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Mega-millionaire Donald Trump today said during an interview with FoxNewsInsider that Barack Obama is having trouble with, and spending millions to fight, the ongoing questions about his birth, his birth certificate and his eligibility to hold office – and the longer the issue goes on, the more he is convinced there are problems with the president’s eligibility.
His newest comments on an issue he first raised in an ABC interview more than a week ago came today on the Fox News Channel.
“The fact is if you’re not born in the United States, you cannot be president. He is having a hard time. He spent millions of dollars trying to get away from this issue. Millions of dollars in legal fees trying to get away from this issue. I brought it up just routinely. All of a sudden a lot of facts are emerging, and I’m starting to wonder myself whether he was born in this country,” Trump said.
Since Trump has publicly expressed an interest in running for president, his raising of the issue has rocketed it into the national spotlight and helped establish it as a possible component of the 2012 race.
He later demanded that Obama just release his birth certificate after being asked about the issue on the ABC television program “The View,” where actress Whoopi Goldberg called the issue nonsense.
“When you become president of the United States of America, you know that he’s American,” she proclaimed.
Notwithstanding her analysis, not all Americans can be president. The U.S. Constitution requires that only natural-born citizens are eligible for the White House.
Goldberg also asserted that opponents raising questions about Obama’s eligibility are motivated by racism. Trump responded to the claim today, calling it “insulting.”
“What does that have to do with race?” he asked. “The fact is, they asked John McCain for his birth certificate. … They would ask me for my birth certificate … and by the way it’s sitting on the top of my desk.”
A photo of Donald Trump’s hospital-generated birth certificate (courtesy ABC News)
Trump released a copy of his own hospital-generated birth certificate to the media today, listing New York City’s Jamaica Hospital as his place of birth on June 14, 1946.
“This guy either has a birth certificate or he doesn’t,” Trump said today. “I didn’t think it was such a big deal, but I will tell you it’s turning out to be a very big deal. Because people now are calling me from all over saying please don’t give up on this issue.
“If you were not born in this country, you cannot be president,” he said.
He said the 1961 newspaper announcements of Obama’s birth could have been placed for any number of “social” reasons.
“They did it for whatever reasons. … He could have been born outside of this country. Why can’t he produce a birth certificate? By the way, there’s one story that his family doesn’t even know what hospital he was born in,” Trump said.
When asked about the old-style media’s portrayal of doubters as “crazy,” he said, “I start off every time I talk about the birthers, I start off by saying it’s very interesting. I was a great student at the best college in the country. I want to let people know I’m a smart guy. … They are people who want to see a birth certificate. They want to know the president was born here.”
“Because if you’re not born in the U.S., you cannot be president. There’s a real question,” he said. “If this birth certificate exists – you know what I get a kick out of – the governor of Hawaii [Neil Abercrombie] says I remember when he was born … I doubt it. I think this guy should be investigated. He remembers when Obama was born? Give me a break. He’s just trying to do something for his (Democratic) party.
Discussion of Obama’s birth certificate last week on “The View” can be seen in the following YouTube video:
As WND reported just a week ago, not even one person in 10 says Barack Obama has shown that he is eligible to
be president, according to a new scientific poll
that also reveals political independents have less tolerance than even
Republicans for his efforts to obfuscate the issue. Another 32 percent would
disregard the questions entirely, concluding they are not valid.
While much of the concern centers on Obama’s birth certificate – he’s refused
to release his original document specifying the birth hospital and doctor’s name, substituting instead a computer-generated
summary of information purportedly in the Hawaii state archives – there are
numerous other documents that remain unavailable.
These are the types of records that typically are available for major
political leaders such as someone occupying the Oval Office. They include
his kindergarten records, his Punahou school records, his Occidental College
records, his Columbia University records, his Columbia thesis, his Harvard Law
School records, his Harvard Law Review articles, his scholarly articles from the
University of Chicago, his passport, his medical records, his files from his
years as an Illinois state senator, his Illinois State Bar Association records,
any baptism records and his adoption records.