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Trump claims Obama birth certificate 'missing'

Editor's note: Tune in to AC360° Tuesday beginning at 10 p.m. ET to see the remainder of Gary Tuchman's investigation into President Barack Obama's birthplace. Tuchman speaks with Hawaii’s Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie who says he knew Obama’s parents decades ago. Abercrombie weighs in on the controversy over Obama’s birthplace and explains why he has not released Obama’s birth certificate like he said he would.

(CNN) – Real estate mogul Donald Trump's latest claim about President Obama's birth certificate is that it's missing.

"Well I've been told very recently, Anderson, that the birth certificate is missing," Trump told CNN's Anderson Cooper Monday. "I've been told that it's not there or it doesn't exist. And if that's the case it's a big problem."

When asked from whom he received the information, Trump said he didn't want to say and that he feels bad about the situation.

"I'd love for him to produce his birth certificate so that you can fight one-on-one," Trump said in an interview set to air Monday. "If you look at what he's doing to fuel prices, you can do a great fight one-on-one, you don't need this issue."

CNN's Gary Tuchman also interviewed the former director of the Hawaii Department of Health, who said she has seen the original birth certificate in the vault at the Department of Health.

In 2008, the Obama campaign released an official document called a "certification of live birth" which indicates he was born in Hawaii. This document, which is a computerized abstract of his birth information that the State of Hawaii issues to individuals requesting their birth records, satisfies proof-of-birth requirements for various federal matters, including obtaining a passport. Several news organizations as well as the Annenberg Fact Check Project viewed the document first-hand and verified that it contained the official raised seal as well as a signature stamp of the state registrar.

Trump has made national headlines by questioning the president's birthplace, even saying he has hired investigators in Hawaii to examine the situation. The reality TV star is mulling a bid for the White House and expects to make a final decision at the end of May, after the latest season of "Celebrity Apprentice" concludes.

Updated: 8:28 p.m.

soundoff (387 Responses)
  1. mark edward marchiafava

    Forget the birth certificate, it's immaterial. Obama has repeatedly admitted he has dual citizenship, based on his (alleged) father's citizenship. Arrest him for fraud.

    April 26, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  2. James Dean

    What is this President hiding. Someone has spent millions to seal every record this man has. Since when does anyone get a free pass like this?

    April 26, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
  3. mikal previl

    Donald trump not a really a politician for me obama born here in the united states

    April 26, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
  4. Tony Michel

    God bless Mr Trump.

    April 26, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
  5. Jesl

    Trump needs to focus on political issues concerning the direction of the USA government and world leadership. The Obama issue reeks of racism and serves as Trump's diversion in addressing real issues! He's not a viable or serious presidential candidate.

    April 26, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
  6. John V Carey

    I don't care about the Birther Issue, I would like this election be about issues of the economy, jobs, the strenght of the dollar, health care, TSA and issues of morailty. As for the the Birt issue, just produce the long form and put it rest. The presisdent is continuing to keep this issue alive. We had the same issue with McCain, he had to produce his long form for the Senate to vote.

    April 26, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  7. Kruz

    So far Obama hasnt shown any proof of Birth that I cant buy off the internet. No matter what CNN wants us to believe, a Certificate of live birth is not a Birth Certificate.PERIOD.

    Want to shut the "Birthers" up?... SHOW THE OFFICIAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE! Until then, CNN and everyone else stop complaining and being bitter by those who question it. We the people want the truth, that is all.

    April 26, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
  8. Joan

    Some people are saying why doesn't the President just request the birth certificate and present it to the media. Well, then he is giving in to the craziness and taking part in the nonsense. He has shown exactly what all Hawaiians have to prove they were born there. He got passports, driver licences and any other legal documents using that same piece of documentaion. Technically, Trump and all of the other birthers are calling the President, his mother, grandparents, friends and family, hospital administrators, newspaper editors, politicians such as the Republican ex-Governor and many others in Hawaii liars. Maybe if the birthers request that all of the presidents from Carter on up to Bush, McCain, Palin, Huckabee, Romney, Trump and anyone else who is thinking of running for president show their birth certificates and they are willing to show them, then he could do it if he wants. Until then, he should just let them carry on with their illogical movement and self-implode.

