Trump Releases Birth Certificate

By Maggie Haberman
|  Tuesday, Mar 29, 2011  |  Updated 10:03 PM EDT
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Trump Releases Birth Certificate

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A day after the presidential tease released what he said was his birth certificate — a document that POLITICO found was not actually official — Donald Trump produced the real thing.

Welcome to Donald Trump's birth certificate, the sequel.

A day after the presidential tease released what he said was his birth certificate — a document that POLITICO found was not actually official — Trump produced the real thing for ABC News. The network's website showed an image of the actual, New York City-issued certificate, a grainy microfilm production.

Trump released the initial document as part of his his spotlight-seeking effort to push the debunked "birther" argument about President Barack Obama, as he has repeatedly raised questions in recent days about where Obama was born — and gotten plenty of airtime for it.

An aide to the real estate mogul told ABC News that "a 'birth certificate' and a 'certificate of live birth' are in no way the same thing, even though in some cases they use some of the same words. ... One officially confirms and records a newborn child’s identity and details of his or her birth, while the other only confirms that someone reported the birth of a child."

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