Anyone who thought Donald Trump’s announcement today was going to actually be a smoking gun that supported his birther beliefs, well, you’re out of luck.
Instead, he issued a new challenge to Barack Obama: release your college records, applications, and passport records, and Trump will give a $5 million donation to a charity of Obama’s choice. “I have a deal for the president, a deal that I don’t believe he can refuse, and I hope he doesn’t,” Trump said.
The Donald set a deadline for accepting his offer of 5 p.m. at October 31.
In an interview with Piers Morgan set to air tonight, Trump claimed it wasn’t a publicity stunt and further challenged the president. “If there’s nothing wrong with his applications — if everything’s fine, why wouldn’t he do it to pick up $5 million for a charity?” Trump asked.
It’s not the first time Trump has pushed for Obama to release personal records. Most infamously, Trump has made repeated calls for Obama to release his birth certificate. The president, who had released a certificate of live birth in 2008 when he first ran for president, released his long-form birth certificate last year.
So why might Trump want to see those college records? Well, he has mentioned them before, and he believes that the documents also include the place of birth. So really, it’s just business as usual for Trump.
When asked about Trump’s offer, an adviser to Obama asked reporters to “direct those questions to Boston because Donald Trump is Mitt Romney’s biggest supporter so he owns everything he says.”
— Benjamin Nanamaker, InvestorPolitics Editor
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