Reporting from Washington — Speaking to reporters in New Hampshire on Wednesday, Donald Trump took credit for President Obama’s decision to make his long-form birth certificate public, saying he was "proud" of his efforts.
“Today I'm very proud of myself, because I've accomplished something that no one else has been able to accomplish," Trump said, according to NBC News. "I want to look at it, but I hope it's true. ... But he should have done it a long time ago."
Trump suggested to the media that experts would need to examine the birth certificate to verify its authenticity.
In his remarks at the White House, the president never explicitly referenced the real-estate mogul, who has been on a media crusade in recent weeks reviving the supposed issue over the president’s origins, but when Obama said the nation’s problems were too critical for the American people and the media to be “distracted by sideshows and carnival barkers” there was little doubt whom he meant.
Also jumping in the fray: Sarah Palin, who tweeted, “Media, admit it. Trump forced the issue.”
The White House chose the day that Trump made his most public exploration yet of a possible presidential run, as he was scheduled to meet with supporters and donors in New Hampshire throughout the day.