The Straits Times
Published on Oct 25, 2012

Trump to give $6.1 million to charity if Obama releases records


NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Donald Trump offered to pay US$5 million (S$6.1 million) to the charity of President Barack Obama's choice if Mr Obama releases his college and passport records, the real estate mogul and television personality said on Wednesday.

"Frankly, it's a check that I very much want to write," Mr Trump said in a YouTube video released via his Twitter and Facebook pages.

Mr Trump has questioned whether Mr Obama's birth certificate issued by the state of Hawaii is legitimate, suggesting Mr Obama was not born in the United States, which could have made him ineligible for the White House. The White House released the long-form copy of Mr Obama's birth certificate in 2011.

Mr Trump did not say what he expected the college and passports records to reveal but was specific in saying he wanted to see all of Mr Obama's college applications and records and his passport applications and records.