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. LN

    I watched a brief interview Mr. Trump by Vieira Meredith this morning. Mr. Trump was so good. I didn't like his arrogant before, but I start liking him now. He was right to the point unlike others always beat people around the bush. If you are a candidate, you have to be honest what you can and can not deliver. Trump will get my vote if he runs for President

    April 7, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  2. Carson

    "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 did not know this...

    April 7, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  3. MAngeline

    Must be nice to have so much money that you are prepared to waste millions on this wild goose chase of a Presidential bid. He is such a joke with a massive ego–can't imagine the Republicans looking at him as a serious candidate. But then again, they seem to have a real dearth of "serious," legitimate candidates this year. Folks like Jeb Bush, Chris Christie who would be great candiates will wait until 2016. In the meantime, we have to listen to the constant prattle of Trump and Bachmann filling the airwaves. I hit the "mute" button when either come on the screen.

    April 7, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  4. Cedar Rapids

    'He spent $2 million in legal fees trying on to get away from this issue'
    Yet another one that claims these sort of figures and he is yet another one that does not cite the sources these claims come from.

    April 7, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  5. Preacherguy

    What a grandstander! Trump is shamelessly playing to the undereducated and uninformed in an effort to garner support. On top of this, this so-called serious contender for the White House seems to feel that the ratings of his TV show are more urgent than the issues facing this nation and the world. If he was any kind of a reasonable choice, wouldn't he be telling us his ideas to handle REAL problems? Donald, you're fired!!

    April 7, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  6. keziah

    Main point here: Why would Obama spend $2million to keep his birth records secret?

    April 7, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  7. Steve

    This man is a complete joke. This is a prime example of how he would waste our countries money to follow his personal agenda.

    By the way, Trump...where is YOUR birth certificate, we are still waiting.

    April 7, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  8. DAN L

    It is about time that a credible source investigates the birth of Barack Obama. Too bad we don't have investigative journalists anymore.

    April 7, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  9. BD70

    Have fun wasting your money. Never watched the apprentice.

    April 7, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  10. Sharon

    He should continue to do what he does best............t.v.
    after all he could not even put the correct birth document, that he said he had on his desk, up for all to see.....
    said something about that being a "mistake"..........trump made a mistake??????????????

    April 7, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  11. Kathleen

    Interesting that those who speak or seek the truth are the same the media refers to as conspiracy theorists or some other derogatory term. Right or wrong, I give credit to Donald Trump, Glenn Beck, Tom Tancredo, Ron Paul, and other such people who refuse to be intimidated by mainstream media, George Soros, and others with less than admirable goals for this country.

    April 7, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  12. Paul

    Awesome! Long overdue.

    April 7, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  13. Barry from Wisconsin

    Trump is a rich, arrogant fool. His pandering to the right-wing wackos is pathetic. Surely he is not dumb enough to believe that "birther" nonsense.

    April 7, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  14. DAN L

    If he has a valid US birth certificate and I honestly pray that he does, Obama should have produced it 3 years ago and put an end to this issue. But no, his arrogance just is overwhelming and he won't do anything that he doesn't want to do.

    April 7, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  15. GOP = Greed Over People

    I am not as smart as the Donald but even in lowly Louisiana where I was born, guess what, if I order a copy of my birth cert, you get a "short form" and that becomes your official birth cert when the state symbol is embossed on the sheet of paper by the authorized state employee protected by very thick(not as thick as Trumps cranium) glass. There is no long form request.

    You want my long form, with the cute foot prints then you would need to check with my Mom for the original, but that will be tough since she died in 2000.

    In addition to the fact, I have been in therapy since, I have my "short form" sans the foot prints which proves I was born in LA.

    And before all you Beck U grads, starting yammerin' about the "long form" must be used for passports, wrong, I have had a passport for 27 years and it was given to me using the aforementioned wrinkled and slightly yellowing "short form" approved birth cert. .

    Maybe you can get you "tuition" donations back from Beck, oh wait, seems he took the money and left...

    Full disclosure: It was '51 in Louisiana so maybe the "long form" is on parchment and too fragile to move,

    April 7, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  16. Wtf

    I can't believe this guy has higher ratings than Romney or Huckabee!

    It's alright his head won't fit inside the white house!

    Ok I can't believe I'm going to say this but ... where is Sarah Palin? At least she not as self absorbed!

    April 7, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  17. The Carpathian

    Go for it, Trump.

    I'm not afraid to show MY birth certificates. I have two: one from the hospital an "Official" county(state) issued birth certificate which outlines geneology, siblings, etc. I'll be happy to show them to POTUS if he'll show me his.
    and no, that piece of toilet paper that Hawaii admits anyone can get does not qualify.

    I don't like being lied to. And if POTUS has lied, then he should be thrown out of the white house, everything he signed shoud be nullified and he should be sent to federal prison. And the democrats who championed him and put him in a position ofpower should be forever barred from public office.

    April 7, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  18. certyshow

    I really hope that Trump makes public all of the juicy dirt on obama, because you know there is probably a whole pile of it.

    April 7, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  19. OneMoreTime

    Either he is going to end up with a Geraldo-like empty safe and look like the fool I believe him to be, or he will have
    unequivocal, uncontestable, irrefutable proof where President Obama was born. He says he loves America,
    yet he is a tea partier. The two are not reconcilable. Nobody can love America and make the demands and
    threats that these people are making just to get their way.

    April 7, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  20. Dennis

    Give it up already! He's a crappy President, but an American citizen. His mother was American. It doesn't matter where he was born. Lets oust him in the next election on issues.

    April 7, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  21. Kate

    Wow. WOW.

    I have no idea why I'm surprised anymore. The world is coming to an end. People like Donald Trump and his band of merry morons are going to turn this country into an even bigger cesspool than it already is.

    The only people who love this country and are willing to work are the people who are here illegally.

    The only people who have the power will be dead before any decisions have reprocussions.

    April 7, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  22. Mark Kuhn

    The $100,000 Question:

    Mr. President, are you refusing to release your records because you have
    something to hide or are you intentionally ginning up curiosity so that
    you can gain political traction by labeling anyone who wonders about
    your deliberately concealed past as an ignorant racist?

    April 7, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  23. Tim

    This is so indicative of the sad state of politics in this country. So much of this country is focused on pure nonsense and the people who are pitching it; Palin, Trump, Bachmann. None of these people could have a real discussion about Foreign Policy, Health Care, Education etc. They are only able to come up with the latest sensation to attract gullible voters. The result is a phony candidate like Trump scores second in a poll. Pathetic. The skeletons in Trumps closet dwarf anything you would find for any other candidate or office holder but people are so willing to say they believe he is the best candidate.

    April 7, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  24. JLin

    Trump is onto this important issue. It is very likely that Obama never changed his name from Barry Soetoro and also likely that he was not born in the US (BC, Canada with a false live birth report in HI?) The liklihood of fraud is high with reagrd to his higher education in the US as well. This evidence will unravel everything the Dems did over the last two years. It is huge.

    April 7, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  25. mnm

    Only in your imagination did any hospital place an announcement. There is no hospital associated with that ad and no hospital has been identified as the birthplace. Trump was right about the ad possibilities however. It is common practice for grandparents to place ads in local papers trumpeting a grandchilds birth, a child's wedding and so on.

    April 7, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
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