relationship with foreign countries will go to hell with this guy in charge. I've never seen someone so self promoting as this clown. Most public servants talk about serving the country and the people they represent. This guy talks about himself. I've NEVER, NOT ONCE heard him say anything about serving the people of the U.S.

    April 25, 2011 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  19. Trump is bogus

    Donald Trump is selling a load of crap to ignorant Americans. You believe this guy, then you have some serious problems.

    April 25, 2011 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  20. ingrid

    Trump, I once found you entertaining to watch on the Apprentice but now I am just disappointed in you. If by some crazy circumstance leads you to become president I understand now what the mayans were predicting.

    April 25, 2011 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  21. Kimberly

    STFU trump! you pompus know nothing blow hard... GOD your disgusting!

    April 25, 2011 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  22. GonzoinHouston

    Birth certificates get lost; it happens all the time, especially if you move around a lot as a child. That's why hospitals maintain records and can issue a CLB. A CLB is perfectly acceptable as valid ID for all licenses, getting a passport, joining the military, etc. The fact that your mother managed to lose track of your birth certificate in no way precludes your holding elected office. This phony controversy is real evidence of the mental state of the wing nuts who are supporting it. It's also a good indicator of the cynical nature of the politicians and media who use it to stir up these wing nuts.

    April 25, 2011 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  23. Kate

    Give this birth certificate issue a rest!!!

    April 25, 2011 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  24. MrPragmatic

    Really, Donald? Is this truly an issue worth debating? Mr. Obama is the president and your paranoid delusions and blatant hatred will not change that. I have a .PDF of the birth certificate if you'd like to see it.
    A little advice to you, sir. If you plan to run for president, it's a very good idea – in fact, it's a sound strategy – to focus on topics and issues that are meaningful and that the country cares about.

    April 25, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  25. Ted

    NBC should relieve The Trump from his contract so he can run for the gop nomination this way we can hear more of his mad up bull. So Trump, how many communists are working in our government? Dump Trump!

    April 25, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
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