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Billionaire Donald Trump today offered Barack Obama a check for $5 million for his choice of charities if he would produce his college and passport records.
In an announcement that had been promoted on social media for days, Trump released the above video with the offer.
“We know very little about our president,” he said. “I have a deal for the president.”
“If Barack Obama opens up and gives his college records and applications, and if he gives his passport applications and records, I will give to a charity of his choice – inner city children in Chicago, American Cancer Society, AIDS research – anything he wants a check immediately for $5 million,” he said.
Trump set a deadline of 5 p.m. on Oct. 31.
The release, he said, “will end the question and indeed the anger of many Americans. They will know something about their president. Their president will become transparent, like other presidents. So all he has to do to get $5 million for a charity or charities of his choice, is get his colleges to immediately give his applications and records and also to release his passport records.”
Trump said, “When he does that to my satisfaction, if it’s complete, this check is delivered immediately. A lot of people will be very, very happy to see this happen. Frankly, it’s a check I very much want to write.”
“Once caveat: the records must be given by Oct. 31 at 5 o’clock in the afternoon. Mr. President, not only will I be happy, and totally satisfied, but the American people will be happy.”
“In fact, he has spent millions of dollars in legal fees to make sure that it stays that way. I am very honored to have gotten President Obama to release his long form birth certificate, or whatever it was that he released. That was something that neither John McCain nor Hillary Clinton were able to get him to do during their very long and bitter political campaigns…”
He said he had been flooded with requests to act on behalf of those who “feel that they lack the ability to get this done.”
“Essentially, a large portion of American people are asking me to serve as their spokesperson,” he said.
He said during the July interview that then-probable GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney should demand to see Obama’s records in return for meeting Democrat demands to release his tax records. Trump said Obama probably is more scared of releasing his own documentation than he is of releasing all the information about the Fast and Furious gun scandal perpetrated by his administration.
Trump’s comments came in the wake of another news conference by Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz., on Obama’s eligibility. His Cold Case Posse team of investigators released documentation they believe is proof the Obama birth certification posted online by the White House in 2011 is fake.
“The fact is Sheriff Arpaio is, in my opinion, correct,” Trump told Hannity. “Nobody was ever in the hospital by the name of his mother … and a lot of crazy things.”
He pointed out, however, the nation’s unwillingness to address the issue, including the role of the mainstream media in attacking anyone who challenges Obama.
“If that were a conservative, let’s say a George Bush or somebody, he would have been out of office already,” he told Hannity.
“Nobody has more sealed records than this president. So many of his applications … are sealed. He spent $3 million to keep everything sealed. You can’t find out anything about his college. I’m not talking about his marks. I’m talking about his application. It would be so interesting to see,” Trump said then.
Obama’s college records for Occidental, Columbia and Harvard all remain out of the public view, protected by legions of attorneys fighting in court against any release.
He noted that Obama supporters, including news media, “label anybody that brings up the fact that he wasn’t born here or whatever – they label those people as morons or worse, as insane people.”
“But you look at the facts … the fact is Sheriff Arpaio is, in my opinion, correct.”
“The last thing Obama wants to do is show his college applications, how he got in, his place of birth. Sheriff Arpaio, whether you like him or not, is a serious person. He did a major investigation. The investigation is horrendous as to its results and what it shows,” he said.
As WND reported in March 2011, Trump suggested Obama’s presidency could be “illegal” if legitimate proof is not provided demonstrating he is indeed a “natural born citizen” of the U.S.
Trump also wondered why no doctors or nurses have come forward to announce their presence at Obama’s birth.
During their conversation, Trump told Corsi his own computer expert told him that the image posted online was a computer-generated document.
There had been a wave of speculation about the subject of Trump’s announcement, including suggestions it was about an investigation into foreign donations to Obama, a possible release of alleged Obama divorce papers and that Obama dealt drugs.
Trump Wednesday morning said none of the speculation about the subject of the announcement was correct.
“All predictions re: my 12 o’clock release are totally incorrect. Stay tuned!” he tweeted.
It was a report in Tuesday’s Daily Mail that said the “surprise” from Trump would be that Michelle and Barack Obama once seriously considered getting a divorce.
The Daily Mail had said Douglas Kass, a Florida-based investor who appears on CNBC’s talk show “Squawkbox” where Trump appears at times, tweeted “High above the Alps my Gnome has heard that Donald Trump will announce that he has unearthed divorce papers between the Prez and his wife.”
Kass is an author, founder and president of Seabreeze Partners Management.
Author Ed Klein in his book earlier this year made claims about divorce papers, and the White House “rubbished the allegations” the report said.
The blog alleged a man claiming to be a “pal” to Obama had contacted GOP operatives to go public with his claim that Obama used and sold cocaine in college. The report said the GOP didn’t want anything to do with the claim.
Trump himself two weeks earlier had tweeted about an article on Obama’s “illegal fundraising from abroad.” He said: “Foreign candidate getting foreign donations.”
“I have no expectations when it comes to Mr. Trump … we’ll see what he’s got,” was from ABC’s Rick Klein.
“I recommend that you lower your expectations. @realDonaltTrump is a clown & not a friend of conservatism,” said Michelle Malkin.
“Donald Trump’s announcement to announce an announcement about President Obama,” was a headline in the Palm Beach Post.
Mike Cohen, a top aide to Trump, had told WND earlier that the announcement would be of interest to “millions of Americans.”
Trump, who previously and very publicly challenged Obama’s eligibility to be president, told “Fox & Friends” Monday he has “something very, very big concerning the president.”
Fox host Gretchen Carlson asked if it would change the election, and he said: “Possibly. It’s very big – bigger than anybody would know.”
WND also reported months ago a prediction from Trump that Obama would start a war with Iran solely to help his chances of getting re-elected.
At the time, he told Greta Van Susteren of Fox News: “Yes, I believe that we will end up in a war with Iran because I think Obama views that as politically good for him. … I have said for a year and a half that in the end, somewhere before the election we will end up in a form of war with Iran, and I think he’s doing it for political reasons.”
Appearing somewhat incredulous, Van Susteren said: “You’re saying that the president is really thinking about doing the unthinkable for political advantage for himself, taking us to war. I think most people would say that’s beyond, that’s beyond fair.”
Trump responded: “I don’t think it’s beyond. That’s my opinion, and let’s see what happens. I hope that doesn’t happen.”
WND reported that Iranian sources have confirmed a deal between the Obama administration and a representative of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei over Tehran’s nuclear program.
The WND report revealed that the deal is for Iran to halt part of its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of many U.S. sanctions against the Islamic regime.
A day after WND’s report, by Reza Kahlili, the New York Times followed up with a story reporting Obama administration officials had confirmed the U.S. and Iran had agreed to one-on-one talks in what could be “a last-ditch diplomatic effort to avert a military strike on Iran.”
“I’m pleased that you now are endorsing our policy of applying diplomatic pressure and potentially having bilateral discussions with the Iranians to end their nuclear program,” Obama told Romney.
The report also quoted Mark Fitzpatrick, a former State Department expert working at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, who said, “I have been hearing for some time that they had been having private discussions, and now it is starting to become public.”
He suggested Obama released his documents in exchange for Romney’s tax returns, which Democrats have been demanding.
“I’ve said it a lot, that if Obama opened up his records, maybe Mitt should give his returns,” Trump told Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.” “That would be a great trade. I guarantee it would be a really wonderful trade.”
Trump offered a list of sealed documents he believes Obama should present for the deal.
“I’d like to see his college records,” he said. “I’d like to see his college applications. I’d like to see something about his past, which many people know nothing about. I’d like to see his passport records, which are sealed.”