Trump sends investigators to Hawaii to look into Obama
April 7th, 2011
08:59 AM ET
12 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. Jason

    Trump is absolutely embarrassing!!! How the mighty have fallen

    April 7, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  2. Inglourious

    According to Trump: "You are not allowed to be a president if you're not born in this country."

    That requirement does not appear in the US Constitution; if it did, then McCain (born on a military base in Panama) would not have qualified. Trump's ignorance and arrogance know no bounds.

    April 7, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  3. BJs65

    Why do I think if Trump finds that Obama really was born in Hawaii that he won't disclose the results?

    Come on, an interracial couple in 1961 predicted their bouncing baby boy would some day become President and made sure to falsify his birth records. Trump – get real and GET LOST!

    April 7, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Investigators? Investigate on. If Obama was not born in this country, shouldn't you be looking for his birth certificate someplace else. Like, in another country.

    The business of government should not be the government of business. When it becomes that, then it ceases being called a democracy. It will become a capitalist empire, more formally known as Imperialism.

    April 7, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  5. MiddleOfTheRoad

    Donald Trump cares...........He cares about Donald Trump and any publicity he can get. He's just one more momentary bit of excitement for the tea party nuts.

    Move on people.....nothing to see here.

    April 7, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  6. SMJ

    Trump is an idiot! McCain was born in would he be investigating him? It doesn't matter anyway...the President's mother was an American from Kansas. Regardless of where he was born, she was an American...that makes him one. A business failure, an egomaniac, on his third marriage...yeah, he's the voice of reason. I don't even watch his stupid TV show!!

    April 7, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  7. diridi

    this guy is an idiot....that's it.....what if even if he is born outside.....???? People elected him in a democratic land.....lex of the land.....o.k....stop this bs.....

    April 7, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  8. Kathleen

    I can't believe I read this.

    The headline lead me to believe it was a story about The Donald's loonyness leading some to think better about Obama's reelection. I believe I actually felt brain cells die with every sentence of this story.

    April 7, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  9. maine liberal

    The biggest con is Trump. Is that a comb over.

    So I had my health director, who is a physician by background, go personally view the birth certificate in the birth records of the Department of Health, and we issued a news release at that time saying that the president was, in fact, born at Kapi’olani Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii. And that’s just a fact and yet people continue to call up and e-mail and want to make it an issue and I think it’s again a horrible distraction for the country by those people who continue this.”

    Gov. Linda Lingle, a Republican

    April 7, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  10. Clt

    As long as he releases the information when he finds out he was born in Hawaii. It's ridiculous. Trump was on Morning Joe this morning making statements that went unchallenged by anybody but Pat Buchanan. If Pat Buchanan knows this is a mess, why dont't these other birthers see that. Hillary Clinton definately would have used this "smuggled in from Kenya" story against then Senator Obama if there was any truth to it.

    April 7, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  11. Mike in Albany

    Does anyone really care about this reject? I mean really, let's be honest... the worst thing for America would be to put a ruthless, scamming, corporate big whig into office. I love sheeple.

    April 7, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  12. Red79

    Word of the State of Hawaii > The word of Donald Trump. 2 million has been spent in legal fees because people keep bringing it up despite the courts ruling in Obama's favor.

    April 7, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  13. The reality is...

    Hmmm...will he trump Obama?

    April 7, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  14. FactCheck

    Normally, I would say if that's what he wants to do with his money, that's his prerogative. Then I realize that he doesn't have any real money and this is being funded from billions that taxpayers had to fork over to fix both of his bankruptcies.

    April 7, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  15. awesome

    The Donald. You make me laugh, and that really is about it.

    April 7, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  16. nintex

    Does a more obnoxious man exist on this planet? This is beyond childish. How does this man live with himself?

    April 7, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  17. Sue W

    I am so sick of The Donald. This whole "birther" business is just more proof that he is a bigoted whiner who can't run for office on his own merits. He, like Sarah Palin, are the last people I would trust in office!

    April 7, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  18. Mike

    Why can't a Republincans find someone credible that we can vote for? For all the reservation I have on Obama, I can never see my self or many other Independents voting for the likes of Trump, Rammeny, Gingrig, Pailn, Huckabee!!!!!!!!!

    April 7, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  19. tp1776

    Trump is gambling; he wants to make his bones with the republicans by 'exposing' Obama. I hope he gets as much publicity when he has to eat his words and apologize to Obama. The good result will be that he takes all the birthers down with him. Then we can just deal with the normal republican attack ads.

    April 7, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  20. carlos

    his head piece is eating up the lard in his cranial cavity, here is another one of those who should be given a coffee enema to clear up his irrational, let us hear about the many bankruptcies that cost millions.....

    April 7, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  21. Bob

    I'm glad to see that someone is not letting Obama get away with this. We all know it's a cover up. Go Trump!

    April 7, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  22. JoeW

    Trump legitimizes the American dream. He is clearly proof that any idiot can be successful in America.

    April 7, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  23. Anthony

    So Trump's investigators can find information that Hillary and McCain could not find on Obama? Remember, both of them had over 100 million in campaign contribution. They could not find information that Trump can find? Are the Tea Party people that gullible?

    April 7, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  24. Name Rob Camacho - California

    Trump your fired... get a life. Oh and I don't watch your stupid show. Remember what happen in California, your money wont buy you the nomination or the white house.

    April 7, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  25. Mark

    Can you say idiot? Idiot.

    April 7, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
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