Donald Trump, who says he's weighing a run for president next year, waded into the "birther" controversy this week, telling ABC's "Good Morning America" that he has "a little doubt" that Barack Obama was born in the United States.
The reason? Trump said he finds it strange that "nobody knew" Obama as a young child in Hawaii.
"Let me tell you . . . if I got the nomination, if I decide to run, you may go back and interview people from my kindergarten. They'll remember me. [With Obama,] nobody comes forward. Nobody knows who he is until later in his life. It's very strange."
Birther proponents claim Obama cannot constitutionally serve as president because he isn't a natural born citizen. In 2008, the Obama campaign produced a certification of live birth showing he was born in Honolulu, and Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie has said he was a friend of Obama's parents and remembers when the future president was born -- but none of that has placated birthers.
On other matters, the always outspoken Trump didn't hold back.
- On his intentions to run for president: "I have never been so serious as I am now." (After the interview, reporter Ashleigh Banfield said Trump told her that he would consider running as an independent if he didn't win the GOP nomination.)
- On his willingness to spend $600 million of his own money on a campaign: "Part of the beauty of me is that I'm very rich."
- On the turmoil in Libya: He called for a "surgical strike" to take out Moammar Gadhafi.
- On Somali pirates: "Give me an admiral and a couple ships. I would wipe them out of the sea so fast."
- On China: "While we spend billions of dollars a week on being policeman for the world, China is spending billions a day taking over the world economically. That's not a good formula for us."
- On Charlie Sheen: "I know Charlie Sheen . . . he's wonderful, but he's a disaster."
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