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. a guy

    It must be nice to have so much money that he can throw away millions on such frivilous projects like this. And this man wants to be president?

    April 7, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  2. Anson

    He's clearly getting too old. He has lost his mind. It's very sad He finds the need to use the situation to put the spotlight on himself. His action may cost it all for the republican. He's a perfect joke. People are trying to get Paling shut-up, and this joker comes along. It's a very sad time for the GOP.

    April 7, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  3. John

    the 2 million in fees was to deal with all the stupid lawsuits from stupid people like you, Trump.
    You must be stupid...5 times

    April 7, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  4. John Hargis

    Mr. Trump's good intentions not-withstanding, I would have to be assured that his personal sacrifice as president is greater than his survival instinct. I don't think America could handle a President willing to bankrupt any part of our system and save himself, as was done with his corporation years ago.

    April 7, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  5. R. Neville

    I think this is HILARIOUS!! At last, somebody outside of Obumble's thug reach is getting ready to bust him open like an over-ripe cantaloupe....or in his case since he was "born in Hawaii", an over-ripe papaya. The Trumpster won't be cowed like all the other people Obumble has cowed by doing who knows what....threatening the safety of their families? I put nothing past Obumble....he's a thug and that's how thugs behave. But Trumpster will call him in a heartbeat and make it all public if Obumble starts trying to threaten him. It's hilarious. "Hey, B. Hussein, your reign is about to come to an embarrassing end!" Even Iran's "I'mADinnerJacket" said Obumble would leave office "more embarrassed than Bush". I hate to agree with that lunatic, but I think in this case he's on the money. This will top any scandal that's ever'll make Nixon look like an altar boy. I cannot WAIT until it actually happens. Go Trump!!

    April 7, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  6. CHUCK

    This crap needs to stop. What gives Trump the authority to investigate the President of the United States.

    April 7, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  7. mark

    Somethin's up. Waaaaaaaay too secretive.

    April 7, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  8. gord

    maybe somebody should investigate the many bankrupts of trump how many people lose and why he allways won follow the money

    April 7, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. Tony

    That goes to show you...just how much fear Trump has of Obama. Does he really need this much air time?

    April 7, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  10. Dolce21

    OMG would it not be awesome that this man would uncover the most historical scam ever. Either he will or he will be found dead, because he is close to finding out, and I think there are a lot of political people involved in this. Hope he accomplishes what we as American's need to know

    April 7, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  11. Yeeeech

    The Donald does DC.....this should be fun.

    April 7, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  12. ablaze

    Seriously.....wouldn't the RNC have figured this out already if Obama wasn't a citizen? Wasn't that the 1st thing they went after?

    April 7, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  13. Nobody Special

    I'm far more interested in an investigation of Mr. Trump's hair. What is that thing?

    April 7, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  14. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    Why don't CNN Alexander Mooney investigate Donald Trump connection with Moammar Gadhafi. Trump maybe he need the oil.

    April 7, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  15. al in memphis

    Really Donald, I did not know you had a show. If its number one, that says alot about the amount of time people waste. If you truly paid people to go to Hawaii to look into this, you don't even qualify for the label " dummy".
    I think your delusional. All of the antics from these Repubs is going to make a good documentary of the year when poltics went coocoo.

    April 7, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  16. Peter

    There is so much misinformation about this topic. I've read within the last few months that Hawaii's governor said he couldn't prove nor provide the birth records and was afraid it would hurt Obama's re-election bid. I also read that the hospital specifically denied that the record of live birth came from them. I'm on the fence about the issue but am confused why there is so much contradiction. Why wouldn't Obama just release his birth certificate if 72% of Americans are unsure? Where I come from thats pretty shady.

    April 7, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  17. david

    are you serious? even if he wasn't born in this country his mother is a native citizen making his argument irrelevant

    April 7, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  18. MikeMazzla

    The most brilliant thing that is happening here is that Obama is ignoring this because it is driving birthers let Trump and whomever else investigate.. and if they turn up his "real" birth certificate they will look like total idiots and Obama will come out looking like the smart one.
    But really lets be serious, this argument was coming upwhen he was running, dont you think the RNC or some conservative politician would have really dove into this head first? Of course...

    April 7, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  19. Anonymous

    Approve. While the man has already been in office and we can't change the past 4 years, if Obama was not born in America it would be the largest political scandal possibly of all time because the man directly violated the United States Constitution and rose to the top and obtained a position not possible for a foreigner.

    April 7, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  20. W.G.

    Trump is and has always been a creep he won´t become president because he just doesn´t have the integrity and
    class to be a president . "The King of Combovers" is like a cheap date that you´d use but never bring home to meet the folks . I also have a conspiricy theory about Trump , "I believe he combs his hair that way because he´s as bald
    as an eagle" !

    April 7, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  21. The Real Tom Paine

    I've got news for him, he is a candidate, and he does have a show. NBC needs to tell him to shut up and honor whatever agreements he may have with them, or can his show on the spot. As to his army of investigators, what if they turn up nothing new? Will he still stick to this assinine line of reasoning, or will he accept the truth? I don't think he can accept the truth if its not something he wants. Of course, he will insist there is more, that he was blocked at every turn. He has already called the Governor of Hawaii a liar for stating he remembered the President as a child, so we know that Trump is incapable of accepting the truth whenever its presented to him. His show has provided a mirror into the implusive way he has decided to hire or fire people, so his analytical skills are questionable on a good day.

    April 7, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  22. john smith

    The grandparents took out the add in the local papers. Not the hospital.

    April 7, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  23. Cynthia

    There was once a statue and a sign in a Kenyan town announcing 'the birthplace of Barack Obama'. It has since disappeared. Numerous Kenyans who were either present at the birth or knew of the local birth have either disappeared, recanted their stories or been bought off. There is no chance in the world that this human devil was born in America! But when you are surrounded by the Chicago Mob you seem to get a pass on all your activities.

    April 7, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  24. john carson

    $1000.00 to your favorite charity from me if your facts are correct in this story. Facts about the hospital placing ads in newspapers are incorrect, His grandfather placed the ad. And no hospital has come forward to say he was born at their hospital. Abercrombie ONLY REMEMBERS OBAMA FROM AGE & and later. You falsely reported KEY FACTS HERE. I will up my donation to $5,000 if your facts on these issues are correct. That is journalistic fraud you just committed.

    April 7, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  25. Alan Jones

    This guy is a joke! He sent "his" people to Hawaii to investigate a sitting President of the United States, really???? If the Justice Department investigated him what would they find? A man who foolishly amits on Fox Lies that he stole money from the Libyan leader!

    April 7, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
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