    April 26, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
  9. Bob Smith

    It would be so cool if the "birthers" were correct; not because it would mean the end of the Obama presidency (that would indeed be sweet!!!!), but to see the backtracking and apologizing and strategizing of the leftist Obama supporters and other Obama worshippers, particularly in the media, such as this lame outfit, would be too rich!

    April 26, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
  10. j Lyons

    A certificate of live birth will not get you a passport or a drivers liscense. I just obtained both and they wanted my original long form birth certificate. You guys are journalists you should attempt to get a passport with the COLB and report what happens

    April 26, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
  11. stace

    I am no birther but this gets creepier and creepier...since being born in US is a requirement for being president, then there is a case to produce it, just do it Barry and move on...

    April 26, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
  12. Dave

    This can all be put to rest if they would just release it.
    All is is just speculation.
    The longer this goes unchallenged..the worse Obama looks.

    April 26, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
  13. Kathy

    @CNN – Just stop it. Stop with giving Trump another second of air time, no one cares. While you're at it, stop with the "which one of these three news stories would you like to see" every morning then I'm supposed to text you? Do all three! This morphing into a news version of TMZ is unwatchable. There was a time you were trusted BECAUSE YOU REPORTED THE NEWS!!! Bring back the old CNN where people could get a fleshed out news story. Donald Trump is not news. Just stop it!!!

    April 26, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
  14. Tim

    CNN's Gary Tuchman also interviewed the former director of the Hawaii Department of Health, who said she has seen the original birth certificate in the vault at the Department of Health.

    And what part affiliation is the director of the Hawaii Department of Health? A certificate of live birth could be obtained for someone born in Japan and simply requested by a relative in Hawaii at the time. The COLB does not validate a Hawaii birth.

    Produce the legal document support a birth IN HAWAII and the so called "birthers" will go away.

    April 26, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
  15. alicia

    i have faith that our great president was born in this country..and you want to know why stupied trump is not saying anything about his sorce of info..its because he has no facts no proof he is just shooting his mouth off.

    April 26, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
  16. Marisa Cox

    Mr Trump has no intelectual edge. He does not have what it takes for political leadership.
    That is one fact Democrats and Republicans agree on.

    April 26, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
  17. Jeff

    People dont need to worry about the birth certificate. What they need to worry about is WHY he has a legal team of 15 or so who's sole job is to block any attempts to access the birth certificate, his college transcripts or any information on his Legal background along with Michelle's. If you cant deal with the birth certificate questions, feel they are unwarranted, would you being saying the same thing had this been Bush? The time for hipocracy has passed, as an American you should ask yourself WHY, WHY does he have legal team; WHY wont he disclose his college records. That is the biggest question; WHY? If you have nothing to hide, you would have no issues providing whatever information was required, but when you do have something to hide.. well, you do what Obama is doing. So anyone whining about it being racial, religious, or just Republican; deep down you know that argument isnt valid but that is the last card in your weak hand so you have to play it; but in the end, you will lose.

    April 26, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
  18. Chris

    A certification of live birth is not valid for obtaining a passport. My wife was just declined by State Department for a passport application in which she used sach a document. She had to request a dupplicate birth certificate for her native FLA which was sent to her within 3 days for a fee of $35. Only then would the Federal Govt issue her a passport.

    If you are going to advocate for something please get the facts straight.

    April 26, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
  19. Nathan Hardy

    Donald Trump is wrong. President Obama was born in Hawaii. But Trump flip- flops all the time (even more than Romney and that's saying something). Trump alienates people with this garbage. I used to watch "The Apprentice" now I don't.

    April 26, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
  20. Lindsey

    I can't get a driver's license in Florida without a birth certificate. Could Obama get one if he moved to Florida?

    April 26, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
  21. CLynne

    Why don't he just stop!!!? Don't he already get publitcity from his show? And what the HELL does the president has to do with the gas prices? That's just greedy oil company's and business men such as Mr. Trump! I bet next he'll blame the tornadoes,the floods and everything else on this man!! GIVE it a break PLEASE! DAMN!!!! Where were all of these hate mongers when the BUSH'S(daddy and son)put us in this MESS!!

    April 26, 2011 at 12:18 pm |
  22. ruben rodriguez

    Trump is a joke! First, he backs Obama and even donates 50,000 to Rahm to run for Mayor of Chicago. Now, he questions Obama birth place! What is Obama doing to the gas prices? Its not him, its all the fighting occurring overseas along with speculators on wall street driving up the prices of gas. Do you really want a bankrupt billionaire running this country? Why hasn't anyone question McCain citizenship? He was born overseas. Oh, that is right, cause he is white!

