Donald Trump 'Honored' He Got Obama to Release Birth Certificate
He said he now wants to shift the conversation to other more important issues, such as oil prices.
Potential presidential candidate Donald Trump is taking credit for President Obama releasing his birth certificate.
"I am really honored, frankly, to have played such a big role in hopefully, hopefully, getting rid of this issue," he told reporters after landing in New Hampshire (an early primary state) Wednesday morning, according to ABC News.
Though he has yet to see the certificate, he said he now wants to shift the conversation to other more important issues, such as oil prices.
Conspiracy theories about the president's place of birth have swirled for years, but Trump recently reigned rumors in the press as he considers a presidential run.
His questioning of Obama's U.S. citizenship has angered everyone from Jerry Seinfeld to Robert DeNiro.
A spokesperson for Obama explained why he finally felt the need to release proof he was born in Hawaii. (Conservatives doubted he was an American citizen because of the time he spent in Indonesia as a child.)
"The President believed the distraction over his birth certificate wasn't good for the country. It may have been good politics and good T.V., but it was bad for the American people and distracting from the many challenges we face as a country," White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said in a statement.
Despite Obama's attempt to clarify the issue, Trump told reporters Obama's 2012 reelection efforts won't work: "He's going to lose."