Trump once offered $50 million for proof Obama born in U.S. Time to pay up?
First he offered $5 million, and then upped it to $50 million.
First, in 2012, Trump said he’d donate $5 million for that proof.
“If Barack Obama opens up and gives his college records and applications, and if he gives his passport applications and records, I will give, to a charity of his choice — inner city children in Chicago, American Cancer Society, AIDS research, anything he wants — a check, immediately, for $5 million,” Trump said in a video made in his Trump Tower office. “The check will be given within one hour after he released all of the records, so stated.”
The deadline of that original offer was Oct. 31, 2012. At the time, Obama had already released his “long-form” birth certificate, showing he had been born in Hawaii. But Trump wanted more.
Two years later, Trump described his 2012 offer in a speech at the National Press Club. Trump said that, at the last minute, he had actually upped it to a whopping $50 million.
“Now then, what wasn’t reported by the press is, sometime just prior to the expiration date of that offer, I raised the offer to $50 million. $50 million! For charity,’ Trump said in 2014. “Pick your charity, for $50 million, and let me see your records! And I never heard from him.”
On Friday, Trump said he’d been convinced of Obama’s birthplace at last.