    April 26, 2011 at 12:06 pm |
  23. Cheryl

    Anderson,
    I have always enjoyed watching your shows but the interview with Donald Trump was very disturbing to watch. The Donald kept cutting you off and would not allow you to ask a follow up question. It was obvious he had the upper hand during your interview. Trump is nothing more than a attention seeker who makes statements without any REAL facts. President Obama is an American Citizen, his mother and grandparents are American citizens and he was born in Hawaii making him an American. Trump should get off his soap box and start talking about real solutions for Americas' problems.

    April 26, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
  24. dan

    Stop covering this clown. He's just enjoying the free publicity you are giving him.

    April 26, 2011 at 11:51 am |
  25. James Chilson

    A few years back, the Arkansas Democrat Gazzette did a feature story on the Obama family. The mother of Barrack Obama was born here in Arkansas, her family burial plot is located at Liberty Cemetary and includes relatives from the village of Dinsmore,Dry Fork and Kingston. They are related to the Bunch and Allred families here. There are many tombstones bearing this out. Even the die hard hillbillies here were bragging about being related to the president after this article. Barracks mother later moved to Kansas at age 8...she is an American citizen and therefore that makes him an American Citizen.
    I mowed this cemetary for many years and know what I am talking about. Donald trump is simply making loud noises in his efforts to become the front runner in his party for election or to show REAL politicians in the party how to become more fixed in the minds of the voters prior to an election. Right now there is no standout candidate except Obama.

    April 26, 2011 at 11:43 am |
  26. maggie

    Trump is an opportunistic fool. Let's assume for a moment that Trump is even mildly correct. Does he really think that most of America is interested in this from a presidential candidate? Obama isn't going anywhere. The same people who think as he does didn't vote for him the first time and likely won't the next time - soooo, what's his point? Does Trump truly believe that his personal and business life can survive the scrutiny it will go through if and when he declares?

    April 26, 2011 at 11:18 am |
  27. Howie in Brissie

    So now everybody else is lying eh, Donald? What evidence do you have that the president was not born in Hawaii? After the comment about him somehow controlling fuel prices, you seem to be living in some fantasy land yourself. Get help, will ya!

    April 26, 2011 at 11:12 am |
  28. Bob

    Mr. Trump is advertising his, and inviting from other Republicans, bigotry to create the conditions under which distractions can be created for the President during the upcoming election cycle. Notice how Mr. Trump uses hedge words such as "people have told me" etc., etc. so that when this ill conceived attempt backfires he can claim to have "received bad information." Mr. Trump would like to be President? Really? We are supposed to trust him with the nation's security (incl. the nuclear trigger), economy and social well-being? As an Independent voter, I say never.

    April 26, 2011 at 11:08 am |
  29. Howard

    Celebrity airheads, like Robert De Niro, say Obama doubters should get the facts, before they ask to see the birth certificate ... but, the facts are in the birth certificate, which Obama refuses to produce !!!

    At first, the Obama supporters claimed he did in fact have a legal birth certificate.
    Then, when challenged, they responded with insults, in an effort to silence further inquiries.

    Now, as doubts continue to be raised, Obama factions are trying to push the argument that it shouldn't matter where a U.S. president was born.

    Obama and his minions of brain washed disciples, have NO credibility, and will stoop to any level of
    thuggery to protect and maintain Obama's undeserved position and power.

    Kudos to people like Trump and Graham, for not backing down. The American people should have been
    provided with an actual birth certificate over two years ago.

    April 26, 2011 at 11:04 am |
  30. Greg - Cape Town, South Africa

    Dear Anderson,
    Mr Trump has revealed his true self to be... a cowardly bigoted opportunist! He is a coward because he is making unsubstantiated claims against the most principled president the USA has had in a long time. And on principle I believe President Obama should not even entertain this issue. For Mr Trump to claim that he does not wish to name his sources and investigators because the "time is not right" confirms that there are no investigators or that they have not found any issues.It is clear to me here in South Africa that he is opportunistically using this whole issue for his personal agenda but then we should not be surprised, should we? After all Mr Trump can only dream of having the respect and integrity that Mr Obama commands. Why don't you name your investigators Mr Trump??

