Donald Trump Takes Credit for Obama Birth Certificate Release; Questions Authenticity
After the president releases the document, Trump says, "We have to see if it's real, if it's proper."
Even though President Barack Obama has released his birth certificate, Donald Trump is still questioning it.
"[We're] going to look at it. We have to see if it's real, if it's proper," Trump said a press conference in New Hampshire Wednesday. The Republican presidential hopeful added that he's "sure it's the right deal" and that he is going to move on from birther questions to more important issues like OPEC and China.
Trump also took full credit Obama releasing the document.
"I feel I've accomplished something really really important and I'm honored by it," he said, adding that despite the calls for Obama to release his birth certificate, he was the only one who prompted action. He thinks this will boost his chances at being elected president.
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.
Obama first released his certificate of live birth in 2008, but birthers wanted proof of a long-form birth certificate.