Trump claims Obama birth certificate 'missing'
April 25th, 2011
06:11 PM ET
12 years ago

Trump claims Obama birth certificate 'missing'

Washington (CNN) - Real estate mogul Donald Trump's latest claim about President Obama's birth certificate is that it's missing.

"Well I've been told very recently, Anderson, that the birth certificate is missing," Trump told CNN's Anderson Cooper Monday. "I've been told that it's not there or it doesn't exist. And if that's the case it's a big problem."

When asked from whom he received the information, Trump said he didn't want to say and that he feels bad about the situation.

"I'd love for him to produce his birth certificate so that you can fight one-on-one," Trump said in an interview set to air Monday. "If you look at what he's doing to fuel prices, you can do a great fight one-on-one, you don't need this issue."

CNN's Gary Tuchman also interviewed the former director of the Hawaii Department of Health, who said she has seen the original birth certificate in the vault at the Department of Health.

In 2008, the Obama campaign released an official document called a “certification of live birth” which indicates he was born in Hawaii. This document, which is a computerized abstract of his birth information that the State of Hawaii issues to individuals requesting their birth records, satisfies proof-of-birth requirements for various federal matters, including obtaining a passport. Several news organizations as well as the Annenberg Fact Check Project viewed the document first-hand and verified that it contained the official raised seal as well as a signature stamp of the state registrar.

Trump has made national headlines by questioning the president's birthplace, even saying he has hired investigators in Hawaii to examine the situation. The reality TV star is mulling a bid for the White House and expects to make a final decision at the end of May, after the latest season of "Celebrity Apprentice" concludes.

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soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. kuewa

    Dear Mr. Trump-
    The birth certificate is missing. We'll need a few more expense-paid months in Hawai`i to find it. Could be buried on one of these beaches.
    Your Team of Investigators

    April 25, 2011 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  2. azmary

    Why doesn't he name who told him the birth certificate is missing? Sounds more than a bit phony to me. It's like his claim that he voted in EVERY election, except for the several times he didn't according to the New York voting record keepers.

    April 25, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  3. chad

    The spew of innuendo. CNN would be doing journalism if it stopped airing this fool's claims without proof (or investigation on CNN's part). Although I am glad you've written that Trump says he sent investigators instead of stating it as a fact.

    April 25, 2011 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  4. Bessy

    Does this man ever stop ? More lies to add to his resume. He really is a sick person just " toying " with the people of America.

    April 25, 2011 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  5. ATL Guy

    Ah yes, the Ronald Donald clown speaks again. Thank goodness that he's a Republican.

    April 25, 2011 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  6. waikikijohn

    Trump has become the new national clown, replacing Palin who is hard to beat

    April 25, 2011 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  7. The reality is...

    Not just a few people want to see the real thing. Why has Obama refused to cooperate? A "computerized abstract" just doesn't cut it. BTW, why is the white House slamming Franklin Graham about the issue? He has a right to express his opinion on the matter. Well, I think we still are allowed freedom of speech. Oh, forgot, only progressives still have that right. Keep forgetting about that double standard.

    April 25, 2011 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  8. Kevin

    There is just no end to this man BS. He thinks he can run on this fear, hatred and predjudice all the way to the white house. Its just insane. The GOP didn't say anything when this started, now they are trying to distance themselves, but ti's too late now. The world is laughing at us.

    April 25, 2011 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  9. Mike

    Interesting. I had to show a SIGNED copy of mine to get a drivers license. But to be PRESIDENT, all you have to do is show a document that ANYONE can get, regardless of proof of actual birth. Makes sense, huh? JUST SHOW IT and shut up everyone, Barry. But we all know that won't happen, now dont' we!

    April 25, 2011 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  10. cnntwiststruth

    Hey Barry,
    Kenya say birth certificate?

    April 25, 2011 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  11. annette

    this is too funny anymore that not one thing he says can be taken serious. everything he says starts with "i heard". give it a rest already.

    April 25, 2011 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  12. Mike in Texas

    I claim Trumps certificate is missing too, so are his financial records? Who told me? I can't say.

    April 25, 2011 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  13. Af

    Hallo Trump! please don't take RIDE on lying to get elected. Be honest to yourself, the white house is not CASINO. Thanks! stop lying to get vote

    April 25, 2011 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  14. irene

    Donald – You're fired. Hawaii does not issue a Birth Certificate. Hawaii issues a "Certificate of Live Birth" that was vetted by the Republican Governor – Linda Lingle. This has got to be all about publicity because nobody (except the GOP birthers) are really this stupid!!!!!!

    April 25, 2011 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  15. rock

    Trump is clueless and is a first class jerk...there are more important issues that are concerns of the American people.

    April 25, 2011 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  16. OneMoreTime

    How long is this going to go on before he is hit with a libel lawsuit. If Trump has not lost his mind, then he has
    certainly lost all credibility, respect. and sense of fair play, at least to those of us who don't trust him any
    farther than...........He is obligated to reveal his sources or shut up, post haste. How many bites at the apple do you
    get before you have to reveal "sources". His is no journalist, so sources are not protected. Let's have a
    little respect from the media and dump this guy until he has something important to say, which will never happen.
    More importantly, let's have a little respect for the President of the United States!

    April 25, 2011 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
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