Donald Trump goes on birther rant to CNN's Wolf Blitzer


Donald Trump attends the "Men In Black 3" New York Premiere at Ziegfeld Theatre on May 23, 2012 in New York City. The billionaire has reignited rumors about Obama not being a natural-born American citizen.


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Donald Trump aimed to push the birther argument — that President Obama was not originally born in the United States — to the forefront of the election discussion, sparring with CNN's Wolf Blitzer over the issue on Tuesday.

 Talking Points Memo published a rush transcript of the interview

BLITZER: Donald, you’re beginning to sound a little ridiculous, I have to tell you.

TRUMP: You are, Wolf. Let me tell you something, I think you sound ridiculous, and if you’d ask me a question and let me answer it.

BLITZER: Here’s the question, did the conspiracy start in 1961 where the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and the Advertiser contemporaneously published announcements that he was born in Hawaii?

TRUMP: Many people put those announcements in because they wanted to get the benefit because of getting so-called born in this country. Many people did it. It was something done by many people even though they weren’t born in the country. You know and I know it.

Trump also appeared on CNBC via telephone Tuesday morning, where he argued that Obama has not adequately explained his birth origins, despite the President's release of a copy of his birth certificate over a year ago, CNBC reported. 

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"Nothing has changed my mind," Trump said.

Trump's skepticism reportedly stems from a recently discovered promotional booklet from Obama's former literary agency that mistakenly reported the president was born in Kenya, reigniting rumors that the President is not a natural-born American citizen.

The biography's author immediately came forward to explain that it was a simple fact-checking error, according to CNBC.

"Look, a publisher come out last week and had a statement about Obama given to them by Obama when he was doing a book as a young man, a number of years ago, in the 90s," Trump said on CNBC. "Now amazingly, the publisher is 'oh we made a mistake.'"

Trump's comments over Obama's birthplace came just hours before he was scheduled to attend an event with presumptive GOP candidate Mitt Romney in Las Vegas, the Atlantic reported Tuesday.

Though Romney — who is campaigning with the billionaire — distanced himself from Trump's remarks, he did not outright condemn them, the Associated Press reported

"You know, I don't agree with all the people who support me and my guess is they don't all agree with everything I believe in," Romney told reporters on Monday. "But I need to get 50.1 percent or more and I'm appreciative to have the help of a lot of good people." 

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