Real estate mogul Donald Trump says now that President Barack Obama has released his birth certificate he is ready to move on to other issues. The possible presidential candidate also told CNN’s John King Wednesday Obama “is incompetent, and people want to see a change.”
“I heard everyone wanted to see it — and I was the only one that got him to do it,” Trump said. “Every time I sit down with the press all they want to talk about is the birth certificate — and I got him to do something that nobody else could get him to do — and I take great credit for that.
“He didn’t do it for Hillary Clinton — he didn't do it for John McCain — he did it for me,” he said. “The fact is I get things done —And I don’t understand why he didn’t do it a lot sooner, John, but he didn’t — and it’s a shame.
“I’ve been given great credit for having him do something that he should have done — and should have done a long time ago,” Trump continued. “But what I like about it, it allows me to get on to subjects like China ripping us off, because — they are just absolutely brutalizing and abusing this country.
“Like OPEC — what they’re doing to the price of oil, and nobody talks to them — nobody calls them,” he added. “Saudi Arabia, three days ago, just, as you know, they really cut back on their oil production, meaning, let’s raise the price some more. And people are going to be paying six, seven, and eight dollars for their gasoline.”
Trump — who was in New Hampshire Wednesday, the state that traditionally holds the first presidential primary — also said despite speculation to the contrary, if he decides to enter the presidential race, a decision he plans to make by June, he will run as a Republican.
“I’m doing great in the polls — you know why? Because people in New Hampshire as well as people in the country don’t want to be ripped off by a nation that does business with us,” Trump said, sounding evermore the presidential candidate. “Our leader is incompetent, and people want to see a change — and that’s why I’m doing it.”
In a separate interview with King, Jack Kimball, chairman of the New Hampshire state Republican Party, said he believes Trump’s visit to the state indicates he is serious about running.
“Just his appearance here today I think is [a sign],” Kimball said. “I think he wouldn’t have bothered to come here if he wasn’t taking the next most serious step toward that decision.”
Trump told King he now can call back the investigators he had sent to Hawaii to find Obama’s birth certificate.
“I had people looking into it — now I don’t have to have the people — I can call them back,” he said. “I hope — I mean — I haven’t seen [Obama’s birth certificate] — and I'm sure that a lot of experts will analyze it.
“I can say this, John — let me just tell you — I don’t make up anything,” Trump said. “Let me tell you something — I have done a great service to the American people. I got him to release a birth certificate that he should have done three years ago, and four years ago, and he didn’t.
“And if you remember, he said: Oh, no, no, there’s no such thing as a birth certificate, it doesn’t matter — they don’t have it — there is no such thing,” he said. “He was saying the live — the certificate of live birth — was the only thing that mattered. Hawaii doesn’t have that — all of a sudden, Hawaii has it?
"Sort of strange.”
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