Donald Trump’s ‘Big’ Announcement About Obama

Unsurprisingly, Donald Trump's story about Obama is actually a story about Donald Trump.

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Since Monday, Donald Trump has been teasing a “big” announcement concerning the President of the United States. He not only appeared on Fox & Friends to say that it could “possibly” alter the course of the election, he’s been relentlessly teasing it to his million-plus followers on social media networks, even trying to assuage doubters by saying that his big news wouldn’t be “about Donald Trump” but “about the United States of America.”

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Of course, the news — which he publicized via Twitter and Facebook — was about Donald Trump. Instead of what some had described as a potential election-altering “bombshell” or an “October surprise,” the curious were treated to yet another episode in the real estate mogul’s “From the Desk of Donald Trump” YouTube video series. There, Trump offers the president a “deal.”

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“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 … a check, immediately, for $5 million dollars.”  A press release issued by Trump reiterates that pledge and says that the deadline for Obama to take up the offer is October 31st.

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Fact checkers will surely have a field day with Trump’s latest birther fishing expedition. It’s worth noting, too, that Factcheck.org has published an item debunking claims about Obama’s “sealed” academic and medical records and Politifact has debunked falsehoods spread about the President’s Occidental College transcripts.

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155 comments
JCHeverly
JCHeverly

@TIME STOP COVERING IT AND IT WILL DIE.

Gene Pizzo
Gene Pizzo

Money begets power. Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely and both beget idiocy.

MagentaMae1
MagentaMae1

Why does Trump just make the donation?

geegee3
geegee3

For a president whose main concern is caring for the country's less fortunate, why wouldn't he take the opportunity to make a charitable donation and reveal his records.  Does it occur to any of you that as President of United States one would easily have the ability to make a birth certificate saying he was born anywhere he wanted to.  A true test to the authenticity of his birth location would be what he wrote on his college application and passport prior to having his sight on presidency.   In my opinion, this is a true test of character . . . how honest is the President.  To seal all his personal records when he became president is a true indicator he has something to hide.

Comparing this to Romney revealing his income record is irrelevant.   Yes, the Obama administration is trying to portray him as a rich man . . . which he is (not sure what this is  a downfall, Obama's top supporters are far wealthier and powerful). Romney turned over all the necessary records required to run for President.  Being born in the United States of America is a requirement for being the President of United States.  If in fact Obama was born in Kenya, he has deceived us a nation and is not qualified to be the President of United States.  Not sure why people do not see the importance of this. 

cportie
cportie

@TIME If you are being bullied to vote For Eddie Munster and Greedy Mittens.By your Company.When you close that curtain.Get even.

annettemhudson
annettemhudson

@TIME @timenewsfeed Trump is a JOKE... Now go fly s kite!

DLOVE
DLOVE

TRUMP IS A JOKE...YOU NEED TO STOP SAYING THAT AMERICANS WANT TO KNOW CAUSE YOU ARE THE ONLY PERSON THAT WANTS TO KNOW...JUST DO US A FAVOR AND STAY IN NEW YORK AND WORRY ABOUT YOURSELF...STAY OUT OF OUR PRESIDENT BUSINESS CAUSE YOU ARE MAKING A FOOL OUT YOURSELF.

KPitman
KPitman

Trump is a joke. And really it is an indictment on our society that we actually tune in to this joke. And if Obama was to follow through on TRUMP'S BIG ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE UNITED STATES he wouldn't pay. I would like to say to the "HAIR"... YOU'RE FIRED you chump. Stay in New York. 

AbrahamYeshuratnam
AbrahamYeshuratnam

Who is the intern involved in this affair? Did Michelle volunteer to separate? 

HollyKick
HollyKick

shut up trump , get Romney to release his tax returns. 

Nickymaic
Nickymaic

@TIME @TIMENewsFeed Will Donald Trump do the same thing for Gov. Romney if he decide to release more tax return?

Bsew
Bsew

@TIME Surprise, surprise. I could've told you that without listening to him.

VinceNardini
VinceNardini

TRUMP IS AWESOME. A TRUE AMERICAN THAT LOVES HIS COUNTRY

aadhilnet
aadhilnet

Charity doesn't need "Conditions", Trump is a joker!

FlyntStone
FlyntStone

Liberal @TIME & @timenewsfeed has to go. Too liberal & biased for me to keep reading. Nothing but biased democratic campaigning. #Unfollow

TarotDarrow
TarotDarrow

@TIME @TIMENewsFeed Per usual! That disgusting man is a literal caricature of himself ~!

wj4
wj4

@TIME Please convince that pompus windbag to finally shut his useless mouth? Obama "transparency" hasn't been much different than "Bush".

CathyChaconValenzuela
CathyChaconValenzuela

Make the same offer to Mitt, five mil for ten years of tax returns. We will then know who is the real armerican.

Natasha Dial
Natasha Dial

I am about as surprised as I am to learn my name! He is a pompous windbag, & a waste of skin/air.

loveblooms24
loveblooms24

Why does this attention seeing narcissistic keep embarrassing himself?  Oh I forgot "ratings".  What a complete JOKE.

MichaelHill
MichaelHill

Let this be any other country, this would be treason to the country. Last I knew, we are suppose to protect our country from foreign and or domestic threats. Our president, not Obama,  has been under fire from the time and before he was elected... how sad. 

iveybella
iveybella

Man... if I had the documents and I was Obama I would whip those suckers right out and call Trumps bluff!!!!

I bet it does not happen......B/C BHO does not have such documentation!!!!!!!!

BeckerDana
BeckerDana

@theRandyGardner ~ Please disregard the man. His ego isn’t controlled enough, so he still has to be the main focus.

AndrewNichols
AndrewNichols

Why don't you just write the check Mr. Trump? Can't good be good enough? Is it that big of a deal to us? When was the last time we even bought an American product?!

RogerClifton
RogerClifton

Nice try, Why don't u take that 5 mil invest it an create 5000 Jobs for low income americans.

Roger 

Jon Adams
Jon Adams

a richie rich who started out with real money instead of the game of life

Rick Riley
Rick Riley

Proof that it doesn't take brains to be rich.... even this Bozo can do it !

Redbank199
Redbank199

@TIME I bet Trump did not go to Harvard because he did not even know what bombshell really means !

Paul Moore
Paul Moore

This guy is a TOOL. with a Toupe!

Graz407
Graz407

Suggestion -- would it be fair to designate one of the pro-Obama Super-PACS as a $5 mil recipient? Just asking.... 

Grant Chukwuemeka Ezeronye
Grant Chukwuemeka Ezeronye

It was him that said 'one million dollars is no longer what it used to be'. Son of a ...........tch.

WhiPLasH_OtopiA
WhiPLasH_OtopiA

@geegee3 shut up already. Its people like you who are wrong with this country. Not Obama. He's right. You're an idiot

dectra
dectra

@FlyntStone  

Perhaps you'd be more comfortable watching Fox "news" where bias and stupidity go hand in hand on a daily basis......

dectra
dectra

@iveybella  

Your comment is just the latest round in the "birther crap" Did you actually finish High School?

geegee3
geegee3

@dectra @geegee3  Really?  For what reason?  It does not bother you at all that our current president spent 4 million dollars to seal his records.  You do not find that concerning?  I encourage you to step outside from the media's Obama bandwagon and truly look at the details of the candidates and their track records of accomplishment.