Trump to meet with sponsor of Arizona 'birther bill'
April 7th, 2011
08:16 PM ET
11 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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    Donald Trumpet,.. he like to blow his own horn too much. This guy is supposed to be a billionaire,.. then why he work for peanuts at NBC?,.. I think this guy is all talk,.. maybe he got a few bucks, but he's not super rich,.. the banks own everything with his name on it,.. how many times he go bankrupt?... he even renege on a loan to German Bank... Not a very good business man,.. why he want to be President of United States?

    April 7, 2011 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  2. Henry

    Holy smokes. This will never end and Trump will NEVER be President of the United States. This "dog don't hunt" as President Clinton used to say.

    Trump must remember that elections are not decided by the extreme but rather by the middle. He might get over his extremist Republicans (I hope he does) but that is where it will end.

    April 7, 2011 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  3. John N Florida

    Go down to your local post office with a long form Birth Certificate and just try and get a Passport.
    It will not be accepted for Passport issuance.
    Why? Because the Long Form is issued by a Hospital and it is NOT a Legal document for proof of a live birth. ONLY the Birth Certificate Issued by the City, County or State is a Legal and binding Birth Certificate in the eyes of the laws in this country. Since President Obama does in fact have a USA Issued Passport, he has supplied the US Government with the required LEGAL documents to prove United States Citizenship. Again just try and get a passport issued with a long form birth certificate and this point will be clearly proven to YOU first hand.

    April 7, 2011 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  4. cher

    I think Donald should send his investigative task force to Kenya, as well as Hawaii. I bet he would find out the truth on Obama's birth place once and for all. If Obama was born in the US he would have put this to rest already by producing his real Birth Certificate. It's simple.

    April 7, 2011 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  5. Ken

    Obama needs to go and the sooner we stop listening to our black friends the sooner we will vote him out or a majority of us demand his resignation. So as a Latino american democrat i ask all republicans and democrats to join together for our nations sake and vote this weak fraud of a so called president out of the white house! This has been a dark time In our history but we shall overcome. Without obama we will rebuild our social agenda as he has split us and yuppi whites just want to do the noble thing but you have been conned by obama the fraud! Join together and because this punk is not worth losing our great nation. Please think about carefully thanks Ken from nm

    April 7, 2011 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  6. cestlavie

    Why do I get the feeling CNN would not be so eager to "debunk such claims surrounding the president's birthplace" , if this were George W. Bush we were talking about?

    April 7, 2011 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  7. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Will someone please remind the state of Arizona that they cannot add further requirements for an election of a federal officer than are already stated in the United States Constitution?

    April 7, 2011 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  8. C. Howe Yulikit

    Donald – you are a tool and will never be President. Do shut up.

    April 7, 2011 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  9. Indy

    If Trump runs his business like he runs his mouth he will be bankrupt again, long before he could make a run for POTUS. Who in their right mind would do business with someone like Trump ? You can either believe the CIA,Secret Security, The FBI, RNC,DNC, State of Hawaii,John McCain, The Clintons or believe the reality TV star.

    April 7, 2011 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  10. TomNPitt

    I think it's great Trump is doing such a in depth investigation. it's about time someone put some serious money into this. If he finds something – great. If he doesn't – Obama should be able to sue him completely off the face of the earth forth slander and treason against a sitting president. He should have all his property taken over by the state and his wives left pennyless tramps on the streets of Atlantic City!! Put up or shut up "Comb-Over"!!

    April 7, 2011 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  11. T'sah from Virginia

    TRUMP is really pushing it!!! He is so out of control to the point where he is UGLY!!!! He is "mean-spirited", arrogant and he is not even sincere in his approach. It's all about the ratings for his show – a show NO ONE watches!! He makes me throw up and the media keeps giving him a platform to spew HATE!!!

    Morning Joe this morning had this fool on the phone this morning and they were LAUGHING @ him and he thought they were laughing "with him"!! How self-absorbed he is!!

    April 7, 2011 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  12. Duncan MacLeod

    "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..."

    This is laughable. The alleged "certificate of live birth", as provided by the Obama campaign, is what most jurisdictions refer to as an "abstract of birth". It's basically a document that says a real document exists...somewhere. As such, it isn't even adequate for proof of birth or age for getting a kid into Little League Baseball.