    April 26, 2011 at 10:48 am |
  31. Cbouvier

    Donald Trump is dangerous. He is single handedly making the Republican Party irrelevant. He is deliberately threatening our party system of governance. Wow – amazing, the tea baggers are swallowing his conspiracy rants about "missing" birth certificates to somehow justify their ignorant bigotry. America will be “fundamentally” changed – God bless you – God bless the United States of America.

    April 26, 2011 at 10:14 am |
  32. Payton

    Why do you keep giving Trump so much face time on CNN? It shouldn't even be legal for someone to continually work to divide our nation over what is so obviously racially motivated. I don't know if Trump is a racist or not.... but he is playing this card to all of those that are. Tom, you said it perfectly in your letter to Obama, Trump is pandering to the people in our country who still can't believe or get over the fact that Obama was elected president.

    April 26, 2011 at 10:08 am |
  33. Mike

    Q: Why is Donald Trump raising such a fuss about Obama's place of birth?

    A: He has NO relevant ideas to expound on any issues that matter.

    April 26, 2011 at 10:07 am |
  34. Lola

    Somebody, please, make him go away!!!!! What an enormous waste of time and energy.

    April 26, 2011 at 8:52 am |
  35. Brenda

    Trump, your continued outrageous attempt to discredit the President is boring. You claim to have ideas about gas prices, the Middle East, energy, etc. well start talking about what Americans truly care about. Your arrogance is the reason you will not go further in this campaign. Mr. Birther-Give it up, the President was born in America, yes, Hawaii is America!

    April 26, 2011 at 8:42 am |
  36. barbara

    y should president of the united states be allowed to be bullied ...the thought that a "conspiracy" about the presidents birth started that many years ago, lets be real ...find something worth wild to talk about mr trump

    April 26, 2011 at 7:55 am |
  37. Garth Rosenberg

    Don't you think there is misplaced emphasis on disingenuous accusations about birth records when there are much more important issues facing our nation and the world? Giving prime airtime to Trump gives credibility to his arguments and keeps the issue front and center. Please redirect your news show to issues that have a serious impact on the direction of our country and world.

    April 26, 2011 at 7:17 am |
  38. J.V.Hodgson

    Hi Anderson,
    He claims the birth certificate is missing. You say please for me and viewers please prove it not just say it.
    You tried I know in the Interview ( so called) sorry to say "so called" but what you got was the classic HUGE EGO talking "at you" but not "to you".
    Tomorrow when you continue the " interview" ask him politely to stop talking "at you" but "to you " and your audience, and not just to shout you down even when asking a question.
    Todays Interview was almost unintelligble to any listener.
    AC please just say to Trump if you can prove the Birth certificate is missing ( gone. non existent, or whatever) give me the evidence and proof, because ours is a "Republican official "says its there and exists" so whats your counter proof/evidence.
    Actually CNN/AC you made the point and as Toomey said being logical dont work with Bigots who are either so Religiously or Racist wise against Obama.
    The birther issue is just a polite (UGH) facade for those two unacceptable views religious bigotry and racism!!
    If you propagate this subject beyond a couple more segments or even blogs I really do question the AC 360 political persuasion ( = clearly Republican leaning) or lacking in even any kind of remote Integrity as Lies are put out on your program ( from others maybe)... but thats still bad Journalism.
    I leave you/me and all Americans with the thoughts: does "natural born" include babies born thru artificial insemination, or surrogate mothers... for sure the founding fathers never envisaged that in thier definition, and McCain under some states (in process) or vetoed legislative defintions was not eligible to be a presidential candidate either.
    This subject has become the epitomy of the nonsense, Ideological divide in America, and listening to it makes me ashamed to be American.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    April 26, 2011 at 4:26 am |
  39. jean

    I like a mystery but I don't think there should be one about the citizenship of our president. Has our president ever
    given a reason for not working with those in authority to prove his citizenship? It does cause questions as to why
    our president does not show proof if he has it. What did he use to get a passport and where was he living when he
    got his first one?Has Mr.Obama given proof that his parents are who he claims? So many questions when his back-
    ground makes the answers more important. Where does his loyality stand? We may find that answer too late.
    An American citizen with concerns for my one and only Country.

