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. flatbroke

    Pray tell, Mr. Trump, what exactly is Obama doing to gas prices? And who told you Obama's birth certificate is missing, huffalumps?

    April 25, 2011 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  2. cooldaddy1

    (3) HEARSAY is an out of court statement or ducument , made by someone other than the witness, which is introduced to prove the truth of the matter asserted. It is generally not admissible

    April 25, 2011 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  3. Liberal Elite = Anyone with an education...

    Don, what are you babbling about? Now you are trying to blame rising gasoline costs on the President? Do you seriously think there are enough people who are stupid enough to believe this drivel, that you will steal the Presidency? Dude, what reality are you occupying – because it sure isn't the real world.

    April 25, 2011 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  4. patty

    And just what is he doing to fuel prices? The president doesn't control the oil prices. This man needs a keeper. Lets hear his ideas on lowering gas prices besides taking it from Libya. What a fuitcake.

    April 25, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  5. stevetall

    Seriously, how can CNN (or anyone for that matter) give this creepy kook any attention? It's becoming obvious that something is desperately out of whack with this guy. Shouldn't we be thinking about an intervention? You should be ashamed of yourselves for putting him in the position of being ridiculed for being developmentally challenged. The word 'certifiable' comes to mind.

    April 25, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  6. vel

    wow, so it comes to this, one of the most popular GOP candidates is relying on lies. How does that sit with the bulk of the GOP and TPers, who self-identify as Christians.\? Doesn't your god have some problem with liars and lying?

    April 25, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  7. Me

    Has the Donald checked in his hair?

    April 25, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  8. mrllmc

    "Look...over here! Shiny object!!!"

    April 25, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  9. Nellie Bly

    Not letting Trump's "investigators" see it is not the same as it being missing. Does this mean Trump's financial records are missing, too?

    April 25, 2011 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  10. Maryla

    Can someone ask Trump about his wife? Where she was born? Where is her birth certificate? She can't even speak clearly English – very very heavy accent.Just Botox and cosmetic surgery ,nothing natural. That's not material for First Lady. Education – modeling? What about Iwana 1st wife? Did he found her birth certificate?

    April 25, 2011 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  11. Martha in CF

    Enough already Donald. You're done with this.......or someone please tell him he is done with this. It is getting old.

    April 25, 2011 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  12. AB

    This is a ridiculous and shameful public specticle!! I wish the media would just debunk and ignore Donald Trump's absurd claims about Obama's birth certificate. THIS IS A NON-ISSUE!! We have other serious political and economic issues to deal with instead of focusing on this nonsense. All this does is prove that Trump is not a serious candidate for the 2012 presidential election and is making a mockery of the political process to boost ratings for his reality show–The Apprentice.

    April 25, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  13. Tori

    give it a rest fat boy!

    April 25, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  14. Robert Camacho - CALIFORNIA

    Please make this idiot go away, I am sick and itred of Donald Trump. He needs to go back to his village, they are missing this idiot! If this guy is going to be the Republican front runner, they are in big trouble...

    April 25, 2011 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  15. larryw

    he was told by who? CNN if trump does not offer proof for all his claims then why do you keep printing stories on him. At some point you have to ignore the claims if there is no proof.

    April 25, 2011 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  16. Robert Camacho - CALIFORNIA

    Go President Obama dn Democrats in 2012!!!

    April 25, 2011 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  17. Lawsuit

    Obama's got to be able to sue this guy for slander or defamation of character or something. It can't possibly be legal for someone to go around telling lies like this of such magnitude especially about the President of the United States.

    April 25, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  18. Mark

    "When asked from whom he received the information, Trump said he didn't want to say and that he feels bad about the situation." That's usually the case with misinformation, they never have any proof to back up their claims.

    April 25, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  19. John

    Really? Gee wow....hmm I guess that some fo the Republican congressmen and Democratic ones that have actually seen it in person in Hawaii are lying? This clown is a tool and his show needs to be shut down.

    April 25, 2011 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  20. thomas

    Look at that Face , most people age with dignity not Donald Trump !

    April 25, 2011 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  21. Tired of the Nonsense

    Donald, Donald, Donald - please, get back on your meds. You've lost all touch with reality.

    Now, just listen. You don't have to say anything - President Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961 which was 2 years after Hawaii became a state. Also, his mom is American which makes him American even if he was born on Mars. Now I don't expect you to understand this because I'm being very logical and truthful, but every time you open your mouth, you're showcasing your insanity. Please get back on your meds so you can get back in touch with reality.

    April 25, 2011 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  22. Sue

    Why do you insist in covering anything this idiot says .....he hasn't he has nothing to say that should be covered as if he is!

    April 25, 2011 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  23. Johnny Chrome

    I've been told recently that the thing on Trump's head is a brain slug, but I feel bad about that situation, so I won't tell you who I heard that from.

    It's okay, Donnie, we can all infer you heard that from someone in the halls at FAUX News.

    April 25, 2011 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  24. David Cincinnati

    What's missing is Trump's perspective on what is significant. This issue and the Marriage Protection Act evince the emptiness of both Trump and Boehner.

    April 25, 2011 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  25. Mac

    It is time for Donald Chump to put up or shut up

    April 25, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
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