April 21st, 2011
08:41 AM ET
12 years ago

Trump says he'll reveal 'interesting things' on Obama

(CNN) – Possibly-serious Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is giving few details about the investigation he claims to have launched in Hawaii to get to the bottom of where President Obama was born, but the business mogul told CNN Thursday Americans will be "very surprised" by what he has found.

"We're looking into it very, very strongly. At a certain point in time I'll be revealing some interesting things," Trump said on CNN's American Morning.

Trump first claimed earlier this month he had sent investigators to Obama's home state in an effort to find out if the president was indeed born there, as he says he was and several media organization's independent investigations have confirmed.

"I have people that have been studying it and they cannot believe what they're finding," Trump told NBC then.

But Trump has since offered few details about the on-the-ground investigation and, in the interview with CNN Thursday, wouldn't specifically say if it had uncovered new details.

"You'll be very surprised," he said when asked by CNN's Ali Velshi if his investigators have found anything.

During the interview with CNN, Trump also maintained he is worth considerably more than the $2.7 billion Forbes Magazine has estimated, and says he will reveal the real number if he decides to run for president.

I can tell you that's a very low number," Trump said of the Forbes estimate. "It's much more than that. And if I decide to run, which I very well may surprise people, but if I decide to run, I will give a net worth statement essentially. As you know, we have to fill out very detailed forms for the federal government. And I think people will be extremely impressed."

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  1. sue

    This man is sinking the GOP..... and as long as he continues and the Republicans and Tea Party doesn't stop him the more people will be turned against them......The GOP Primary is going to be a JOKE.........

    April 21, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  2. Clwyd

    With Donald's billions he will have probably created a false birth certificate from Kenya and then say he is declaring bankruptcy for a 4th time!

    April 21, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  3. Doug

    Trump better be careful, compared to the godfather of Chicago Democrat thugs Al Capone, the current bunch who run the White House make old Al seem like Mr. Rodgers.

    Might be time for 'ol Rahm to sit down with Donald and give him the Blago talk.

    April 21, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  4. lovejohn1@live.com

    See America...., DT thinks we will be "impressed" when we see how much money he is worth. That, and his good relationship with "the Blacks" and the fact that he is much much bigger than Romney, coupled with the "interesting things" that his investigators found, and the 100 million dollar trump annex ballroom he will build onto the white house, will make him a great president in his estimation. Just shows us how little he thinks of us and how low we have sunk as a country. Things are in the toilet if people like palin and trump now think they can fool us into becoming president. If we think so little of our country and ourselves to allow these kind of people to think they have a chance, we accept this low, low level talent to represent us, we think so little of ourselves, just think how other countries must look at us. We are becoming a pc joke. They must think we are idiots. I thought Iraq was crazy to have 300-400 people running for public office, but at least they didnt stand up and make their country a laughingstock, like our "candidates' do.

    April 21, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  5. jim

    believe me if Trump has the guts to put up and shut up and really run for president he better be prepared for all his skeletons to come fallimg put of his closet im sure they are bursting at the seams.Me thinks he doesnt have the guts to do it now, he is just blowhard blowing in the wind and in the end people will see him for the phony he is and hopefully stop buying all his products and watching the idiot on TV

    April 21, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  6. reason

    Why do CNN and the media keep giving this guy airtime and coverage? He is not going to run. This is a joke. He is getting millions of dollars of free PR and you guys are playing right into it.

    April 21, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  7. t.marino


    This questions has been asked a million times and answered a million times. His certificate is on line for all to see but these nut jobs keep up the lies. I guess you now would have us believe that he has a fake certificate as well and that the officials in Hawaii are in on the scam. So is the FBI, CIA and the Dept. of Homeland Security. Everyone is in on the scam and the Donald is the only one with the truth. Riiiiiigggghhhht!

    April 21, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  8. Canadian Jim

    Trump has got to be an undercover Democrat who's sole purpose if to make the Republcans look as ridiculous as possible. He's doing everything right if he wants Obama elected to a second term.

    April 21, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  9. JennyTX

    Trump should send investigators to Kenya to try to prove that Obama was born there, and stop discrediting Hawaii's system of keeping birth records.

