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Is Trump Birthing Around?
Trump Sends Investigators to Hawaii, Gains in GOP Presidential Primary Poll - FoxNews.com
WASHINGTON -- Real estate tycoon Donald Trump said Thursday he has doubts about whether President Obama was born in the United States and has sent investigators to Hawaii looking for answers.
The "Celebrity Apprentice" star has shot up in the polls as a potential GOP nominee, in part because of his questions about whether Obama is constitutionally allowed to be president if he doesn't prove he is a natural-born citizen of the United States.
"I have people that actually have been studying it and they cannot believe what they're finding," Trump told NBC's "Today" show on Thursday.
Officials in Hawaii have certified Obama's citizenship, but a segment of society -- labeled "birthers" in the vernacular -- have demanded additional proof. Trump said when he started seriously considering a presidential bid a few weeks back, he thought the president was native-born, but now he's not so sure.
"His grandmother in Kenya said he was born in Kenya, and she was there and witnessed the birth. He doesn't have a birth certificate or he hasn't shown it. He has what's called a certificate of live birth. That is something that's easy to get," Trump said, arguing that Obama has spent $2 million in legal fees "to get away from this issue."
Calling it potentially one of the biggest scams in the history of politics, Trump said he'd like Obama to show his birth certificate.
"And to be honest with you, I hope he can," he told "Today."
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