Trump: 'I've done a great service to the American people'
April 27th, 2011
05:52 PM ET
11 years ago

Trump: 'I've done a great service to the American people'

(CNN)- Now that President Barack Obama has released his long-form birth certificate, real estate mogul and possible presidential candidate Donald Trump is ready for other issues–one of them apparently whether he will pay the investigators he sent to Hawaii to look into the place of Obama's birth.

In an interview airing Wednesday on CNN's "John King, USA," Trump asserted, "I don't make up anything," when asked about his earlier claims that Obama's birth certificate could be missing. Still, he is undecided about paying for the sleuths he sent to Hawaii to investigate the issue.

"Would I pay them? I don't know," he said. "I can say this, let me just tell you, I don't make up anything…I have done a great service to the American people."

When pressed on his role in stirring up birther controversy by CNN's Chief National Correspondent John King, Trump downplayed his actions by saying he didn't understand why President Obama didn't release his birth certificate earlier. "I heard everyone wanted to see it and I was the only one that got him to do it," he said.

"Every time I sit down with the press all they want to talk about is the birth certificate and I got him to do something that nobody else could get him to do and I take great credit for that."

Trump responded to the president's motivation for releasing his long form birth certificate as a way to end "silliness" by saying, "We have a president that's incompetent…I am a very serious person. I am a person that has made great wealth."

Trump, currently in the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire for several appearances, says he hasn't seen the long-form birth certificate but now hopes "a lot of experts will analyze it."

He indicated that he's ready to move on to other issues, since the place of the president's birth is no longer in question, and affirmed that he's ready to focus on other subjects "like China ripping us off."

"I'm really happy that we can finally get on to that subject because that's my strength," he said. "Jobs, the economy, getting OPEC to behave. We have all the power…they don't respect our leadership," he continued.

If there were any doubt on which ticket Trump would run, if he decides to run for president, given his history of cozying up to the reform party in 1999, and later saying the Republicans are too crazy, and the Democrats are too liberal, Trump settled the question.

"I'm looking to run as a Republican."

"I'm doing great in the polls, you know why?" he continued. "Because people in New Hampshire as well as people in the country don't want to be ripped off by a nation that does business with us."

"Our leader is incompetent, and people want to see a change and that's why I'm doing it."

Trump has convinced at least one key GOP operative that he's not taking a potential bid for the presidency lightly. In an interview with King, Jack Kimball, chairman of the New Hampshire state Republican Party, said he believes Trump's visit to the state is an indication that he's serious about running.

"Just his appearance here today I think is ominous," he said. "I think he wouldn't have bothered to come here if he wasn't taking the next most serious step toward that decision."

Filed under: 2012 • Content Partner • Donald Trump • New Hampshire • TV-John King U.S.A.
soundoff (299 Responses)
  1. Ronald Raygun

    trump didnt do anything,,,,,, what a narcissist.

    April 27, 2011 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  2. M-G Lavoie

    Trump, in my book, you are king of trolls. Retarded beyond belief. Do us a favor and fire yourself.

    April 27, 2011 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  3. Arglebargle

    Donald T Rump is a legend in his own mind.

    April 27, 2011 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  4. doc 77

    Once an idiot, always an idiot, I guess. The club is growing.

    April 27, 2011 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  5. Polly

    go away Donald Trump. You are a joke.

    April 27, 2011 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  6. Burbank

    Oh just shut up! Rug-head! Use some of that money to get a decent toupee.

    April 27, 2011 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  7. Rich

    Trump, you got played son.

    April 27, 2011 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  8. dwt

    Is Trump really from this planet, as he claims he is? I really see some things that make me wonder, and I have people looking into it, and I think you're going to be very interested in what we reveal, but now is not the appropriate time to show what we're discovering...

    April 27, 2011 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  9. SCOTO

    This is what we have come to as Americans and our Presidential candidates.

    April 27, 2011 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  10. Sgt Joe

    I've really had it w/this egomaniac! He so full of it.

    April 27, 2011 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  11. gus nicolas gonzalez

    incedible!!!!!!what a full!!!!!
    mr unique BS king
    Make a note I am a registered republica,and I am a shame of this kind of crooks

    April 27, 2011 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  12. Benny


    April 27, 2011 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  13. Jah

    Except that his campaign released that in 2008....

    April 27, 2011 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  14. Douglas

    Interesting when will this self-aggrandizing blowhard take full "credit" for the number of bankruptcies he has filed, personally and professionally? Also when will this loon produce his own long form birth certificate? Maybe it's lost between all those divorce decrees.

    April 27, 2011 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  15. Carl

    Donald Trump is dangerous. He is single handedly making the Republican Party irrelevant. He is deliberately threatening our party system of governance. Wow – amazing, the tea baggers are swallowing his conspiracy rants about "missing" birth certificates to somehow justify their ignorant bigotry. America will be “fundamentally” changed – God bless you – God bless the United States of America.

    April 27, 2011 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  16. Frank

    It was a stupid question to ask to begin with. It is a slap on the face of Trump and alike. How could he think he has done something great? Don't people have better things to do?

    April 27, 2011 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  17. Shane

    Me, Myself and I. Me, Me, Me. I love myself. I am very proud of myself.... I have done what no man has done before.
    The American people owe me.

    April 27, 2011 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  18. Bill

    So even though we owe China over a trillion dollars, we are in the position of power according to Trump? No wonder this clown has had more bankruptcies than he's had extra-marital affairs. I REALLY hope this guy is the GOP candidate.

    April 27, 2011 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  19. Alina77

    SO now you will go away, or more " I dont make up anything" on the way?
    Media and journalists he highjack you and made us his victims, PLEASE PLEASE Stop all of this.

    April 27, 2011 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  20. Simmy

    Mr. Trump has insulted our intelligence and I don't appreciate that.

    April 27, 2011 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  21. Bonita Yarboro

    Donald Trump is an idiot. I usually keep my opinions to myself or between a small group of friends. Who the hell does he think he is? President Obama has more intelligence in his little toe than "The Donald" has in his entire body! He has no idea how much he is hurting African Americans. We are always accused of being a product of affirmative action whether it is the truth or not. Mr. Obama was president of the law review. I tend to think he got that on merit. Trump got his through nepotism-whatever "his" is. He needs to go to a corner and sit down. I have lost all respect for him and I am losing respect for NBC. I think requesting sponsors to boycott his show is the next thing we should do. This man has disrespected the American President.. He should not be rewarded for his disrespectful tirades. I for one will never watch his show again and ask my friends to do the same.

    April 27, 2011 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  22. Len Smith

    This will not get posted but as a service Trump should just shut up and go back to his little hole. He is a nothing and if anyone would think of voting for him for a dog catcher they should be questioned for be insane.

    April 27, 2011 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  23. BarbaraSamburu

    BS Trump!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 27, 2011 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  24. reality

    get over yourself.

    April 27, 2011 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  25. DN

    This was quite simply disrespectful of our President. Trump and all of these people who would not accept the Certificate of Live Birth just showed themselves to be children, immature beyond acceptance. That certificate is a legally binding document. Case closed. They should all be ashamed of themselves, but they are too ignorant and immature to evoke that emotion. All of these 'birthers' disrespected our Commander in Chief and the state of Hawaii, and all of it's residence, who all share that same certificate of proof that they were born in the United States.

    These people are unpatriotic, and, worse, probably bigots. Disgusting. Do you also think Armstrong, Collins, and Aldrin, Jr. never landed on the moon? Do you believe Paul McCartney really is dead? The Earth is flat?

    April 27, 2011 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
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