CNN's Candy Crowley says she'd rather speak with Donald Trump about China & Libya, but instead gives 10 minutes on Barack Obama's birth certificate


Unfortunately for The Donald, Factcheck.org has just produced a new fact sheet refuting Trump on the birther issue, which you can read here.  They begin by writing:


If Donald Trump worked for us, we’d have to say: "Donald, you’re fired — for incompetence." The successful developer and TV celebrity says he’d make a good president, and maybe he would — we take no stand either way about that. But when it comes to getting facts straight, he fouls up again and again on the basics of President Barack Obama’s birth. As a rookie reporter, he just wouldn’t make it.


On ABC's This Week, David Plouffe was asked about Trump, and how he's obviously captured the attention of television booking agents and some parts of the Republican electorate


So I know that you've answered all the questions on this birth certificate, but what do you make about -- what do you make of Donald Trump and raising this issue? Do you think it's going to be a big issue in the campaign?


PLOUFFE: I don't. I think I saw Donald Trump's kind of rise and some falls. And given his behavior and spectacle over the last couple of weeks, I hope he keeps on rising, because I don't think there is a -- there is zero chance that Donald Trump would ever be hired by the American people to do this job.


There may be a small part of the country that believes these things. But mainstream Americans think it's a sideshow. And what they want our leaders to do is focus squarely on the issues right in front of us, how we're going to keep growing the economy. We've had over 1.3 million jobs created in the last 13 months. We've got to keep doing that. How we keep our people safe. How do we make sure we're going to win the future by focusing on things like education and innovation.


No doubt there is some natural curiosity amongst a certain group of the electorate on the birth certificate issue that has kept it alive for a few years now.  Candy Crowley promised viewers will get to hear the "substantive" straight talk that Trump has been turning on conservative crowds with over the past few months on China and other issues. But what does Trump actually say about China, for example?


This was Trump on Rush Limbaugh's show back in January;


RUSH: And we are back with Donald Trump. Donald, the things you’ve articulated on China I think most people are going, “Rah-rah,” agreeing with, and I think they totally understand it. Why do you think it’s not clear to more people in our government? Do you think Obama understands it the way you do? And what would you do if you were president to deal with all this?


TRUMP: Well, you know, Rush, I talk about China — and other countries, by the way. But I talk about China ’cause they’re the worst abuser, and we have this independent group of people that formed ShouldTrumpRun.com and we have over 400,000 people already signed up. What I don’t understand but I think maybe there is an understanding down deep, I believe it could be the lobbyists. Because so many people love what I say on China; they know it’s true. When Ben Bernanke gets up and says, “Jobs won’t be good for another five years,” now, that sounds like a long time, but I disagree.


I don’t think jobs will ever be good if we keep going on this policy because we’re not making anything anymore. China and other countries are making our products. We are rebuilding China. So I say it over and over again. I do your show, I do Today Show, and I say it — and everybody loves it; and yet no politician ever says what I’m saying; and then they give, as I said, five-star dinners at the White House. So 400,000 people join ShouldTrumpRun.com and yet nobody… So what I think it is, is the politicians are all taken over by the lobbyists. I really believe the lobbyists keep them shut up because China and Chinese companies have all got tremendous lobbyists.


OPEC has got a monopoly. If you try and get a lobbyist in Washington to go against OPEC, they’ll say, “Oh, this is great. Donald Trump wants me to be a lobbyist,” and then they’ll go check and say, “Oh, I’m sorry, Mr. Trump, we can’t represent you. We represent OPEC or one of the 12 nations.” So it’s really… In my opinion, it has to be the lobbyists. Because I’ll say this, everybody will agree with me — and I know you agree with me — but everybody will agree with me, and then the politicians don’t speak up. And I think they don’t speak up because their local lobbyist has them shut up.


RUSH: Well, could there be an element of fear? I mean, people aren’t afraid of the United States anymore, Donald.


TRUMP: No, they’re not. No, we’re not respected. And one of the reasons I’m seriously thinking about running — and I mean seriously thinking — is that this is not a respected country anymore. I love this country. It’s got potential to be great again. But, really, Rush, it’s not great right now. It’s not great. China, in 12 years or less, will take over as the #1 nation in the world from an economic standpoint — and we’re doing it! We’re doing it. Now, you asked me before: What would I do? I would tell China that if you don’t straighten out your manipulation of the currency — and I mean fast; I mean really fast — we are going to tax your products 25%. Now, what that will do is two things. Number one: Immediately will start doing our own manufacturing. We don’t have to make toys that are coated with lead paint in China. We can make good toys in Alabama and North Carolina.


