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. spammers

    this guy is a complete tool. why does he get all this airtime?

    April 27, 2011 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  2. Former Republican, now an Independent

    If Donald Trump wanted to do the American public a great service, he would disappear.

    April 27, 2011 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  3. john316

    This is utter nonsense .......and really is about the " Moron factor" in the Republican party....I'm sure many are card carrying members of the "Flat Earth Society"....Where were these "Birthers" when John McCain was running? I didn't know Panama was in the US....please show us on the map......The "Dumbing Down" of America continues....Palin, Bachmann, and on and on...good grief....This is llike an episode of Fringe in the paralell universe........

    April 27, 2011 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  4. salvatore

    Trump's an arrogant liar.

    April 27, 2011 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  5. Mark Gibson

    WHY do you continue to give air time and print time to this DOOFUS? He is a JOKE. We have so many problems to face up to and discuss as a nation and this is what you find newsworthy?

    April 27, 2011 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  6. Bob

    Why is the press wasting valuable time on this guy? We are fighting two wars. We are terrible economic problems. We a country dived over how we are going to move forward as a nation and CNN is interviewing P.T Barnum, who thinks he's presidential material. Isn't that what we had from 2000 to 2008?

    April 27, 2011 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  7. mike

    Why do we give this huckster, air time. He puts out enough hot air to heat trump towers on a cold winters day .Obama said it right a carnival barker.

    April 27, 2011 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  8. Patricia G, Houston, TX

    Donald Trump is an idiot for this insult...His money cannot buy him a seat in the White Houst..Thank God!

    April 27, 2011 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  9. az

    Why didn't this racist not go after McCain when his birth certificate is more of an issue than Obama's?

    April 27, 2011 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  10. LocoMotive

    and why does he just keep saying "just say'in?" i mean i'm just say'in

    April 27, 2011 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  11. Ann White

    What sevice?. This issue has been around before you brought it up again. It's not new.

    April 27, 2011 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  12. Amunaka

    Wow trump..look up ..The Narcissist's Confabulated Life... and see your own reflection...

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

    He's a legend in his own mind but to me he is just an idiot.

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

    Well, I must say Trump is the perfect politician – saying nothing of real merit, making false accusations and claims, and playing the innocent while championing himself as a hero because the president released his longform birth certificate. He has this nailed down pat.

    April 27, 2011 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  15. Judith Rechan

    Just watched John King's interview with Donald Trump. It was wonderful to see someone calmly interrogating Trump and letting us see Trump's duplicity regarding the "birther" subject. John King kept his calm when Donald Trump insulted him and then continued to make Trump answer his pertinent questions. If Donald Trump had just argued his business acumen and his "possible" ability to negotiate with other nations he might have interested me, but his lies and outright disrespect for the Presidency in order to make himself popular make him a questionable candidate.

    April 27, 2011 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  16. Ridgeway

    I have to say after looking at the certificate it appears real so now the news is much worse for the President and his supporters. It clearly says he was born in a hospital in Hawaii and not, as he would have us believe through his actions, in a manger in Bethlehem

    April 27, 2011 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  17. darren

    He is and A hole....he is just made because he will never be president....trump the birther...

    April 27, 2011 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  18. bailoutsos

    He is a hoot. Give Trump an "Atta' Boy" sticker on his card.

    April 27, 2011 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  19. gb0423

    yes you have have absolutely proven beyond a shadow of a doubt what a complete bafoon you are

    April 27, 2011 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  20. Jim

    The only service you have done is to deliver proof of why you aren't fit to be President. You are a loathsome, racist, idiot.

    April 27, 2011 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  21. paa

    just look how fool trump look. he lied and will not accept. he said he has paid and the people say there is no birth certificate. he paid some crooks political pimps. lucky he did not bet his $200million worth on. he just look so so stupid now.

    April 27, 2011 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  22. Furous Styles

    Trump wants to be recognized. He obviously wants to be awarded a medal of some sort. If anyone out there who owns a medal/awards/trophy business, we'd appreciate it if you would step in and fashion something special for the occasion.

    April 27, 2011 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  23. Craig

    Dear Mr. Trump,

    Shut up. Please.

    The American People

    April 27, 2011 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  24. Dilerious Shakez

    If Donald Trump Cares So much about the country,then why does he HAVE to be president to help it?Why Can't He Just Be An Advisor Or SomeThing.If China Won't Jump Into The War In Libya,Where Most Of Their Oil Supply is From,Then Why Are We For Next To Free?Who Cares Now That The Term Of Presidency Is Almost Over, Where The Birth Certificate Is?If You Cared You Would Have Stopped Him From RUNNING In The FIRST PLACE!

    April 27, 2011 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  25. ArtInChicago

    Don, do the American people another great service...go away.

    April 27, 2011 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
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