Businessman and television show host Donald Trump made a statement to reporters at a press conference in New Hampshire ahead of remarks by President Barack Obama on the issue of the President's release of the long-form birth certificate.
Trump had raised questions about Obama's birth place and had called for the President to release the document. Obama had previously released a Certification of Live Birth, which provides less information than the long-form certificate.
Trump said he would announce after May 22 whether he would mount a campaign for the U.S. presidency.
The following is Trump's opening statement to the press.
Good morning. Today I'm very proud of myself because I've accomplished what nobody else has been able to accomplish. I was just informed while on the helicopter that our President has finally released a birth certificate. I want to look at it, but I hope it's true so that we can get on to much more important so the press can stop asking me questions. He should have done it a long time ago.
Why he didn't do it when the Clintons' asked for it. Why he didn't do it when everybody else was asking for it I don't know but I am really honored, frankly, to have played such a big role in hopefully, hopefully, getting rid of this issue. Now we have to look at it. We have to see is it real? Is it proper? What's on it? But I hope it checks out beautifully.
I am really proud. I am really honored. Now we can talk about oil. We can talk about gasoline prices. We can talk about China ripping off this country. We can talk about OPEC doing numbers on us like nobody has ever done before. We can get on to issues and hopefully when I sit down with interviews people don't start talking about birth certificate, birth certificate like they've been doing. So I feel I've accomplished something really, really important and I'm honored by it.