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. living in america

    Wow Donald did you check the birth certicate on your recent bride to see which country she came from. You yourself seem to be Anti-American in the mates that you choose. Somebody needs to also check that terrorist threat squirrel on your head and see what foreign country it came from as well.

    April 7, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  2. anonymous

    Are you kidding me? Here's another Republican possible candidate that's a laugh a minute. They're coming out of the woodwork!! Obama is going to rock it again in '12.

    April 7, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  3. Jo

    Ask him about his bankruptcy record that is a more legit question then to keep harpering on something intelligent people know as a fact, Obama is US born. I am sure his PIs will come up with something that is off the mark then CNN and others will treat it like the gospel for a week then disprove it a month later near the lost and found section.

    April 7, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  4. some emo kid

    How about investigating the rumor that John McCain was born in a car OUTSIDE the Panama Canal Zone? Trump is insane. He's going to prove the opposite of what he intends, and he still can't produce his own birth certificate. THIS is what some people think is presidential?

    April 7, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  5. Biggge

    What a idiot. Need to send out a couple of investigators to find a better looking hair rug... The King of Bankrupty.....These guy is doing the for ratings on his show....We are also on to you Sir....

    April 7, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  6. Joshua Ludd

    So.. the proof for his american citizenship is presented... but NOTHING that disputes it is ever presented. Remind me again why anyone had a doubt in the first place. Oh yeah... funny name and more importantly... brown skin.

    April 7, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  7. ellid

    Donald Trump is proof positive that Fordham is not the "finest school in the country" if he so readily falls for pack of lies that were debunked over two years ago.

    April 7, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  8. A Mom

    Donald Trump has lost his mind.

    April 7, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  9. JJ

    CNN...Stop being stupid!!! This people are desperately seek publicity and you are failing prey to every tactic

    April 7, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  10. Bob (Illinois)

    Why does CNN give so much coverage to this nut?

    April 7, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  11. smtwnguy

    The more he talks the LOONIER he sounds-Palin,Bachman,Newt,now Trump!!! Do the republican have any candidates to offer the voters that aren`t CRAZY!!!!

    April 7, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  12. Trumpinator

    Before all of you cry foul on this. At least he is employing people more than I can say for the stimulus!

    April 7, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  13. video guy

    This guy has been hanging around glen beck to much.

    April 7, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  14. Does Obama have something to hide?

    You go Donald! I agree, if he doesn't have anything to hide, JUST SHOW IT. Then we can all get on with our lives. If a job applicant has to meet certain criteria to get the job, that criteria should be confirmed prior to him getting the job. Should the applicant refuse to meet the (long standing) pre-requistit than that applicant should automatically be disqualified from being eligable for the position. Should the applicants qualifications be questioned after getting the position the employer always has the right to request a review of the applicants qualifications. If that applicant fails to meet those qualifications the employer should have the right to remove them from that position. It is true in the work force, it is true in the government regardless if he is Democrat or Republican. Period!

    April 7, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  15. Doug

    Trump is a political moron. He's a slightly (and I mean slightly) less dumb version of Bush when it comes to real issues. He should stick to making over-priced houses / items and insulting other celebrities.

    April 7, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  16. patriot659

    I know all you cnn folks are going to hate this but just ask yourself this ,why hasen't Obama shown his birth certificate yet.
    He can very easily stop all this by just showing proof but he hasent done it .It make you wonder doesn't.

    April 7, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  17. charles

    President Obama is the legally elected president and will be again in 2012.

    April 7, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  18. shukurac

    Trump is gearing up for another reality show. 'In Search of Bogus Crap that Detracts From the Reality of our Current Economic State' airs in 2012 just in time for the election. Stay tuned...details at 11.

    April 7, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  19. James

    Oh dear, never go full birther.

    April 7, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  20. Rachel

    What a idiot

    April 7, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  21. Laverne

    Divert attention away from himself tactic! Donald Trump has reached an all time low, pathethic!

    April 7, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  22. Bob Ramos

    Trump, for his own reasons, is pulling off a major con on the American people. He will never officially run for President either in the primaries or the general election. Why not? He would never put his business dealings into a blind trust. Moreover, his investors would pull out of his deals because he would not be around to oversee them.

    April 7, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  23. Dave

    Has Trump shown his birth certificate yet? I know he said he was going to, weeks ago.

    April 7, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  24. Dave

    Donald Trump has always been a jerk, but now he's apparently trying to top himself. This stunt will backfire and make him a social pariah, but, it couldn't happen to a more deserving person.

    Somebody ought to have Trump investigated. Especially his dealings with terrorists and enemies of America like Ghaddafi. And even THAT he admitted was unethical. If he did that, what else has he done?

    April 7, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  25. Realistic

    Trump is becoming someone who will dilute facts to serve his ego and his hair. We all know that Trump will not find anything and the only scam is Trumps business tactics. I hope, he does run so we all can finally see the real trump and how many people he has screwed when they have done business with him. Yeah the CIA, NSA, FBI, GSA and all other goverment agencies have found nothing and Mr.Combs over team will discover something. Once again, Mr.Comb over will not run because he will never open up his books to reveal how much money his actually doesn't have. Like with other peoples money, donald love to waste it as he likes to waste time pretending he is going to run.

    April 7, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
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