Romney campaign sticks with Trump, despite birther comments
May 26th, 2012
10:33 AM ET
10 years ago

Romney campaign sticks with Trump, despite birther comments

(CNN) – Donald Trump, whose penchant for questioning President Barack Obama's place of birth showed no signs of abating Friday, is helping presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney raise money. Isn't such close proximity to the "birther" conspiracy embarrassing for a candidate who's serious about becoming the next president?

That was the question posed by CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger to Romney's senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom Friday.

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"I can't speak for Donald Trump, but I can tell you that Mitt Romney accepts that President Obama was born in the United States," Fehrnstrom said on CNN's "The Situation Room."

Fehrnstrom, it turns out, doesn't need to speak for Trump. The celebrity business magnate spoke out for himself in a Friday interview with The Daily Beast, saying he still had questions about Obama's birthplace.

"Look, it's very simple," Trump said in the Daily Beast interview. "A book publisher came out three days ago and said that in his written synopsis of his book."

The interview continued, "He said he was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia. His mother never spent a day in the hospital."

Trump was referring to literary agency who, in a promotional catalogue from the 1990s, listed Obama has having been born in Kenya. An employee of the agency recently acknowledged that it was her mistake.

Trump isn't buying it.

"Now they're saying it was a mistake," he told the Daily Beast. "Just like his Kenyan grandmother said he was born in Kenya, and she pointed down the road to the hospital, and after people started screaming at her she said, 'Oh, I mean Hawaii.' Give me a break."

Obama released the long-form version of his birth certificate in April 2011, showing he was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961. Soon after it was released, Trump announced he would not make a bid for the GOP presidential nomination.

Trump's latest foray into birtherism comes just days ahead of a big campaign event with Romney in Las Vegas. The event, which will also feature former candidate Newt Gingrich, is set to take place Tuesday at Trump's International Hotel on the Strip.

Romney's campaign is also raffling a chance to have dinner with Trump for supporters who donate $3 to the campaign.

"I want you: Dine with the Donald," a campaign flier proclaims, along with a drawing of Trump in the post of Uncle Sam.

The campaign offers: "Airport transportation in the Trump vehicle; Stay at the Trump International Hotel & Tower New York; Tour the Celebrity Apprentice Boardroom; Dine with Donald Trump and Mitt Romney."

Will such close proximity to an avowed birther damage Romney's credibility? Their rivals certainly hope so. Obama's campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt labeled Trump the "birther in chief" on MSNBC Friday.

But Fehrnstrom, quoting a member of the Obama White House, said a politician's supporters don't speak for the candidate himself.

"You know, not too long ago, Jay Carney, the spokesman for the White House made a statement which I think is correct, and that statement was that a candidate can't be responsible for everything that their supporters say," Fehrnstrom said. "And in this case, Mitt Romney has made it clear that the place of the president's birth is not an issue for him. He accepts the fact that he was born in Hawaii. And we have many important challenges facing our country, and that's what we'd rather talk about."

Filed under: 2012 • Birthers • Donald Trump • Mitt Romney
soundoff (388 Responses)
  1. deadspam

    I want to see Romney's and Trump's birth certificates to prove they are legal residents of Fantasyland and not the afterbirths they appear to be...

    May 26, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  2. rec

    Romney was born im Mexico, trump is Canadian!

    May 26, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  3. Brenda

    Wow, I wonder if you liberals used the same "guilty by association" standard with Obama and his pastor for 25 years Jeremiah Wright??


    May 26, 2012 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  4. keyser

    They should question Mr. Trump's place of birth. There are many who doubt that he is from this planet much less the United States.

    May 26, 2012 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  5. Old Artilley Man

    Who is interested in birth certificates. I am much more interested in how many bank accounts Romney has in the Cayman Islands and elsewhere.

    @!ST SGT: With the grasp of facts that you exhibit, you would never have made PFC in my outfit.
    Old Artillery Man

    May 26, 2012 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  6. Jay

    Two Vultures in the same room.

    May 26, 2012 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  7. Independent jim

    why hasnt the birth certificate of Mitt Romney been producede .. He was born in Mexico and he is not a natural born citizen ..the right wing has never questioned Mitt on his roots

    May 26, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  8. The Left Wing

    By his long and continued association with Trump, Romney reveals himself as without intellect or morals or both.

