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. Andrew

    This is the best thing that can happen to Obama. With all the problems we has to deal with, all Trump is doing is making people sympathetic to Obama, and relate Trump to the GOP who choose to harp on this issue instead of issues.

    April 25, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  2. Squealy

    Obama's birth certificate must have gotten lost in Trump's comb-over. He just needs to look a tad harder and he will find it.

    April 25, 2011 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  3. Jen

    BACHMANN: I have no reason to doubt that he wasn’t born in the United States. I have none. The only place that this issue comes up is on the left. You don’t hear people on the right bringing this issue up ...

    April 25, 2011 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  4. Dale

    I think Trump was sent by the Dems to make the Republicans look even more loony.

    April 25, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  5. PaulH

    I know who Trump's source is; it's Nene on his Celebrity Apprentice reality snorefest.

    April 25, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  6. Ron

    The only thing missing is Trump's brain....and his class.

    April 25, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  7. cooldaddy1

    For you idiots that believe anything CNN tells you. I will provide you with an idiots guide to rules of evidence.
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: The best evidence rule is a common law rule of evidence which can be traced back at least as far as the 18th century. In Omychund v Barker (1745) 1 Atk, 21, 49; 26 ER 15, 33, Lord Harwicke stated that no evidence was admissible unless it was "the best that the nature of the case will allow. With this issue The Best Evidence would be the Original Birth Certificate! CASE CLOSED

    April 25, 2011 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  8. detada

    I think the bigger story is that Donald Trumps common sense is missing.

    April 25, 2011 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  9. Kevin,FL

    This man is single handily taking assness to a new level.. smh

    April 25, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  10. Luis

    Go Trump! Our country is in such bad shape, its really unbelievable. It's like everyone is blind to what's happening in the country just like in pre-2008. And Obama? He has lied sooo much to Americans that it is really disgusting. Do a little research on his promises and whether or not he's kept them and you'll see for yourself that his words do not match his actions!

    April 25, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  11. FactCheck

    The only thing is missing is an iota of intelligence from this trust-fund hack. He can howl all he wants, none of us an interested in giving him a ratings boost for his washed-up show.

    April 25, 2011 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  12. fastrack

    Well, we needed a little comedy relief in politics, and The Donald has given us even more than we could hope for. Gawd, I hope the fool decides to run.

    April 25, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  13. LMarcT

    What a bunch of wind. He really needs to just go away. He's making it worse for the GOP every hour.... oh... wait... go Donald!

    April 25, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  14. Riley Aldrich

    The Real Question?

    IF "We The People Of the United States", truly intend to uphold ourselves as a nation of Laws, and The Constitution is the foundation and the basis of all of our laws, then every clause of it must be respected and followed to the letter otherwise we are no longer that nation of laws. It can be no other way.
    Article II, Section 1, Clause 5 of the Constitution is clear whether we agree with it or not, IT IS THE LAW.

    I don't like "The Donald", but He is Right and making fun of his statements by either side, especially true, law abbiding Conservatives, does not change the truth. We should know if Obama is eligible or not. If he is, so be it. If not, Impeach him for fraud, Period.

    April 25, 2011 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  15. Eddy

    This obsession with Obama's birth certificate is pathological. Forget about it and do something constructive for America.

    April 25, 2011 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  16. Al-NY,NY

    Keep it up Combover. The more you harp on this moronic subject, the more you drag down teh GOP. Is that what you are doing on purpose? Even if it is missing now, the necessary paperwork was shown and verified. Where is YOUR birth certificate? That document you showed earlier is no more of a valid document than you claim Obama produced

    April 25, 2011 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  17. Indy

    Once again Trump is braindead on yet another global econimic problem with fuel prices being high all over the globe. Trump is so stupid he does not know the POTUS has no power to change the oil prices set by OPEC. Even countries that out produce the US by fifty to one cant control the end costs of fuel. On the silly birther issue you either believe the CIA,FBI,Secret Service,RNC,DNC,Stat of Hawaii or a reality TV star like Trump, go figure.

    April 25, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  18. SusieKJ

    Wow, Trump is taking this too far even for him and outright lying. There was an article literally a couple days ago from the records office saying everyone signs in to request access/see records and they said no one has been in to request the documents, while Trump keeps saying he has "investigators" combing over things in Hawaii. I can't believe 9% of the Republican demographic could even consider him for President. Man I miss conservatives that actually use a brain cell.

    April 25, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  19. Republican Robber Baron

    CNN please stop this circus already. You guys are getting played like a fool by this narcissist. It's obvious he is getting free publicity by exploiting all the media attention recently.

    April 25, 2011 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  20. Jamie from Riverside

    Donald Trump is, literally, a BALD faced liar.
    The former Director of the Dept. of Health for the state of Hawaii has seen the original birth certificate.
    What is missing is Donald Trump's brain.

    April 25, 2011 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  21. Sgt Joe

    What a drama queen this idiot is! What "Obama's doing to gas prices", he says? This guy is shamelessly on a tangent and it has nothing to do with jobs creation. He simply enjoys reality TV. Nothing of substance with yet another GOP tantalizer; all they seek is the limelight.

    April 25, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  22. Frank

    I feel sorry for the people who he employs. He is a loud mouth. I also feel sorry for his "hair", or whatever it was in its' former life.

    April 25, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  23. Kenny

    I think Bill Cosby was right when he said The Chump Trump was "Full of himself". Trump needs to go back into his hole and find another company to bankrupt.

    April 25, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  24. W l jones

    In most backwood county they only had midwife and did not issure birth certiticate... which a lot of us did not have.

    April 25, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  25. Bringiton1

    Way to go Cotton Candy Head thats a heck of a find . Now show me where you get your hair done so we can put him/her in jail.

    April 25, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
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