April 25th, 2011
11:59 PM ET

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. John Prince

    We can't take others word who may be politically aligned to say the right things to support the President under pressure. If Obama can't prove he was born in the US with a birth certificate then should he be impeached before the election? If it is proved that Obama was born in Africa then he is guilty of Fraud. Would he go to jail along with the others who lied to keep him in office ?

    April 26, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  2. Brian

    Trump is like the rest of the GOP candidates... Embarrassing.

    April 26, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
  3. R. White

    The issue of birthplace is a red herring. The real question is why has Obama spent over a million dollars in legal fees to keep the COLB from public viewing? The "most transparent" president has shown himself to be anything but. Not only has he locked away the COLB but his school records as well. How dare you supposed journalists question well- intentioned citizens concerns when they look at his actions and determine that valid questions exist. If you would do your job rather than label people "birthers" this would not be a big issue an you would still have the credibility your predecessors enjoyed.

    April 26, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
  4. Kathy

    Trump needs to drop this "bone" he has with Obama's birth certificate. I'm sure that was checked and verified before he was allowed to run for President. I would never vote Trump for President. He's not all up there. We need levelheaded people to run this country. Congress seems to have lost it by playing the blame game and being sore losers by trying to get Obama out of office. They should be rolling up their sleeves and working together with Obama to get this country out of this spiral downfall of the economy. They are not watching their backs leaving this country vulnerable to enemy attacks. Bush made this mess. Obama's trying to get us out of it. Yet, the republicans won't give up in trying to get Obama out of office. They did the same thing with President Clinton. They are really sore losers. Get over it already and WORK TOGETHER! This country needs mature people working together not little boys fighting over something that's not important! Come on!

    April 26, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
  5. Rachel

    Interesting!! The Non-white are questioned about their birth place! How many presidents in the past that were questioned on birth place after 2 years in their term?
    Trump! You need to run for presidency on your own credentials and accomplishments!

    April 26, 2011 at 9:48 pm |
  6. David

    If Barry had a birth certificate he would parade it around !! The "news Media" is just as guilty as he is.

    April 26, 2011 at 9:48 pm |
  7. rock

    This is a crying shame the media is letting get away with this crap unless you want it to continue. Every nation thinks you're a bunch racist cra'kers.

    April 26, 2011 at 9:47 pm |
  8. apper

    You go for it trump. All these talk radio conservatives have their heads in the sand. They need to start thinking outside the box.

    April 26, 2011 at 9:44 pm |
  9. Bob

    Yet....where is the scientific proof from examining the ACTUAL birth document? We hear from politicians and bureaucrats,who are not forensic scientists, claim that the "birth certificate exists." How many times have we heard from museum directors and art critics who've claim art work hanging in their galleries are authentic? Once and for all, let some third party scientist examine and test the document so we can get on with our lives!! All it does is cloud the important issues facing us....or conveniently distracts us about the gas pump prices.

    April 26, 2011 at 9:40 pm |
  10. carl barness

    I think that that are presdent lied he doesnt have a brithcirtifiac inpeach him asap

    April 26, 2011 at 9:28 pm |
  11. Elizabeth

    The only thing 'missing' here is regard for the facts and the teensiest shred of integrity. Oh, wait... I forgot we're talking about Trump. Never mind... my bad.

    April 26, 2011 at 9:26 pm |
  12. L.Caldwell

    Personally, I'm far more interested in whether our President has ever renounced his U.S. citizenship, and how many times....as well as his dual citizenship.

    April 26, 2011 at 9:21 pm |
  13. craig in new jersey usa

    obama is a complete disaster. wouldn't be a surprise if he was a manchurian candidate...

    April 26, 2011 at 9:17 pm |
  14. Dan Smith

    Obama has in the past mentioned two different hospitals in Hawaii as his birth hospital. Let's see if he can settle on one.

    April 26, 2011 at 9:05 pm |
  15. Dan Smith

    How about producing the birth certificate that Hawaii used back when Obama was born, that listed which hospital, which doctor? That would satisfy me.

    April 26, 2011 at 9:04 pm |
  16. Linda Shell

    Mr. Trump lost out with his initial priority being "the birther issue". This was validated long ago.....or does he think his megamillions can change official documents. Give us a break and stick to reality tv Trump.

    April 26, 2011 at 9:03 pm |
  17. Tammy

    Some people with money think people will follow l..even when they are full of themselves!

