Trump again questions Obama's birthplace
March 23rd, 2011
05:14 PM ET
12 years ago

Trump again questions Obama's birthplace

(CNN) - Real estate mogul Donald Trump called on President Barack Obama Wednesday to produce his birth certificate and prove he was born in the United States.

"I want him to show his birth certificate. I want him to show his birth certificate," Trump said on ABC's "The View." "There's something on that birth certificate that he doesn't like."

The potential 2012 presidential candidate said Obama was "probably" born in the U.S., but repeated questions he raised last week about the president's childhood.

"If you go back to my first grade, my kindergarten, people remember me. Nobody from those early years remembers him," Trump said. "If you're going to be president of the United States, it says very profoundly you have to be born in this country."

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said he was a friend of Obama's parents in Hawaii and remembers when the future president was born. Abercrombie, a fellow Democrat and longtime congressman who won election as governor last November, vowed to produce an original copy of the president's birth certificate. But he abandoned those efforts earlier this year because it is against state law to release private documents, according to his spokeswoman.

In 2008, the Obama presidential campaign produced a certification of live birth that reported his birthplace as Honolulu, Hawaii. He attended kindergarten there before moving to Jakarta, Indonesia with his stepfather at age six. Katherine Nakamoto, Obama's kindergarten teacher described in 2009 to the Maui News what Obama was like as a five year old: "He was a cute, likable, heavy build-child. I could visualize Barry smiling, dressed in his long-sleeved, white shirt tucked into his brown Bermuda shorts, and wearing laced shoes."

Trump's original comments last week won praise from one Tea Party leader.

"Donald Trump has joined a lot of really sane Americans. He, like us, does not believe Barack Obama," Judson Phillips, the founder of the Tea Party Nation, said in an email Saturday to his group's supporters. "The great thing about what Donald did is he said it and he did not flinch when he said it. A lot of the alleged conservative leaders have run like cockroaches when the lights are turned on from the eligibility issue. The fact that Trump will deal with that issue and deal with it head on raises his stock as a possible Presidential candidate in a lot of people's eyes."

In Wednesday's interview, Trump, who has said he is seriously considering a bid for the White House, changed the subject to America's standing in the world when asked what voters in the next presidential election might think of his three marriages.

"I think the country is doing so badly they want somebody that's going to help it," Trump said. "I think maybe ten years, five years ago, it would have mattered. I think people want somebody to protect them and protect the country."

- CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Alexander Mooney contributed to this report

Filed under: 2012 • Donald Trump • President Obama
soundoff (137 Responses)
  1. Oldie in TampaBay

    What is WRONG with these GOPers? HOW MANY TIMES do they have to have it proven to them? Get a life, Trump!

    March 23, 2011 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  2. peace

    TB you hit nail on head Trump is a racist.

    March 23, 2011 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  3. RobbyCanuck

    Trump is way out of his league fantasizing about being President. That is what a narcissists ego will do for you. He can't even find a real issue to talk about other than the non-issue of Obama's birthplace and citizenship. He reminds me of that abrasive gas bag Don Cherry who "comments" on hockey.

    March 23, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  4. The Dude

    Why would Trump want to be president? He will have zero control of his finances if he did. It would be the worst 4 years of his life.

    He is going after Obama because he knows a Tax hike is coming in Term #2 (if he gets one).

    March 23, 2011 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  5. JRG701

    I think Trump and Palin would make a great couple and should marry and then disappear from the public scene. they would make a great couple. lol

    March 23, 2011 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  6. Joan

    Actually, they have shown the " ceritificate of live birth" from Hawaii which is what is legal there. If it wasn't, he would never have been able to get passports all these years to fly around the world. I suggest Mr. Trump use some of his vast fortune to find real evidence to prove otherwise. It is easy to criticize and put doubts in people's minds, well now put your money where your mouth is and try and prove he wasn't born in Hawaii. You can bet many Republican and Democratic candidates have already spent a lot of money and investigations doing just that to no avail because HE WAS BORN IN HAWAII.

    March 23, 2011 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  7. AnnieMiami

    Easy to see why President Obama has no choice but to let this "birther" movement run its course without further comment. There's NOTHING – imagine that writ in letters as large as the faces carved on Mt. Rushmore – that anyone could produce that would satisfy these people. They would still allege coverup, fraud etc etc. etc. I laugh at how ironic it is that such specious allegations should dog the progeny of a woman – his mom – born in Kansas to the descendants of Irish immigrants. Can't get more American than Kansas.

    March 23, 2011 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  8. CC

    This is old news, the Don is in fact digging his grave with every word he utters...he looks more and more like a low life in the big golden house of cards he is living in. Any day now his empire will crash and fall, watch and see...real estate is not selling, even the uber rich are not buying, his high rise on the NJ skyline of NY went from "for sale" to rentals, from $3000-and up a month to "make me an offer"...its only a matter of time before he has sky scrapers all over the US, empty and he is filing once again....a wise man he is not, not President material....good for late night jokes tho...Jay Leno or Monique might have him on so we can all get a good laugh.

    March 23, 2011 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  9. Karen L. Wright


    Wow. What a statement. God bless America because she truly needs it.

    March 23, 2011 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  10. Steve

    The only place a 'controversy' exists is in the mind of a few crazy birthers who would not believe a birth certificate is real any
    way, and would never in 1000 years vote for President Obama regardless.

    March 23, 2011 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  11. Mr. Byrd


    "Real estate mogul Donald Trump called on President Barack Obama Wednesday to produce his birth certificate and prove he was born in the United States."

    Mr. Trump just LOST my respect, and my thoughts of support...!

    March 23, 2011 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  12. 60s survivor

    trump is using the idiot card.

    March 23, 2011 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
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