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Donald Trump wants to verify Obama's birth certificate

March 29, 2011 - New York

Tycoon Donald Trump who is thinking of making a run for the White House on a Republican ticket in 2012, has demanded a copy of President Barack Obama's birth certificate after his own birth certificate was declared a fake by New York's Department of Health.

Trump on Monday provided a copy of his birth certificate to the conservative website Newsmax - which has played a leading role in trumpeting birther mythology.

And in an interview on Fox News, Trump cast himself as something akin to the rebel leader of the birther movement.

"Now, this guy either has a birth certificate or he doesn't," Trump said. "And I didn't think this was such a big deal, but I will tell you, it's turning out to be a very big deal because people now are calling me from all over saying, please don't give up on this issue."

Trump's insistence that he's being encouraged to continue on his birther crusade has led to what he says is the startling revelation that, "all of a sudden, a lot of facts are emerging and I'm starting to wonder myself whether or not [Obama] was born in this country."

Trump also called for Hawaii Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie to be investigated for stating that he - as a friend of the president's parents - remembers Obama's birth.

"I think this guy should be investigated," Trump said.


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