    April 26, 2011 at 9:03 pm |
  18. Kaycee

    Find something else to ponder....like maybe not going bankrupt again??

    April 26, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
  19. Stephen

    The only reason this story hasn't gone away is Obama's decision not to release the original birth certificate. It is apparently the case that in Hawaii 50 years ago, many children were born at home in the boondocks, and a "certification of live birth" would be issued, sometimes well after the fact, to anyone who came in and reported the birth of a baby, without anyone official necessarily seeing the baby. It's just weird that Obama hasn't ever just released the thing so people would stop talking about it, once and for all. So as Trump says, there must be something on that long form birth certificate that Obama doesn't want us to see.

    Buy the way, it's a peculiar choice of words to refer to Donald Trump as a reality TV star. His fame comes from being a billionaire real estate developer. He happens to amuse himself by having a popular TV show.

    April 26, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
  20. Harley DeRuyter

    Its seems a lot of people I talk to say leave him alone but then also it would be nice to know the truth about this situation I mean some things could and should be done different fuel prices are crazy right now when will we get a break for those who don't have much money its getting really hard to make ends meet.

    April 26, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
  21. jessica

    The fact that we are still talking about this and doing investigations is truly sad. The world is looking at laughing at us. I can't get through airport security with face wash, you really think they will let him be president without being an american?

    April 26, 2011 at 8:39 pm |
  22. DaninDC

    The best thing the democrats have going for them is more of this radicalized propaganda. It underscores how bizarre and misplaced the focus of the republican party is. The leadership should just put this issue to rest and focus on the economy in partnership with the dems. Enough of this couched racism.

    April 26, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
  23. Dee

    I'm still confused over the difference between a birth certificate and a certificate of live birth.

    April 26, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
  24. Marie

    Thanks so much, Anderson, for making Donald Trump's arguments look ridiculous. You are an outstanding journalist. Trump has been wasting everyone's time for far too long with all that rubbish. In my books, he has done nothing, but make a fool of himself. I'm so grateful to CNN for sending their own investigators to Hawaii. Great sleuthing CNN!

    April 26, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
  25. Dee

    Regarding CNN Gary Tuchman's article on the Obama "certificate of live birth", I applied for a passport some years ago and was told by our own state department that my "certificate of live birth" did NOT constitute sufficient evidence of MY birth in the U.S. to receive a passport. I had to write to the state of my birth to receive the original long-form birth certificate and send it to them (the item so-called birthers would like to see). Now, if my "certificate of live birth" did not provide sufficient evidence of my birth in this country to simply receive a passport, why has Mr. Obama's been heralded by CNN as "proof" enough to ascend to the presidency of the United States???

    April 26, 2011 at 8:20 pm |
  26. martin

    donald trump should stop with this ridiculous nonsense and maybe someone should investigate how he came to be and by what means

    April 26, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
  27. scott chapman

    Trump continues to play the role of a buffoon! If he were actually a viable contender he move off the race based phony controversy and offer some concrete ideas to solve the nation's woes.

    April 26, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
  28. Carolyn

    This is sad.I have never known another president to be under this much scrutiny about his birthplace.If there was any question about Obama birth origin, it should have been addressed at the beginning of his campain.

    April 26, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
  29. Don

    Let the issue go Mr. Trump! What are you going do if he proves that he was born in Hawaii? Will you get on CNN and say, "I was wrong" and then find another way to attack a man who has the courage to step up and run for our Nation's highest office or will you stay on TV and make "B" stars look like fools? Do tell us Mr. Trump, what about your tax returns?

    April 26, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
  30. yvone

    What is so difficult for OBama to show his birth certificate.

    April 26, 2011 at 7:57 pm |
  31. Phil Carlson

    Donald Trump has shown a serious lack of leadership by the subjects he has chosen to promote. In my view the purpose of government is to handle problems that distract citizens from production so they are free to contribute to society. Through his past business success, Mr. Trump is in position to provide leadership in solving these problems. But not only is he failing to address any of the plethora of problems faced by society today, he is promoting destructive topics that are irrelevant to these problems. This represents a serious lack of judgment and a complete failure to evaluate importances. Lets get on with solving the country's problems and stop focusing on side-shows.

    April 26, 2011 at 7:56 pm |
  32. Jasmine

    He makes himself look stupid. How many times is this case going to be made. He' already been in office for 2 years.

    Um, do I need to mention OPEC?

