donald trump's ‘bombshell' a $5m plea to obama

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    Donald Trump's ‘bombshell' a $5million plea to Barack Obama

    From: October 25, 2012 5:58AM


    TYCOON Donald Trump has made a bizarre proposal to US President Barack Obama - release his college records and passport information and Trump will donate $US5 million to a charity of the president's choice.

    After promising an election-shaking revelation about Mr Obama, rightwing property developer Donald Trump disappointed with nothing more than a warmed-up "birther" attack demanding the president release his college and passport files.

    A flamboyant real estate tycoon and reality TV host Trump whipped up media attention by promising a "very, very big" announcement to be made on his Twitter and Facebook accounts.

    Despite Trump's history of self-aggrandising publicity stunts, his new campaign triggered fevered speculation that he had dug up Obama divorce papers or another scandal less than two weeks before election day.

    A delighted Trump stirred the pot by telling his 1.6 million Twitter followers that "all predictions re: my 12 o'clock release are totally incorrect."

    On the hour, a short video announcement appeared on Trump's Facebook page, but The Donald, as he's popularly known, made no news whatsoever.

    The five-minute statement simply revisited the "birther" conspiracy theory, which claims that Mr Obama lied about being born in Hawaii, was born outside the US and is therefore occupying the White House illegally.

    Trump, a stalwart "birther," demanded the president release his college and passport records, saying that if this happened by October 31 he would donate $US5 million to a charity of Mr Obama's choice.

    "If he releases these records it will end the question and indeed the anger of many Americans," Trump said.

    The Obama campaign barely responded to Trump's offer, referring questions on Trump's comments to Republican White House contender Mitt Romney.

    "Given Trump is one of his biggest supporters, this is a question best directed at the Romney team in Boston," said Obama spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

    Earlier, Douglas Kass, who often appears with Trump on the US finance talk show Squawkbox and has written for the Wall Street Journal, earlier tweeted: "High above the Alps my Gnome has heard that Donald Trump will announce that he has unearthed divorce papers between the Prez and his wife." That turned out to be incorrect.

    The divorce rumour first reared its head in a recent book about Mr Obama by author Ed Klein. He said the Obamas hit a rough patch in 2000 and Michelle "actually had divorce papers drawn up". The claim was denied by the White House.

    Trump has tried to smear the President before. He was a vocal proponent of the discredited "birther theory", that Mr Obama was born in Kenya and not Hawaii, and is therefore disqualified from being President of the United States.

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