Trump claims Obama birth certificate 'missing'
April 25th, 2011
06:11 PM ET
3 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. tellthe truth

    alright, so i was never really with the whole birther movement,but i have to admit that one thing trump has made light of interests me.why has obama spent so much money hiding all of his records?if he doesnt want the birth certificate shown...fine.i believe he is more or less feeding the conspiracy theorists.buuutttt...it has raised a valid question in my mind.am i o.k. with knowing that the most powerful position on this planet, the leader of our country, the guy that gets to walk around holding a nuclear football, is a guy that has gone to great lengths to make sure no one can trace his past?hmmm, i thought we were getting the most transparent president ever.

    April 25, 2011 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  2. calamerica

    This new "Lie" is going to bite the GOP/TP in the rear end.

    April 25, 2011 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  3. marco60

    Can't wait for the "Donald" to run. Will enjoy hearing the endless stories about how many contractors and business associates this deadbeat has stiffed each time he has gone bankrupt.

    April 25, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  4. osynawata

    This guy is a real work of art! he knows even if he finds the truth that Obama was really born on American soil he wont release it cos it will be the end of a Birther-race! it wud also signify a 100% guaranteed Obama2012.. and to say he has discovered Obama was not born in th US is a bad issue for him.. so what better way than to say the certificate is missing to continue to fuel the flames of doubt in the already dumb birther aka tea baggers! God bless America

    April 25, 2011 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  5. jerry rowley

    When they note FactCheck it is funny..obama has a political conection to this organization..much like his connection to acorn...yet, they continue to use factcheck..hummmm, makes you wonder why.

    April 25, 2011 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  6. Indy

    Trump says he has been told something that is impossible to find out. The privacy laws do not allow Trumps investigation team any access whatsoever to anyones birth certificate let alone the President of the United States. It is not possible to find out whether someones birth certificate is missing or does not exist,this is against the law and the State of Hawaii could be sued if they released this kind of information so it is obvious Trump is lying or was duped by his team of investigators. I am guessing Trump was Trumped and paid for a service that did not exist.

    April 25, 2011 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  7. MSHMiami

    If Trump's insanity weren't so amusing, it would be outrageous for him to be saying the things he is. The GOP'ers who are actually considering this lunatic a viable candidate for President are being played like a cheap violin.

    April 25, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  8. MrPragmatic

    For the record, the person's actual location of birth makes no difference, as long as he was born to parents who are US citizens. If location of birth were the measure, then John McCain would not be eligible because he was born in Panama. However, like Obama, McCain's parents were US citizens, therefore li'l Johnny was born a US citizen. No one doubts that Obama's mother was a US citizen. Ergo, Barack could have been born in Cleveland, London, Cairo, Honolulu, or Mars and it would make NO difference. Are you getting this, Mr. Trump? The US Constitution isn't that hard to read and comprehend...or is it? Tell you what, Donald, give me a call and I'll explain this to you in simple terms and I won't use any big words, OK?

    April 25, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  9. Sue

    Obama is going to have big problems when Dr. Jerome Corsi's book is released on May 17. The book is already on the best sellers' list at Amazon. "Where's the Birth Certificate: the Case that Obama is Not Eligible to Be President. I can't wait until it is released.

    April 25, 2011 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  10. KMC

    WTF is wrong with this guy ?
    Simply amazing con artist – and if by some miracle he gets elected – the people who voted for him DESERVE the rotten President they'll get.
    This independent won't even be looking at him twice.

    April 25, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  11. The Greedy Old Pigs attract racist nuts like Trump!

    So basically Trump is calling Hawaiian officials, including a Republican governor, liars? I'd say Trump has completely lost his mind, which I believe is now a requirement to run for president as a GOBPbagger.

    April 25, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  12. Deb in Colorado

    So Trump says the birth certificate is "missing" but won't say where he got the information. Sounds like Beck's "university of I don't remember" when pulling so-called "facts" out of his fanny.