RUSH: How about Chinese screws? I mean, Chinese screws? You better not assemble anything with a screw made in China or you’ll BE screwed!


TRUMP: Many things are very… They call it the “counterfeiters.” And by the way, even those laws, those laws are so bad for us in China — we make a product here and — they copy it in China and they couldn’t care less about infringement or anything else. We talk about the environmentalists. You know, they all want us to make our plan so that nothing can go into the air. Do you think China’s doing that? They laugh at us. They talk “green” but they’re not “green.” They talk green but they’re not — and this isn’t just me saying it on the basis of common sense. These are the biggest people in China who sit down with me and talk to me, and they can’t believe what they’re getting away with.


Trump sounds like Newt Gingrich in saying that he'd really like to run for President, but can't tell us at this time whether he can or not.  Not until June, when the Apprentice goes off the air.  Who knows?  With nobody turning on the GOP base, maybe Trump's ego will get the better of him and he'll officially announce he's a candidate?  The mainstream media's taking him pretty serious so far.

The dearth of excitement amongst the Republicans considering their nominees for President became clearer last week when businessman and television personality Donald Trump ranked second behind Mitt Romney in two different surveys.

A Public Policy Institute poll of New Hampshire voters had the Apprentice host with 21 percent of the vote, trailing only Romney's 27 percent ranking. And a Wall Street Journal-NBC News national poll released a day later had Trump tied with Mike Huckabee (who shows no inclination that he wants to lose his Fox News weekend gig and actually run) for second place with 17 percent, behind "Mittens" 21 percent mark.  And amongst tea partiers, Trump trumphed the field, indicating that part of the GOP electorate - the part that is actively following these things, things nationally and locally - aren't very satisfied by the so called front runners (Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich, etc).

Yesterday on CNN's State of The Union, host Candy Crowley seemed almost embarrassed to say that though she did speak with Trump about China, Libya and other substantive issues, she somehow got stuck on the whole so called "birther" issue; that is, the contention amongst a significant portion of the GOP electorate (according to polls) who question whether President Obama was born in the U.S. An issue that has never gone away, but that has given a huge boost for Trump.

This part of the exchange between Crowley and Trump yesterday:

TRUMP: I don't like to talk about this issue too much because I really would rather talk about China, I would really rather talk about what OPEC is doing to destroy us. I would really rather talk about other things. But I'll be honest with you, I started this and I heard the question for the first time four weeks ago and I assumed, although I had heard about it for years, I assumed that he was born in the United States, meaning in Hawaii. I assumed that. The more I go into it, the more suspect it is.

Now, he doesn't have his birth certificate or he's not showing it. And I wish he did have one, but he doesn't have it. There is a huge difference between a birth certificate — and I can show you mine, it's upstairs and it's in great detail and it's certified by everybody and it's got signatures all over it. It's got a birth certificate.

He shows a certificate of live birth. And a certificate of live birth is easy to get and it is not the same thing. It's a totally different thing. And in many states a certificate of live birth you can't even get married or you can't get a driver's license with it.

The fact is his own family doesn't know which hospital he was born in this Hawaii. And here's one other thing, wherever you were born, I can go to that hospital, and I can find out the name of your doctor, the name of the — the number of your room...

CROWLEY: My hospital...

TRUMP: ...excuse me — how much you paid, how much this, how much that. I can find the information. I guarantee you my hospital has all the information, how much my parents paid for that unfortunate day when I was brought into this world, this rather crazy world.

But the fact is, nobody has any information. And his people in the United States don't even know which hospital — his relatives don't even know which hospital he was born in.

So it's a very strange situation. That's all I can tell you. And, you know, it's a very sad thing because the people, the birthers, they got labeled and they got labeled so negatively, and even the word "birther" is a negative word.

And I always tell people, I was a very good student; I went to the best college; I went to great schools; I had very high aptitude. Because, if you come out and say, and even question, the press goes wild. They get angry at even the question. And the fact is, if he wasn't born in this country, he shouldn't be the president of the United States.

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