Donald Trump's big "announcement" dropped Wednesday, when the real estate mogul offered $5 million for President Barack Obama to reveal his college transcripts and passport application. Trump, however, refuses to show his own records.
The Guardian's Adam Gabbatt contacted Trump's office on Wednesday to ask for Trump's college transcripts and passport records, to which an executive at the company responded that the newspaper's request was "stupid."
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"I tell you what, he'll provide them to you when you provide yours to him," Michael Cohen, executive vice president at the Trump Organization and special counsel to Trump, told the Guardian. "But what's your point? Mr. Trump's not the president of the United States and he's not running for the presidency. And pretty much all you need to do is go to one of the thousand different books that Mr. Trump has been featured in or has written and so on, and you could learn more about him than you know about pretty much anybody on the planet."
Trump created buzz around his announcement by promoting it on social media. On Wednesday, he finally broke the "big news" with a YouTube video.
Trump offered to give $5 million to the charity of Obama's choice if the president publicly releases his college transcripts from Columbia, Harvard and Occidental College, as well as his passport records by Oct. 31. "President Obama is the least transparent president in the history of this country," Trump says in the video.
The 66-year-old has long attempted to prove Obama was born in Kenya and not Hawaii. In May, he pushed the birther issue in the media when he continued to question the legitimacy of Obama's long-form birth certificate, which the president released in 2011. At that time, he also brought up Obama's college transcripts.
"A lot of people want to see his college transcripts," Trump said in an interview with CNBC. "They're not looking at his marks, his grades. ... They want to see, what does he say about place of birth. Now, those transcripts have disappeared, nobody seems to be able to get them."
Listen to the Guardian's phone conversation with Michael Cohen, executive vice president at the Trump Organization and special counsel to Trump, below.