Rumored presidential hopeful Donald Trump refused to set aside questions about President Obama’s past following the White House’s release of Obama’s original birth certificate on Wednesday morning. Appearing in Portsmouth, N.H., Trump -- who has fanned the flames of the birther controversy in recent weeks as he dances around a possible run for president -- said he was “honored” and “very proud” to have played a role in the release.
But Trump indicated the birther issue is not over, implying that the White House’s very release of the birth certificate -- an action he has loudly called for -- raised suspicions about its veracity.
“Is it real? Is it proper? What’s on it?” he said of the certificate. “You’re going to have many people looking at it, and obviously they’re going to have to make a decision, because it is rather amazing that all of a sudden it materializes.”
Asked if he thinks it is possible the United States is being led by an illegitimate president, Trump said, “Well, I certainly hope it’s not possible.”
Trump also called Obama’s academic achievements into question.
“I’d like to know how does he get into Harvard, how does he get into Columbia, if he isn’t a good student? It’s an interesting thing,” Trump said, calling for Obama to release his records. “I’m just reporting what I read. I read stuff that you people write.”
In the sprawling press conference, Trump eventually reverted to talking points about China taking advantage of a complacent United States and the foolishness of the intervention in Libya.