Donald Trump offers $5M to Obama to release his college records
Business magnate Donald Trump has issued a $5 million challenge to U.S President Barack Obama, saying that if Obama agrees to release his college records, Trump will donalte the $5 million to a charity of the president’s choice.
According to reports, 66-year-old “The Apprentice” star Donald Trump made the “announcement” via YouTube video on Wednesday, saying: “If Barack Obama opens up and gives his college records and applications … and if he gives his passport applications and records I will give to a charity of his choice — Inner City Children of Chicago, American Cancer Society, AIDS Research … a check immediately for 5 million dollars.”
Donald Trump went on, saying: “The check will be given within one hour after he releases all of the records … he’ll be doing a great service for the country if he does this.”
“If he releases these records, it will end the question and indeed the anger of many Americans … they’ll know something about their president … their President will become transparent … like other Presidents,” Donald Trump concluded.
Donald Trump had been teasing his “announcement” for days, saying it could bring an impact on the election.
While the business mogul had no problem demanding Barack Obama reveal details about his passport and time at college, the billionaire proved rather less forthcoming when it came to a request for information about himself, the Guardian reports.
The news outlet tried to contact the office of Donald Trump to ask for his college and passport records, but instead, it was reportedly accused of “trying to be funny” and such request was deemed to be “stupid.
“I tell you what, he’ll provide them to you when you provide yours to him,” said Michael Cohen, executive vice president at the Donald Trump Organization and special counsel to the business mogul.
The Guardian’s Adam Gabbatt said that he readily agreed to the deal, and offered to provide his college records and passport-application records to the Trump office for inspection and verification.
“But what’s your point? Mr. Trump’s not the president of the United States and he’s not running for the presidency,” Cohen went on. “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.”
Cohen continued to accuse the Guardian of not taking the story seriously.
“I think what you’re doing is you’re, whether you’re trying to be funny, intentionally or not, actually it’s a stupid request on your behalf,” the executive Vice President of the Trump Organization said. “It’s trying to poke fun at the fact that the president of the United States [Barack Obama] is the least transparent president that we’ve ever had. He may be the least transparent politician we’ve ever come across.”
“And I tell you what, why don’t you do this, since you want to be so clever. Why don’t you turn around and say if Mr Trump releases all of his records to you, you will donate $5m to the charity of his choice?,” Cohen concluded.