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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."

Watch video of the interview below:

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GEORGE

Another ploy by the republicans. Just how low will they go to take control of the lower and middle class and break the unions. That surly would benefit Trump.

March 23 2011 at 11:07 AM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
spider

Trump becomes president, this country really will be a joke.

March 23 2011 at 5:39 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
afterten144

The donald another way to file for chapter 11 ... it aint happenin

March 23 2011 at 5:29 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Elizabeth

I don't remember people from my kindergarten and I douht the remember me, besides do I want some rich I got the hair guy, the oh I can shoot a moose and see Russia from my house women running thing let me think about this......any other choices out there????? cause I will take what I have if not

March 23 2011 at 3:49 AM Report abuse -8 rate up rate down Reply
pmbalele

Trump is too ugly and fat to be president. Trump may die of heart attack campaigning. Campaigning is tough job. You have to be mentally and physically fit. I see Trump too fat. Please Trump, get out before you suffer heart attack like Cheney.

March 23 2011 at 2:35 AM Report abuse -11 rate up rate down Reply
vtutor

As an east coast guy who is now a resident of hawaii, who presently resides in the same neighborhood that Obama went to school in.......save your breath........save your energy........save your money.......Obama was flat out born in Hawaii.......his name was published in the two local newspapers here just a few days after the birth, there are people here who were present in the delivery room remembering the birth of a minority child......the culture here just does not get revved up over such issues.......they let hyped up mainlanders create their speculation based on ZERO evidence and enjoy the show watching them trying to disprove something that actually happened..........enjoy the tirades but please somebody explain the honolulu bulletin and honolulu advertiser publishing the birth announcement.......did the conspiracy start when he was 2 weeks old?...........

March 21 2011 at 9:18 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
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spider

They can't explain the birth announcement, they never do. They conveniently seem to ignore that.

March 23 2011 at 5:35 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Joe

To all you people that point to the supreme court in Obama's defense...The supreme court are also the ones the upheld bush coup in 2000...remember??

March 21 2011 at 4:38 PM Report abuse -11 rate up rate down Reply
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puzzleguy1

Tell us, Joe, what about the other 71 birther pleadings to lower courts that were all tossed? You also ought to remember that the composition of the High Court that selected GW Bush was different from the one that exists now.

March 21 2011 at 7:54 PM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply
Kiki

I have doubt of his birth mother..........adopted maybe.

March 21 2011 at 1:23 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
Dan Crocker

Trump is not the only one that wonders about Obama's citizenship. He just happens to have the money and clout to be heard saying it. The rest of us peons are just mumbling in the background.

March 21 2011 at 12:04 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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puzzleguy1

No, Dan, you're not "mumbling in the background". You birthers have gone to court 74 times trying to get Obama UNseated, and you have lost every single one of those pleadings, and that includes THREE before the US Supreme Court. You'll no doubt have a dark conspiracy to account for this history, one that includes how all those conservative jurists (Scalia, Thomas, Alito and Roberts) turned on you and your ilk.

March 21 2011 at 1:10 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Lisa

Civilogue: "Personal attacks (on writers, other readers, Nancy Pelosi, George W. Bush, or anyone at all) and comments that are not productive additions to the conversation will not be published, period,"

Unless ...they are slams on Donald Trump or conservatives?

Trump hasn't expressed what the issue of concern actually is. The concern with the birth certificate has to do with that the document shown to all was a document that Hawaiian parents who had their children off the Island were allowed. The document people are wanting to see would be the one that would show where in fact he was actually born. The desired document could be shown to all with President Obama's permission, but he hasn't given that permission.

Secondly, Parents frequently run announcements in papers where they have roots and family - ESPECIALLY if they are not currently living in that area. It's an announcement to friends that the birth has happened - that's all it is.
Further, documents related to Obama's educational records all the way through college haven't been obtainable. Those documents, from schools he did go to on US soil, would give additional history - which is why people have wanted to see them. Again, with the president's permission, they would be available.

"Doubts" come with unanswered questions. All doubts could be addressed if he were to simply release the documents and show everyone how silly the extreme 'right' has been.

March 20 2011 at 7:40 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
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Dan Crocker

If all that you say is true, then why has Obama's legal team spent tens of thousands of dollars. That's right TENS OF THOUSANDS of dollars to prevent access to his personal files????? No other President in history has done that. Why does Obama feel the need to? What is he hiding? I have a clue and so does Trump.

March 21 2011 at 12:09 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
puzzleguy1

You have obviously bought into the birther fable that parents can have a child outside the US, then bring the tot to this country and get a BC. Officials in the Dept of Health in Hawaii have vehemently denied that this is possible. The COLB that our president has posted on the Internet over three years ago is more than sufficient to prove his citizenship and eligibility. That's why you folks have gone to court 74 times trying to get him UNseated and have lost every single time, including three in front of the US Supreme Court. Surely you and Dan Crocker have a dark conspiracy that accounts for this history of failure.

March 21 2011 at 1:17 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply

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