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. Jim H

    About time someone is willing to get to the bottom of this. Like he says why spend 2 million dollars trying to hide something.

    April 7, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  2. Vault

    There is no vault copy of a birth certificate. There is no record at the hospital that Obama was born there. How can we be sure that Obama was or wasn't born in the US? If he wasn't his mother doesn't meet the Title 8, Sec 1401 definition so that her offspring would automatically qualify as a citizen. Obama would have to have been born in Hawaii but no one has been willing to offr proof that he was other than a document that is applied for with no proof given – the Cert of Live Birth.

    I'm with Trump – Obama, just produce the vault copy and lets be done with this. How hard is it?

    April 7, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  3. Bob Thomas

    This articel is wrong. Hospitals don't take out ads when babies are born the family does. Obama's ads list an address where his grandparents lived not him.

    April 7, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. jersvette

    Please keep spending your money on this Trump. When it is all said and done you are actually going to look like a bigger ass than you do right now. You will not be able to get at a private document unless you commit a crime in doing so.

    April 7, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  5. Julie

    I wonder if Mr. Trump would be willing to publicly apologize to our President once the investigative results iproove he was born in the United States.

    April 7, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. Mar

    This man is crazy and sick. Do the republicans really want this guy to represent them? If you don't say anything it means you agree with him and that's a big shame....for you and our country.

    April 7, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  7. N Waff


    So Trump is doing what ALL "journalists" have been too lazy or too incompetent to do – investigate the root issue of – where is Obama's long-form birth certificate and why is Obama expending so much time and money to NOT reveal it.


    Good for Trump.

    And I'm sure all the "journalist" will take their position of smearing instead of investigating

    April 7, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  8. stannard

    Builder of banko empire of greed and gambling I just remember why you are so funny, and it is not your hair, The president of the USA has you right where you should be,, dreaming that a TV show ratings has anything to do with govenment or governance. best check the law of the land,, birth records mean nothing, Promise a whole bunch of hearing and memo's and do nothing government like Bushwackers, that was so enteretaining .

    April 7, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  9. terry,va

    Maybe we will get to the bottom of this once and for all.

    April 7, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  10. jay zee

    and when they find that he was born in hawaii, will he shut the heck up?

    April 7, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  11. Mitch T

    Why can't such a big news org get a simple fact straight? The hospital where he was born did not take an ad out. The papers simply printed what they got from the Dept of Health. If they can't get this right, why would we believe anything else they say about it?

    April 7, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  12. destructivepolitics

    nothing wrong with someone looking for the truth, after all the Democrats sent 50 lawyers to investigate Sarah Palin during the campaign of 2008. Lets hope the Donald finds the truth once and for all.

    read Destructive Politics the book!

    April 7, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  13. Carol

    Is he purposely trying to make himself look like an idiot?

    April 7, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  14. FM

    I hope people have learnt a lesson through Glen Beck. He hooked them like flies, and this Trump is throwing his own bait in order to hook them as well.

    April 7, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  15. Eddie B

    This guy is the same person who bragged about scamming Ghadfi on a real estate deal and says that is how we should deal with these people. He has no dignity whatsoever and will do anything for power and money. He is not dumb and knows this feeble attempt is to continue to throw mud at the President. Mr Trump...."YOU'RE FIRED"!!! You are the true self admitted scammer.

    April 7, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  16. bowie

    Trump is the Omarosa of's all just another game to him.

    April 7, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  17. keeth in cali

    The only scam here is Trump himself.

    April 7, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  18. TEE

    This man has no shame, his investigators will find NOTHING that says President Obama is not an American citizen. He also will not run for president, he will never allow his finances to be made public....He is using the media, and possible supporters to market himself , and his show......That's all he has ever done, it's only about the donald...

    April 7, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  19. Mark

    Donald Trump's publicity stunts use to be somewhat amusing. Now their just pathetic.

    April 7, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  20. larry

    the greatest con is what trump is doing to the tea party birthers......but they deserve it.

    April 7, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  21. Seattle Sue

    I don't believe much of anything Trump says. Now why would I believe an investigation that Trump has bought and paid for? I wouldn't.

    April 7, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  22. Anonymous

    only in america

    April 7, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  23. SB

    Trump just lost all credibility.

    April 7, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  24. Michael tampa

    Interesting, I think there should be a law that the first lady should be born in this country too! How about that Donald! kind of kicks you out of the runnning huh!!

    April 7, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
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