Billionaire businessman and possible Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says that he is not sure President Obama was born in the United States and insisted that he's a "smart guy," contrary to the media portrayal of "birthers" as idiots.
"Everbody that gives even a hint of of being a birther … even a little bit of a hint, like, gee, you know, maybe, just maybe this much of a chance, they label them as an idiot. Let me tell you, I’m a really smart guy,” Trump told ABC News in an interview with Ashleigh Banfield. "He grew up and nobody knew him. You know? When you interview people, if ever I got the nomination, if I ever decide to run, you may go back and interview people from my kindergarten. They’ll remember me. Nobody ever comes forward. Nobody knows who he is until later in his life. It’s very strange. The whole thing is very strange.”
Actually, former teachers have recalled Obama from his kindergarten days in Indonesia, where he was living with his mother and stepfather.
The constitution requires that a president be born in the U.S.
In the interview, conducted last week aboard Trump's private jet, the mogul also said he would be willing to spend up to $600 million of his own money if he decides to run.