    April 26, 2011 at 3:56 am |
  40. Kristi VP

    Trump actually sounds like an idiot on this issue and didn't check his facts. I live in Hawaii, my children were born in Hawaii (one in the same hospital as Obama). Hawaii issues a Certification of Live Birth (which is what Obama has), this is used to acquire your social security card and enroll in schools – kids even need this Ceritification for organized sports. Any thought that Trump could be a leader evaporated after hearing this interview – this is a manufactured petty issue, a complete waste of time, and Trump sounds like a bully.

    April 26, 2011 at 3:12 am |
  41. Tehas

    Anderson, you are spending a lot of time on this. Are you being paid by The White House ? The President should have been vetted. Sorry, but it is ridiclous that he will not produce his long form birth certificate.

    April 26, 2011 at 3:05 am |
  42. cindy souza

    I was going to vote for Trump, but now I will not because when it comes to Obama' birth certificate, Trump is just grasping at straws. Their are so many important issues in the country, that all Trump can due is talk about Obama birth certificate, how petty can Trump be! Lets hear about the real issues Trump.

    April 26, 2011 at 2:29 am |
  43. Jo Askew

    Ok he was born in USA, but he did not want it published because it states Muslim. Yet he claims to be Christian. Why hide that fact or not want it that disclosed?

    April 26, 2011 at 2:28 am |
  44. Ms.Wallace

    Whereever he is from he will still be my President. I love you OBAMMMAAA

    April 26, 2011 at 2:26 am |
  45. Betty Zenger

    Really like your show, I have a suggestion. why not send Mr. Trump and his fellow tea party members to Mistrata to talk to Graffifa about stepping down or buy him out. I would send Trump and party to outer space but figure he wpuld just pollute the world.
    I haven't heard antyhing about gov. imposing tariff on import goods from other countrys or charging the companies who send their products to other countries for cheap labor to equal our workers pay. BP should be fined a dollar amount and made to pay it with interest until they get it cleaned up and people reimbursed for there damages which they haven't done.

    also about budget I haven.t

    April 26, 2011 at 2:25 am |
  46. Roger

    Can anybody begin to believe that some entity has been working since the day Obama was born to get him elected illegally and put forth this elaborate hoax on the American people! What, pray tell, could they possibly hope to gain in perpetrating a hoax of this magnitude?

    April 26, 2011 at 2:21 am |
  47. Rick

    I don't think the correct questions are being asked. To be president, a person must be a "natural born citizen," that should be the question. Are you a "natural born citizen?" Am I? During the 2008 presidential race, questions about John McCain's status came up as well, since he was born in the Panama Canal Zone. The Senate ended up declaring his "natural born" status by virtue of being born on a U.S. military base, the Panama Canal was sovereign to the United States, and both his parents were U.S. citizens. Was the "natural born" status ever determined for Barack Obama? If any person were to run for president, who or what entity verifies the person is eligible?

    April 26, 2011 at 2:09 am |
  48. LVincenty

    Real estate mogul Donald Trump's put your money where mouth is and start helping, since you have so much money. Putting people down always back fires.
    If Donald Trump thinks this will help to run for President job the jokes on him, how dare him mock our President, when we have another issues much more important like our Deficits, Employment, Housing, Health Benefits, National Homeland Security, Police Officers and Fire Department have been cut down so much that our Country Protection is in damager, and so much more are being cut due to the deficits that our States is in.

    April 26, 2011 at 2:02 am |
  49. John D Willie

    Obama's citizenship mystery solved: If his birth certificate is missing, where is his entry from Kenya into the USA? Where are his visa that was process thru immigration? You have to be magician to come in under a foreign visa, go to a hospital in Hawaii and change your citizenship. Does Donald Trump or any of these people know the degree of difficulties involve to accomplish this task. Trump, try bringing a child from a foreign country into the US and then change his or her citizebship to born in the USA-lol. Only foreigners understand that this is all a lie.

    April 26, 2011 at 1:53 am |
  50. Chuck

    Anderson, it is obvious Trump is oblivious to facts. He knows that at least 25% of Americans will believe him because of his celebrity. So, whatever he says will stick in their minds, be it false or not. This erodes Obama's support in the end, so Trump ends up achieving his objective, even if he has to lie to do it. I would expect this from Trump, but it is a sad commentary on the electorate.

    PS: Since Trump won't like hearing this, have him send his people to Missouri. Bet they can't find me either.

    April 26, 2011 at 1:51 am |
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