MARCH 29--Though Donald Trump has yet to release his actual birth certificate, a tantalizing clue emerged today that may indicate the multimillionaire developer was, in fact, born in the United States, The Smoking Gun has learned.
Trump, who has challenged President Barack Obama to prove he is an American citizen, yesterday released what he claimed to be his own birth certificate (“It took me one hour to get,” he crowed).
Except the document Trump proffered was not an official New York City birth certificate, but rather a document purportedly produced by Jamaica Hospital, where Trump was reportedly born in June 1946.
In an attempt to track down proof of the 64-year-old Trump’s citizenship, TSG today traveled to the main branch of the New York Public Library, which houses a collection of microfiche indices to New York City births. The microfiche cards contain the official Department of Health ledgers of births, broken down by year and borough.
An examination of envelope XMG-1108--which contains an alphabetical listing of all recorded births in New York City in 1946--reveals that a child with the surname “Trump” and the given name “Donald” was born on June 14 in Queens. As seen above (click to enlarge), the entry also includes the number of the corresponding Department of Health birth certificate--7624. The real estate developer has said he was born on June 14.
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A New York City birth certificate includes information about a child’s parents, where and when the birth occurred, and the signature of the medical official who attested to details of the birth. However, like Hawaii, New York City birth certificates are not public documents. A copy of a birth certificate will only be released by the Office of Vital Records to the named party or an attorney representing them.
So, to quell suspicions from the growing “Trumper” movement, The Donald--if he does not already have a copy of certificate 7624 from 1946--may want to head here and get his order in the pipeline. A copy will set him back $15, plus $8.30 for a “mailing and service charge.” If Trump orders now online, the wait for processing on his request will only be a few days. (2 pages)
UPDATE: Two hours after the below story was published, Trump released a copy of his birth certificate. Click here to view it.