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. Roscoe

    If Trump decides to run, he'll find out that people will reveal a lot of interesting things about him. And, he would have to disclose his financial information which means he will not be running. He could team up with Geraldo and reopen the Capone vault.....

    April 21, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  2. Don Johnson

    All I would say is that it better be something "interesting" grounded in facts. If its anything less then Obama is not a citizen, then he'll lose all credibility by hyping it up now.

    My guess? Probably heresay from people who will say they never knew Obama. Who cares? If you don't have SOLID evidence, then shut up! I still don't get how Trump went from Obama being the best president to worst. Did he get scorned somewhere – no bailout for him? Doesn't explain the other MANY positions that Trump has flip flopped on.

    April 21, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  3. mike228

    While I do believe that Obama was born in Hawaii, I find it humorous that liberals think that JFK and 9/11 were some great conspiracies but the gov't can't make it appear that Obama was born in Hawaii.

    April 21, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  4. JustMe

    Oh that's such a load of bull Trump and you know it. If he has something then why wait? Why not go ahead and announce it now? Simple answer – because Mr. Oompa Loompa doesn't have squat!

    April 21, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  5. Sniffit

    BTW, if his milquetoast statement isn't an implicit admission that he didn't discover that Obama was born in Kenya or that there's really nothing of worth for him to be bothering us with, then I dunno what is. Had he discovered anything of real import he'd be spewing it from his oddly shaped pie hole immediately. He's using the oldest trick in the book...withholding...dangling the carrot...to lend whatever paltry nonsense he's going to fart at us a fabricated air of legitimacy and weightiness.

    April 21, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  6. Chris

    BREAKING NEWS: Trump discovers that he's related to Obama.

    April 21, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  7. Beth

    Trump is only cares about himself. He is doing everything for publicity only. Someone should tell Trump that not everyone is falling for his little act.

    April 21, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  8. dennis freeman

    This is starting to remind me of Geraldo Rivera's opening of Al Capone's vault – lots of hype, then nothing meaningful except TV ratings.

    April 21, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  9. Kenneth

    Another Geraldo and Al Capone's vault story. If you dig hard enough you can find something "interesting" in anyone's history. Including the self absorbed Donald Trump. How many people would want some billionaire going through ever aspect of their life looking for something "interesting"? Is it even legal to do so? If its not public record then isn't it an invasion of privacy? If it is public record why would someone have to spend untold riches to divulge "interesting" facts? Has any other President ever been scrutinized to the extent of President Obama? The question is why and the answer is blatantly obvious ... STOP THE MADNESS!!

    April 21, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  10. Adalbert

    The people who are paying attention to this rich lunatic are all mentally impaired racists.

    April 21, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  11. Seam

    Donald Trum[ is a man who never shows his cards, he keeps them very close to his chest. If he has information that Obama was not born in the United States then it must be true. Donald Trump doesn't say thing just to say things. What I don't understand how the "Liberal Press" couldn't find anything saying that Obama was not born in the United States. The Liberal Press can find "dirt" and information on anybody. But the "Liberal Press" couldn't find anything on Obama, come on.
    When the time is right Donald Turmp will reveal his information on Obama but for now we all have to wait. I believe he has the information everybody wants to see.

    Hey Ernie, seriously? SERIOUSLY? LMAO. You deserve the three C's (Clueless, Confused, and Convinced)

    April 21, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  12. Chris

    He's got WMDs and chemical weapons labs in tractor-trailers that he can freely move around the country at will. I say we invade!!! Oh, wait, we already tried that one... Let's get real, people!!!

    April 21, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  13. Bryan Woodbury

    So what If he really does have evidence Obama was not legally by the ink of the constitution able to run or be president?
    Who cares If he runs, thats not the issue. If Obama was not born in this country and he has evidence confirming this he MUST step down. Or are you brain washed left winged nuts and right wing fanatics going to bicker over politics and overlook your ALL Americans who must follow the laws of the land? The President is NOT above the law and If, according to the LAW he cannot be President, then it's a very simple address to the nation that night, handing his seat to Biden. If he DOESNT step down, prepare yourselves for a civil war because this country is at a breaking point as it is never mind, someone unfit for leader of the country basically flipping the country off. Lets just hope its all hogwash and he is looking for attention...

    April 21, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  14. t.marino

    What a disgusting small small man.....no morals to speak of.

    April 21, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  15. t22

    I saw the segment where he called in. After addressing what they were already saying about him, the anchors then asked him about the birth certificate issue. He answered it and said he is only talking about it because everyone asks him about it. The issue about his net worth came up because there was a reporter on saying it wasn't that great, but Trump said he would disclose his worth if and when he runs. Really, Obama is far more evasive on questions about such items than Trump.

    The real issues are about whether he would have policies that would help or hurt the country. Right now we have a President who has policies that hurt the country. I think we ought to get all the ideas on the table instead of tearing down the messengers, whether it's the right trying to tear down Obama or the left trying to tear down every single Republican.

    April 21, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  16. Jim

    Did Donald not say many times you are not a business man unless you go Bankrupt. Nice attitude.

    April 21, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  17. Steven Colo

    So the guy who has three well-deserved divorces, documented cheating on his wives, and declared bankruptcy three times, has claimed that he has dug up something unspecified on Obama. He will announce it when the time is right, which is after to say he's declared it fifteen times to keep it in the news and hopes that the existence of a rumor is more powerful than the rumor itself.

    He'd be such an effective President. Can you imagine him toppling Qaddafi by just spreading lies and rumors about him? How macho.

    April 21, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  18. Ivan Bial

    I'll huff and puff and i'll blow your house down

    It's so easy to make claims

    Theses are serious times with serious problems that need serious people providing serious answers.

    April 21, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  19. rs

    Republicans just can't let go of the Joe McCarthy playbook " I hold in my hand a list of 100 Communists working in the State Department..." They lied then, they lie now.

    Here is something we can release right now: Trump, and Birther Republican Tea Partiers are an anti-American scourge. Gitmo is too good for them.

    April 21, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  20. Chuck in Jasper Ga.

    Why does anybody to include CNN pay this clown any attention at all?

    April 21, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  21. w l jones

    One thing he found about the president brain did not grow on trees but were earn by hitting the books. We need more of the Hawii ..ii..an in our class rooms what a different it would make in our country.

    April 21, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  22. clsjey

    If Donald has truly important information that the public should know, why on earth is he withholding it? If it is at all relevant, we need to know NOW. Withholding relevant information is an obstruction of justice, isn't it?

    I don't think he knows anything of actual importance. He *might* have found something that will serve merely as a distraction from the serious issues facing this country.

    April 21, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  23. nintex

    I am not impressed by how much money a person has, but how much integrity, intelligence, humility, and honesty he or she has. Trump seems to have none of these qualities.

    April 21, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  24. cuso

    Hey Trump Don't talk about it be about it. If you found interesting things show and prove old man

    April 21, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  25. Mike In NJ

    Thank God Deets is here to save us! Because if it weren't for him, and his amazing sleuthiness, no other person can, or has, investigated these very claims, (?) and no governmental officlals have even come forward to state in clear and precise language whether Mr. Obama was born here or not (???). I sleep much more soundly, knowing The Deets is here to protect me from the Evil Kenyan Interloper here to destroy our way of life, and wrest power in the easiest, cushiest occupation that the world has ever provided (?!?!!?!!) Hail Deets!

    April 21, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
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