Donald Trump, who helped drive questions over President Obama’s birth certificate, said the release Wednesday was a victory for him because he made the president act.
“I am really honored, frankly, to have played such a big role in hopefully, hopefully, getting rid of this issue,” he said, though he said more investigation has to be done. “Now we have to look at it, see is it real, is it proper.”
Mr. Obama released his long-form birth certificate from Hawaii earlier Wednesday morning in an effort to put to rest rumors questioning his place of birth.
Mr. Trump had earlier said he had a team of people looking into the certificate and they had raised questions about Mr. Obama’s birth. This week, Mr. Trump said the certificate was “missing.”
On Wednesday, a reporter asked Mr. Trump if the release of the birth certificate meant his credibility should be called into question. Mr. Trump didn’t answer directly, instead saying he hoped he had helped the country move on — the he repeatedly said he still wants to look at the certificate to make sure it is authentic.