Billionaire Donald Trump says Barack Obama probably is feeling “heat” from the questions he is raising about the president’s eligibility to occupy the White House.
Trump, who says he will make a decision over the next few weeks whether he’ll seek the GOP nomination for president in 2012, has continued his “eligibility tour,” appearing on shows with both Laura Ingraham and Bill O’Reilly.
Ingraham, who has talked about the issues that have been raised occasionally, asked whether Trump was feeling pressure because he is raising the questions that mainstream media outlets have poked fun at while refusing to seriously investigate for the last two years.
Those focus on whether Obama meets the Constitution’s requirements for presidents to be a “natural born Citizen.” Some 100 lawsuits have raised the issue over the past 30 months.
“I don’t feel heat. I think he’s got heat,” Trump told her. “He cannot give a birth certificate. I can. You can.”
Later he told O’Reilly that two weeks ago when he started suggesting that Obama should be answering some questions and providing some information, he thought that “probably” Obama was eligible to be president. He said now his opinion has changed to that being only “possible.”
He told Ingraham that the circumstances of Obama’s eligibility story – his birth location and timeline – just don’t add up.
“There’s something fishy about the whole thing,” he said. He said he’s convinced Obama doesn’t have a birth certificate, or if he does, “there’s something on that certificate that’s very bad for him.”
He noted that even Obama’s own family members have been unable to agree at which hospital he was born.
Trump also addressed the issue of the newspaper ads in Honolulu, which O’Reilly has stated document the birth because he doesn’t feel there’s any way such an insertion could have been fabricated.
WND investigations, actually, have revealed the ads were generated automatically by data delivered by the state health department in Hawaii regarding its record of births, and actually could have been generated by someone reporting his birth to the state, even if it happened elsewhere.
“I see so much fraud in this world, an ad like that could have been staged. I see so many fraudulent things going on that would be like the least of it,” Trump said.
He suggested it was incredible that no doctor, nurse or other person had come forward to recall the birth of such a famous person.
Trump told O’Reilly the significance of the dispute isn’t clear to many people.
“If you are going to be the president of the United States you have to be born in the United States – and there is doubt [about Obama],” he said. “If he wasn’t born in this country, it’s one of the great scams.”
Today, Trump was on MSNBC, where he was asked whether it was a serious issue:
“You could downplay it,” Savannah Guthrie told Trump.
“There is certainly a chance that he was not born in this country. Now if he was not born in this country, that means he can’t be president. It’s very simple,” Trump patiently explained.
Guthrie was joined by co-host Chuck Todd in loud guffaws while Trump explained that if such a deception has occurred, it would be the biggest fraud in the history of the country.
Guthrie told Trump he appeared to be irritated by the issue.
“It doesn’t irritate me,” he responded. “It irritates other people.”
He cited polls showing a majority of the GOP that say they have doubts about Obama’s eligibility.
“There must be a lot of smart people thinking maybe it’s so,” he said.
WND reported just a day earlier that questions about Trump’s own status as a “natural born Citizen,” as the U.S. Constitution requires presidents to be, apparently has been resolved.
Questions were raised when Trump released his own birth certification documentation – both short-form and long-form versions. Obama’s “certification of live birth” that was posted online during his campaign is considered a short-form document and at the time was not even accepted by the state of Hawaii as proof of identity for some of its programs.
The long form reveals his mother, Mary Anne MacLeod Trump, was born in Stornoway, Scotland, thus giving her British citizenship at her birth in 1912. Donald’s father, real-estate mogul Frederick Christ Trump, was an American by birth in New York City in 1905.
But the Birthers.org website, which has been among those questioning Obama’s eligibility, reports that Trump’s mother did indeed become a U.S. citizen before the birth of Donald. It displays a small image of a signed naturalization receipt for Mrs. Trump on March 10, 1942, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, four years before Donald was born.
WND found a larger image of the document in the National Archives, showing details for Mary Anne Trump, including her home address of 175 24 Devonshire Rd. in Jamaica, N.Y. and her age of 29 at the time of the record.