Trump to meet with sponsor of Arizona 'birther bill'
April 7th, 2011
08:16 PM ET
12 years ago

Trump to meet with sponsor of Arizona 'birther bill'

Washington (CNN) - Donald Trump has angered some and pleased others for questioning President Obama's birthplace. What Trump is set to do next will likely keep the spotlight on his actions.

On Friday the real-estate mogul and reality TV star will meet with a state lawmaker from Arizona who is sponsoring a so-called "birther bill."

Republican Rep. Carl Seel's bill would require any presidential candidate to prove that he or she was, in fact, born in the United States.

A press release from Seel said he will meet with Trump in the morning at Trump Tower in New York City. "Donald Trump has brought the issue of President Barack Obama failing to provide a birth certificate front and center recently, and sent investigators to Hawaii this week to investigate further," the release said.

"This issue has been gaining steam around the country as several state legislatures are considering legislation to ensure that any candidate running for president provide documentation that they are legally qualified to run for that office."

Seel's office told CNN the lawmaker reached out to Trump to request a meeting, and that Trump accepted. On Thursday morning Seel boarded a plane en route for the Friday meeting.

Trump, who is considering a presidential bid, has caused a stir by questioning if the president was born in the U.S. Speaking with CNN on Thursday. Trump echoed a line he'd said in a morning TV interview: that the president's citizenship may be a "scam."

CNN has debunked such claims surrounding the president's birthplace.

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 Hawaii birth is the fact the hospital where he was born took out ads in two Hawaiian newspapers in 1961 announcing the birth and while current Gov. Neil Abercrombie says he knew Obama's family and remembers his birth.

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soundoff (111 Responses)
  1. opus512

    Donald Trump personifies everything that is bad about American style capitalism.

    April 8, 2011 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  2. esteban suero

    Can somebody give trump some pills to chill out he only doing this for his own gain and not the american people who are suffering every day to put food on their tables.

    April 8, 2011 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  3. randy

    Awesome hope Arizona passes it this time and the other states do to prove obama is a fraud and not eligible.

    April 8, 2011 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  4. max

    This man is a self promoting egomaniac!! Hey Donald Lets seee yur tax returns!! Americans ignorance has reached new levels.
    WHAT ABOUT JOBS EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 8, 2011 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  5. steven STEVENS

    if one cannot see through this scam that the birthers are trying to pull then they must go and proove their birthright here in the usa.the whole deal is to throw the pres off these important times...

    April 8, 2011 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  6. The mute.

    What i find so amusing is how quickly roles would be reversed if obama wcs on the other team. rigit would call foul while sean penn made a halfassed uninformed stab at the big chair and left rallied behind it. Bottom line is anyone who puts forth the time and effort needed to rule people anywhere in the world cant be trusted with the job. Only person who can is the one who has no interest in doing so.

    April 8, 2011 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  7. Sunny Guy

    Yeah, but it got very cold last January, which pretty much proves the birth certificate is a clever hoax. ... Doesn't it? Let me think about this a minute.

    Sunny Guy

    April 8, 2011 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  8. Willy Brown

    This is observed! Why would any red blooded American question where Barry was borne? So what if it was Kenya. (this is sarcasm)

    April 8, 2011 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  9. Mattski

    Donald's problem is that he's talking so much about Obama's birth, whatever other messages he has are being drowned out by the birther talk. Michelle Bachmann, on the other hand. while I disagree with her policies, is out there talking about the budget and the possible shutdown, and trying to look Presidential. Her message is not being drowned out by whacko talk, and in the end, she looks a lot more Presidential than Trump does right now.

    April 8, 2011 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  10. Rob R

    The government is on the verge of a shutdown. 800,000 federal workers could lose their paychecks. We could be heading back into a recession and all Trump cares about is Obama's birth which has been PROVEN to have taken place in Hawaii. Trump is obviously not running for President. There is no way anybody is going to take him seriously at this point – but he is becoming a severe distraction now to serious problems we need to resolve.

    And this should be exhibit A as to why we need to supress the Tea party from gaining any more power. It is the Tea Party that is destroying America right now and the ones that are responsible if there is a shutdown. Obama has already agreed to $33 billion in cuts – but that's not good enough for them. Let's face it – this is about the right wing trying to destroy all of the progress Obama has made. This is about repealing health care and environmental protection, and abortion. This has nothing to do with money.

    April 8, 2011 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  11. al

    Just when I thought Trump couldn't be any more embarrassing he opens his mouth on this topic...

    April 8, 2011 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
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