    Little League Baseball requires a certified copy of an actual birth certificate which contains the signature, license number, and office address of the attending physician, the signature of the mother with her date of birth and other vital information, and the signature of the county registrar/recorder who originally recorded the document.

    Why would we be expected to settle for less in determining the eligibility of a candidate for President of the United States?

    April 7, 2011 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  13. once upon a horse

    I am beginning to see who is going to be taking Palin's place on CNN as getting the most coverage. So far today this is the 3rd Trump story on the Ticker. Sorry Sarah you're old news now.

    April 7, 2011 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  14. Mike in Texas

    It doesn't matter what document Obama could produce, many of these birthers would say it was a fake. Paranoia self destorya...something to that extent. Check out the lyrics to the Kinks Destroyer.

    By the way, I am a White Male. I can only produce a Certificate of Live Birth because that is what the State of California issues. A Certificate of Live Birth can only be produced if you have a "long form" Birth Certificate on file.

    For those who say just produce the certificate........the burden of proof is on the accuser. Prove he isn't!

    Also, those who the controversy will go away if Obama produces his birth certificate......The only controversy are those who believe in this master plan that was hatched in 1961 which included the hospital and local papers and many others knowing Obama would be elected President 47 years later.

    I would laugh if it wasn't so pathetic.

    April 7, 2011 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  15. Ken

    We all have to come together and get rid of obama it's better to live under 4 years of republican rule than to be conned by this weak president if you could even really call him that. And for those who see no wrong In obama take a few moments to think about our nation as a whole! obama is here today and gone tomorrow because don't forget we will be rid of him I'n 2012 or 2016 anyway and it will be the dark ages of our nation. History will see to that. So let's join together from every party and stop letting CNN brainwash us.

    April 7, 2011 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  16. Dan

    I don't see why this should anger anyone. Donald Trump is just making sure we know that he's a complete idiot. Any rational person who ever considered voting for him can now see what a mistake that would have been. He's really doing them a favor.

    April 7, 2011 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  17. AB

    I'm just curious how Donald Trump would explain the fact that he considers himself a Republican, yet in 2008 the Republican part nominated a man for President who was not born in the United States. As most know, John McCain was born in Panama. Doesn't this some how make the Republicans "illegal" in the sense that they attempted to put forth a candidate for President who was a "foreign born" person? I'd really like to see "The Hair" squirm his way out of that!!

    April 7, 2011 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  18. Carol

    Wow. Wonder how a that moron been successf in real estate.

    April 7, 2011 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  19. Laurine Kress

    Check passport stamps from mother... this would prove where Mom was during birth.... Someone sould also check college records which were sealed by Obama....????? May have filed as foreign exchange student for funding his college education???? Fraud or truth????

    April 7, 2011 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  20. OneMoreTime

    I'm not angry anymore. I realized he is Glenn Beck's replacment on the Planet of Fox and it just doesn't get anymore
    pathetic than that.

    April 7, 2011 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  21. Larry L

    Interesting that the Tea Party wackos find this guy appealing. That says so much about racism, hatred, and ignorance. This issue is dead. But this bag of wind continues to fan the fire. He is a poor example of an American leader and dishonest to the core.

    April 7, 2011 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  22. Bob

    The circus goes on. It is now lead by this Republican clown who psychological mentally should be fully examined. I can see it now. The common man will be treated like indented slaves while the rich will get richer and pay no taxes. Now he has private investigators examining Obama's birth again in this country. And he wants to be president of the the United States of America. You might be next to be investigated. Shades of J Edgar Hoover.

    April 7, 2011 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  23. Frank

    Trump wants nothing more than to have his TV show renewed for another year at a higher price. He has no intention of running for president for the simple reason he will never disclose his sleazy finances. He's not the brightest bulb on the tree, having got his lot in life from his father's money, but he's not stupid enough to think the American people would actually elect him president. He wants attention right now because it inflates everything he has a financial interest in.

    April 7, 2011 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  24. whitmanguy

    What, this again???? What audience are Trump and other "birthers" playing to? Does he really think this will help him get elected?

    April 7, 2011 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  25. ABM

    His name should now be Benedict Arnold.

    April 7, 2011 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
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