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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soundoff (111 Responses)
  1. American Patriot

    CNN you never aired a full copy of the Birth certificate that looks like mine or anyones in my Family.

    Until that is released, no one believes it.
    If this was a scam, CNN is going to look like complet fools and helping to cover it up.

    The President could have released a full Notarized copy for all to see and end all of this, yet he has failed to do so.
    You had better pray Trumps investigators are not folled with by the government and that they do not find a cover up

    April 7, 2011 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  2. David Bennett

    CNN says ... to quote the last two paragraphs ... "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."

    OK. CNN please show it to us. If you proved it once, you should be able to prove it a second time. Where is that evidence. I really want to know. Let's clear this whole thing up. Put the evidence on the CNN site so we can see what you have debunked. I have not seen anything debunked yet, honestly.

    This whole thing could be cleared up IF the evidence were posted for everyone to see. It is NOT ENOUGH to SAY that CNN debunked it. Thank you for listening.

    April 7, 2011 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    All three of my children were issued Certificates of Live birth by our state. They can be and have been used for legal identification purposes. CASE CLOSED!

    The bottom line is this: When GW Bush was in the White House, the GOP, Fox and all their lackeys put a huge amount of time and energy into pressuring people to never criticize the president, calling those who did so unpatriotic, anti-god, anti-country, and basically aiding and abetting the enemies of the US.

    Fast forward to 2008, when their ticket (Grumpy McCain and the Quitta from Wasilla) lost.

    How to justify all the vile attacks and rationalize their stated goal to make President Obama, his policies and our country fail?

    Why, keep alive the ridiculous rumor that President Obama isn't really an American – and that it's not only OK to vilify and obstruct him, it's the "patriotic" thing to do.

    Why the Republican base can't see how they're so blatantly being used is beyond me ...

    April 7, 2011 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  4. Ben Forrester

    Trump is using the property of the stupid and prejudiced, which are required in these days of glorious claptrap, we now call American politics. The man is at once, both as sorry and solid as the republican barrel contains.

    April 7, 2011 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  5. irene

    News Flash: The Republican Governor of Hawaii (Linda Lingle) verified Obama's birth record. The DNC could not pull off a conspiracy like this anyway. Think about it – they would have had to plan this over 50 years ago and accurately predicted that a foreign born infant of mixed race would become president in 2010 for this conspiracy to be real. Really? Donald is such a loser!

    April 7, 2011 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  6. Randy, San Francisco

    Is the GOP running 2nd and 3rd tier candidates like Trump, Palin, and Bachmann to make the 1st tier candidates look more reasonable, sane, and presidential? The candidates in the lower tiers seem to say the most outrageous and absurd things. The scary thing is if one of these lower tier candidates become a serious contender.

    April 7, 2011 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  7. gypsydaveywithablowtorch

    There goes the liberal media trumping up his credentials, taking fake polls to pretend that Republicans are backing this guy. Right? The lame stem media just likes to pretend that Republicans are so warped that they believe this birther crap, or think that Obama pals around with terrorists. These lefty pinkos are trying to get us to believe that Republicans want to shut down the government, or are more concerned about ending Planed Parenthood and NPR than debt reduction, but us true God Fearing Americans know better.

    April 7, 2011 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  8. Strange World

    People are aware that his mother was a US citizen and therefore it doesn't matter where he was born. He was granted the status of natural born citizen based on the fact that his mother was a citizen. And the fact that anyone is bothering to pursue this particular insanity is astounding.

    April 8, 2011 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  9. Crazy Guy

    OMG _ Trump please give us a break. You are so evil. Go to hell TRUMP

    April 8, 2011 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  10. Barbara

    I think it's interesting that to be a senator, congressman, etc you don't have to be born in the US as long as you are a US Citizen, but to be President you do. I don't think that's right at all! That's a bit discriminating isn't it? Everyone no matter where you are born, as long as you are a US citizen should be allowed to run for Presidency!

    April 8, 2011 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  11. Kathryn Brooks-VanHousen

    Why is Trump getting any news attention? It does not matter where President Obama was born; His MOTHER was a U.S. Citizen. His Maternal Grandparents were U.S. Citizens. Last time I read the requirements for Presidency, you needed to be born Of A U.S. citizen. If Trump gets this Birther Bill Passed, He will be telling the Military that if they have A Child that Is Not Born in one of the 50 states, then That Military personnel's child is not fit to be the President. My parents were and are Vets, with my father spending over 20yrs in the Air Force, in combat; my ex-husband was in desert shield/desert storm, in the theater of operations, is Trump really saying that if One of our kids were not born in one of the 50 states, then that child can't be President of the United States. Really, quite giving this person free advertising, it's an insult to anyone that has ever defended this nation. You’re giving him air time instead of focusing on real issues, like the budget.