    April 26, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
  33. dan

    Sorry have to be fair both the Republicans in Congress and the Democrats suck! They have done nothing for America lately... Both have ignored creating jobs, and have gotten sidetracked on issues that have no part in our gov't.or on fixing our national debt. A crisis is not too far off.

    April 26, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
  34. shane

    There is a birth certificate and I bet you it list his religion as Muslim. That is why they don't want it public

    April 26, 2011 at 7:34 pm |
  35. dan

    Wish Trump and others would get off of this birther issue and have something meaningful to say. Like how Obama sucks as a leader and in what ways he is running this nation into the ground.

    April 26, 2011 at 7:32 pm |
  36. Crystal Matts

    Do you really think they would have sworn him in without him meeting all the proper requirements? Stop wasting your energy on foolishness!

    April 26, 2011 at 7:32 pm |
  37. Rob Michaels

    Is this what is to be expected from Trump who is eager to take over the worlds oil supply and plunge us into a war with the rest of the world. Where is the donald's birth certifcate? He is the new Palin with the worst excuse for hair on his peanut head. He has cost the US enough as a private citizen with his need to get bailed out with hard working Americans money. He needs to contain himself in his board room with his no neck cry baby self. We will all pay dearly for his childish leadership if Americans were to be dumb enough to elect this clown. He needs to take his ball and go home.

    April 26, 2011 at 7:28 pm |
  38. Enitan

    We should let Trump know that the office of the president of the united states is not for sale and should be held by people with high integrity and moral standards... the qualities that he lacks!

    April 26, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
  39. Traci C.

    This is so obsurd. it is never reported the good he does with his money. there so many hungry and homeless people in america. Buy a damn house or some for some and stop with all the silliness. SERIOUSLY!

    April 26, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
  40. Obamasan

    Why don't they take a picture of it. Then put it on they Internet, just to show it does exist.

    April 26, 2011 at 7:12 pm |
  41. martin courtney

    If President Obama does not have a birthcertificate that not necess arily mean that he was not born in the USA. But he could have been born anywhere? And our constitution demands that all of our President be inborn natives of America. if we have an alien in the office of President of the United States, he should be removed at once.

    April 26, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
  42. Tyson

    Obama will go down in history as the worlds greatest con artist.

    April 26, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
  43. rich

    Go trump . Pick a serious fight . Let is know your,serious and leave the birther issue alone . Stupid gas prices

    April 26, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
  44. dave s.

    Isn't oil controlled by "free market" forces. He is blaming one man for high gas prices.. Like he blamed one man for unemployment and then campaigned saying..govt cannot create jobs.. And the govt that gives jobs directly is big govt/socialist/communist. If people with "choices" cannot control tHe price of gas in a free market, how will they control the price of healthcare.. Politics is my favorite show on tv !!

    April 26, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
  45. AleydaC.


    April 26, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
  46. Tom Baker

    Nobody has yet explained, why the original 1961 Birth Certificate has not been released. Why wouldn't the White House just allow Hawaii to release it?

    April 26, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  47. daniel kiser

    Get his lying butt Trump, Obama is a fraud all americans know it, thats why 52% of people who voted for him took the bumper-stickers off thier cars, n wont admit to voting for him, he put us in the worst resesion in our once great nations history, why would we want that for our children or even grand-children, thier the ones that are gonna have to pay off our debt, ohh wow 124,000 new jobs, shoot thats baltimore city alone, who is that really gonna help out, lets be serious America come on, i know your not all dumb.

    April 26, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
  48. Asif

    Why now this damn certificate making a big buzz?
    If someone was really keen why did he put this up 3 years ago, dont u think we should focus on much important issues.
    People can do anything for political gain, Trump you are fired.

    April 26, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
  49. Gary Griffith

    While trying to re-enter US territory from the British Virgin Islands, I was delayed for some time by US Customs because the "Certificate of Live Birth" that I had, was not considered adequate. They require an authentic "Birth Certificate".

    April 26, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  50. CedricX

    But seriously. What's the big deal?

    Maybe he lost the birth certificate. Maybe he misplaced it. Maybe his father burned it in protest because he hated America so much. Whatever the case, what's the big deal?

    He's got a document that passes for ID purposes to get a Passport or DL. That's good enough. After all, the guy's friggin mother was American. So wherever he was born, I think most people would agree an American mother makes him American.

    I don't support Obama. But seriously, what's the big deal?

    April 26, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
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