    April 21, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  10. Chris

    Poor birthers, waiting at slavish attention while their hero du jour digs a fresh grave for himself. If this is what it takes to make their sad, sorry lives more meaningful, then he's bought them a few more months of hope. However, if this version of the '08 "gay affair" allegation goes the same route ("just wait! we'll reveal all in good time!"), at revelation time, Trump will show up in a kilt speaking about how his privates needed more room to breathe. Enjoy your fantasies while they last, birthers.

    April 21, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  11. lovejohn1@live.com

    Just think...it is people like DT who have the ear of our legislators in the form of lobbyists. People who worship money, and the making of more money they don't see anything else as worthy or important. This is why the republicans do the things they do, they have these 'devils' whispering in their ear.

    April 21, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  12. gord

    maybe somebody should investigate mr. trump-everybody has secrets

    April 21, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  13. nmr2001

    Trump sounds like an infomercial. Stay tuned for a lot of nothing. I love CNN, but stop giving this guy a podium to spew his garbage. He personifies what has gone wrong with the world. He lacks class, diplomacy, integrity and honesty. Really..... is this what America has come to? We are willing to consider a game show host for the highest office in the land??

    April 21, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  14. Former Republican, but never again!

    Trump's current standing in the GOP shows how stupid and truly desperate the Republicans are.

    April 21, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  15. Qev

    I hear Ken Starr's doing the investigating

    April 21, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  16. The Veteran


    Come on now. Any private investigator would have to turn over anything they found to the FBI or local/state investigating officials, who would then have to reinvestigate what they found. Any information his investigators found is paparazzi type material. It will hold no more validity than a rumor. But hey, Republicans will believe it. They will believe that Trump's investigators are better then Local, State, and Federal police agencies, because they are suckers for conspiracies. They don't check facts. To them, if a talk show host said it, or posted it on the web, it is the truth. No need to verify.

    But you folks need to pay attention to what he is saying. He said interesting things. That's all. And that's what he will remind you of when he reveals nothing more than unsubstantiated rumors. An investigation is much more than talking to people and writing down their comments. All information has to be confirmed. It is pretty impossible to "trump" (no pun intended) official records and documents with rumors and unofficial statements.

    April 21, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  17. Tired of the nonsense

    Trump: Ladies and gentlemen, my investigators have found out the following - President Obama was born in 1961 in Hawaii, and since Hawaii was made a state in 1959, that proves he was BORN IN THE U.S.A.!

    Secondly - President Obama's mother is an American citizen. That proves that he is an American citizen!

    Yes, ladies and gentlemen, all of this is absolutely proof that the GOP, the birthers and the Tea Party is full of crap.

    April 21, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  18. once upon a horse

    and of course if Trump says it then it's true. Only HE can find the real truth about President Obama and of course only the Tea Partiers and other gullible folks will fall for it. Well to borrow a phrase from Trump..."EXCUSE ME!!" but I've seen quite enough of this sideshow. One thing I will give him credit for saying though that no other so-called GOPer has said is that he wants to bring American jobs back from overseas. The GOP filibustered all efforts to do just that in Congress last year.

    April 21, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  19. Church of Realism

    My guess, he's got less than nothing. Hope you're ready for more disappointment, birthers.

    April 21, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  20. krenz

    this is the kind of thinking that makes american celebrities so full of themselves that they think they can sing, act, dance,direct,produce, parent,write books,design clothes, race cars, and lead the country. This is what an overinflated ego does to a person

    April 21, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  21. Anonymous

    DT should be spending his time and efforts back logging to explain how and why his dealings with the Mubaraks & Gadhafi's of the World! I wonder how much money he will still fro the American People?

    April 21, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  22. lynn

    Trump discovered Obama was born on a plane crossing the ocean between Hawaii and Kenya, his mother couldn't make land. Now Trump has to send his team to search the bottom of the ocean for proof. Where or where was that baby Obama born, actually who cares? Considering the pack of American born idiots the GOP has come up with as presidential possibilities, I'd take an ocean born baby anytime.

    April 21, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
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