    April 25, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  13. nintex

    Suuure it's missing! Of course it's missing, Donald. I'd be surprised if it WASN'T missing! Gee, I guess now we'll never know where Obama was born, darn it all! We'll just have to "take his word for it" and never really know. Now, about that crack about "what he's done to fuel prices" – changing the subject, Donald? Want to look for another "fight?" Do you have a clue that in fact it's NOT President Obama who is raising the fuel prices? How could one man do that, and more importantly – WHY would he do it? Don't you think he'd like to do something to make people vote for him in the future – like maybe LOWER fuel prices? Think about it, Donald, think about it.

    April 25, 2011 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  14. Go Donald Go

    I've heard from sources that the g.o.p. is scared to death about Da Donald, because he is making the party look like a bunch of stark raving lunitics. I don't want to say who is behind this information, but I feel very bad about the situation.

    April 25, 2011 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  15. JD

    He is very quickly locking up the far-right conspiracy voters. The Tea Party fringe will be squarely behind him.

    April 25, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  16. Hotdog

    And people continue to believe this fool!

    April 25, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  17. lynn

    Trumps brain is missing. I was born over 70 yrs' ago in Indiana, all my small piece of paper says "Certificate of Birth", Lake County, IN. No fancy gold embossed notary seal, no baby footprints, just parent's, attending doctor and date of birth. Trump is still marketing himself, but no sale.

    April 25, 2011 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  18. Justin501

    Former president of CNN, Jon Klein, said in 2009 in a memo to staff:

    "In 2001 – the state of Hawaii Health Department went paperless. *Paper documents were discarded* The official record of Obama's birth is now an official ELECTRONIC record"

    Looks like CNN and Trump agree: Obama's original long form birth certificate does not exist (ie discarded) which means that Hawaii is lying and Obama's COLB is based upon nothing which invalidates it.

    April 25, 2011 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  19. valwayne

    It wouldn't surprise me if its gone missing? I don't think Obama wants anybody to see his original birth certificate even though it will show he was born in Hawaii. I think because under the religion box it will show Muslim! We have freedom of religion in this country so it hardly makes a difference, but he and his campaign seem crazy senstiive to the issue. Remember how everybody had a fit every time anybody mentioned his middle name? Its all kind of silly, but that is my guess why Obama continues to hide his birth certificate!

    April 25, 2011 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  20. jwest

    i'd vote for palin, before trump, but the both of them just need to get out of the race.

    April 25, 2011 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  21. denisehopes

    These stupid people are making me so sick...Donald Chump is an idiot of the first order...They hate the fact that he is Black...and that make-up clown LaToya Jackson stated that she would vote for this idiot...she sure showed me that she has finished going ceritifiable crazy....

    April 25, 2011 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  22. VA VERY Ex Republican

    So now fuel, forget the about the certificate. fact check idiot Trump: Fuel price goes up every year around this time. Fact check idiot Trump, gas price is influenced by wars and events that take place in oil producing countries, fact check idiot Trump, not the first time price of oil hits $4+ it also happened during the Bush admin and we did not hear you and any other republican including myself complaining about it. FACT CHECK Idiot Trump, would we have heard about the tea party if the president was WHITE???????? and where were they when we hit rock bottom last 2 years of the Bush administration. another fact check, I am white ultra orthodox conservative who used to be a die hard republican till I saw them putting politics ahead of America and Americans and I am voting for Obama or non of the above in 2012

    April 25, 2011 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  23. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    I don't know if Donald Trump realizes it or not or even cares but he could be putting the president's life in danger with all this foolishness. There are too many underground hate groups out there right now that already don't like the fact Obama is POTUS and all they need to hear is something like this to help set them off. No doubt you have one of them that would like to be the "ONE" that saves our country from something like this. The media needs to stop feeding the frenzy. There is nothing wrong with anybody taking on Obama in 2012 no matter if they are Republican, Democrat, or Independent but do it at the polls. The way Trump is trying to do it only feeds the right wing loonies and at this point it can be more dangerous than it is comical.

    April 25, 2011 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  24. willard bullock

    I am belived that trump will more great invesgtior about birther certificate I said mocking white house that frank and his father are strongest christian the world so he loved famous travel differnt of state and other country before presdient obama was used musilms of worship why he make mind change his brain then he was returned to his christian

    April 25, 2011 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  25. unanimous

    This is what we need another crazy divider.

    April 25, 2011 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
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