    May 26, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  9. Dan

    Maybe Mitt hasn't heard, that he's riding a train wreck into the convention, with Ron Paul's supporters in Maine and Minnesota running against him.

    If Mitt thinks that will get more independents and moderates within his own party voting for him, he is sadly mistaken...

    May 26, 2012 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |

    Please pick this idiot Trump for a running mate, then Obama will surely win. These two are a joke. How do we know Mitt was born in this country? Why shouldn't this moron have to show his birth certificate. the Teapublicans birthers and far right lunatics are a disgrace to this country.!!!

    May 26, 2012 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  11. Tricia

    Why does anyone care what Trump says, the guy is supposed to be a BUSINESS man and he's declared banjrupcy how many times???? Just sayin........

    May 26, 2012 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  12. Gurgyl

    GOP is so idiotic, pathetic, #1 robber in this nation, people are spitting at them, do these idiots know?????

    May 26, 2012 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  13. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    The fact of the matter is we will probably never know where B.O. was really born. The media is determined that it is going to protect him (it's creation) by burying this issue as much as possible and ridiculing anyone and everyone who goes anywhere near it. And the ignorant, dumb, pop-culture-obsessed American public will sit by and let it get away with it and believe exactly what it is told to believe. What a nation of mindless sheep we have become. It's like the old saying goes: People usually deserve the government they have......and we certainly do.

    May 26, 2012 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  14. lynn

    romney sticks with trump and all that money , shocker .

    May 26, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  15. KC

    These people spend so much time trying to get Obama off the ballot in a states that will never turn blue. In Arizona they even used their Secretary of State (who, by the way, is chairman for the Romney campaign in AZ), to try and get Hawaii to prove (once again that the President was born in the US). The blatant hatred for the President from the right is so transparent that it makes me sick. The republican party is fractioned into groups – religous right, ignorant, and corporate greed. Personally, I don't want my vote advancing any of these groups agendas. How about you?

    May 26, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  16. trumod

    The is Trump promoting an upcoming event at HIS hotel. It's nada. However, it would be funny as hell to discover that The Donald was actually born in international waters on his daddy's yacht, thereby making him Philip Nolan, "The Man Without a Country."

    May 26, 2012 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  17. jthomasin

    Trump knows he is playing the fool. How much is publicity worth? Enough for Trump to knowingly dance and perform for everyone so that he gets a little spotlight.

    May 26, 2012 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  18. hillplus

    That's nothing, Obama has a serial misogynist giving him a million bucks and is supported by the American Communist party!! No one bats an eyelash. Journalism is dead. 😉

    May 26, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  19. Bill

    I don't particularly care where he was born. But it is a strange coincidence that in the early 90's, his own agent had him listed as being born in Kenya, long before any of the controversy began.

    May 26, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  20. candy

    Doesn't Romney realize that Trump is a stool pigeon for the Obama camp? Well, as long as he only sees $ signs in front of him, he'll never notice anything. I'm sure he's busy scheming with his CPAs to try to see how he can hide some of his campaign funds in some off-source accounts!

    May 26, 2012 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  21. candy

    "....I'm sure he's busy scheming with his CPAs to try to see how he can hide some of his campaign funds in some OFF-SHORE accounts!"

    May 26, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  22. garydavis02

    they need one more person so they can be called ((( larry darrel and darrel ))) or just pathetic idiots

    May 26, 2012 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  23. sonnie3

    After 4 plus years of claims obama was born in the USA, nothing creditable to prove he was born here. It sure should have something better than a computer generated piece of paper that some other politician says is real. Ya Sure You Betch!!

    May 26, 2012 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  24. Ozzie

    You're so mature, Mitt. Do you have a backbone?

    May 26, 2012 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  25. Publius Novus

    Liptak, you and the rest of the MSM still don't understand this issue. President Obama did not release his long-form birth certificate. Hawai'i released a copy of the birth certificate. A person cannot:"release" their own birth certificate for the simple reason–a reason that ought to be obvious to everyone with an IQ above 15–that the birth certificate is the property of the state. Please thing about ths and try to get it right the next time. Oh, and Mr. Litvak–I'd like you to release your college transcripts. See if you can do that.

    May 26, 2012 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
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