    April 8, 2011 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  12. Marry

    Mr. Trump is doing what the GOP/TP is doing since the President was elected and as they stated from day one: They want the President (and the middle class and poor) to fail!
    The participants working toward this goal disregard many important things: The President, as all elected politicians, are to serve ALL the people. To sabotage that without any participation in solving the problems of the country as the GOP/TP have been doing is reckless and disregarding the people. The attacks on the President are designed to divert attention from their incompetence wile wanting to blame that on the President.

    April 8, 2011 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  13. Kevin

    I can't believe this idiot is actually running for anything. Why people continue to question Obama's birthplace is beyond me. Doesn't anyone think that if this were truly an issue then it would have been exploited by McCain, Romney, Huckamau, Fox News etc etc ad nauseum in the runup to the last election? I wouldn't vote for Trump for dogcatcher. Hasn't said one damn thing about what he would do concerning the REAL issues facing the country. Unbelievable. PS. Note to Meredith Vierra. You're supposed to be a journalist. Ask some hard questions.

    April 8, 2011 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  14. david williams

    Why people think this guy knows anything is beyond me. Illiterate mob guys run casinos and skim millions and still don't have to file bankruptcy. He has filed twice in Atlantic City. Real smart! The guys an idiot, and you can tell him I said so.

    April 8, 2011 03:08 am at 3:08 am |
  15. euniki

    Trump, you are a JOKE,a bad one at that, aloha

    April 8, 2011 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  16. john

    The Republican party seems to cater to all the worst aspects of human nature.

    April 8, 2011 05:44 am at 5:44 am |
  17. Jose Alvarez

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ! CNN debunked the birth controversy! You guys crack me up. The only one who can debunk the controversy is Obama himself and he has never done it. Go Trump.

    April 8, 2011 05:48 am at 5:48 am |
  18. Ken

    Trump is the "Chump". This man is making a complete fool of himself and in reality he is hurting the Republican Party. While I never thought very much of him before now, I think even less now. He is no more than a Sarah Palin in pants.

    April 8, 2011 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  19. David Lyons

    Seriously? The corpse of this "issue" is still being kicked around? At what point did we become a nation of drooling morons who refuse to accept the facts placed before them? This is the sort of governance we can expect from 'The Donald': all showmanship and no leadership.

    April 8, 2011 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  20. jim

    You can't fix stupid.

    April 8, 2011 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  21. Alaskan Sourdough

    Trump is proving to be at least as stupid a right wing whack job as Palin, Bachmann, Angle and Mcdonnell with these ridiculous claims. If these allegations are true I think it makes President Obamas mother the smartest person this planet has ever known. For this to be true she would have at birth, KNOWING he would grow up to be President, she and her one day old baby flew from Kenya to Honolulu (with no record of the flight) drove to the hospital, fixed the birth records and then with her inner knowledge fixed the newspaper records for the birth announcement so she could prove beyond the shadow of a doubt he was indeed born in the USA...Wow, that's a brilliant woman with an uncanny view into the future.....'re too stupid to be POTUS!

    April 8, 2011 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  22. jimbo

    CNN and MSNBC blindly follow Obama and slobber all over him 24/7. We have had enough of this nonsense...produce proof or get him out.

    April 8, 2011 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  23. CHUCK

    More smoke and mirrors by a Presidental Wanabe. We have more pressing problems to think about right now. Hey Trump, any ideas on how to create jobs? Why not put your efforts into solving a real problem instead of going on a witch hunt. This is a GOP front runner. Unbelievable. My choice for President in 2012 is clear, I will be voting for President Obama. I hoped that 2012 would bring forth a few good choices for Prez, but I can see that some things never change.

    April 8, 2011 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  24. The Other Dale

    Just imagine if Trump spent this kind of time and money on something to ... oh, I dunno ... help people? Fedd the homeless, supply job training, build up industry, look for medical cures. No, chasing false stories and drumming up the kooks is much better.

    April 8, 2011 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  25. JD

    To all pregnant moms!! Make sure when your child is born you tell it to look around, get the names of all those present and get a tattoo on the foot of the place the child is born – it would seem to be the only sure way of making believe the truth -unfortunately the Trump has more than enough money to create any lie he sees fit, and he's not above that – this is the worst of what democracy is about – let the media run with something dumb and we know longer think for ourselves!

    April 8, 2011 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
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