Behavior of Donald Trump

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Donald Trump, a successful real estate investor from New York City, was elected President of the United States in November 2016 and assumed office in January 2017. A narcissistic personality, his behavior, both before and after assuming office, has been a subject of interest.

Birther

Despite having no information regarding Barack Obama and having no basis for doubting Obama's birth in Hawaii, Trump played an active roll in promoting misinformation regarding the citizenship of Barack Obama:

In March 2011, during an interview on Good Morning America, Donald Trump said he was seriously considering running for president, that he was a "little" skeptical of Obama's citizenship, and that someone who shares this view should not be so quickly dismissed as an "idiot" (as Trump considers the term "birther" to be "derogatory"[1]). Trump added, "Growing up no one knew him",[2] a claim ranked Pants-on-Fire by Politifact.[3] Later, Trump appeared on The View repeating several times that "I want him [Obama] to show his birth certificate." He speculated that "there’s something on that birth certificate that he doesn’t like", a comment which host Whoopi Goldberg described as "the biggest pile of dog mess I’ve heard in ages."[4] On the March 30, 2011, edition of CNN Newsroom, anchor Suzanne Malveaux commented on Trump's statements, pointing out that she had made a documentary for which she had gone to Hawaii and spoken with people who knew Obama as a child.[5][6] In an NBC TV interview broadcast on April 7, 2011, Trump said he would not let go of the issue, because he was not satisfied that Obama had proved his citizenship.[7] After Trump began making his views public, he was contacted by Joseph Farah of WorldNetDaily, who was reportedly on the phone with Trump every day for a week, providing Trump with a "birther primer", answers to questions, and advice.[8] After Obama released his long-form birth certificate on April 27, 2011, Trump said "I am really honored and I am really proud, that I was able to do something that nobody else could do."[9]

On October 24, 2012, Trump offered to donate five million dollars to the charity of Obama's choice in return for the publication of his college and passport applications before October 31, 2012.[10]

On September 16, 2016, as the Republican Party presidential nominee, Trump stated "President Barack Obama was born in the United States. Period." Trump took credit for putting the controversy to rest and also repeated a false claim that Hillary Clinton (his opponent in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and one of Obama's opponents in the 2008 Democractic presidential primaries) had started the controversy concerning Obama's place of birth.[11]
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  8. Smith, Ben (April 14, 2011). "Trump and the blacks". Politico. Archived from the original on April 30, 2011. http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0411/Trump_and_the_blacks.html. Retrieved April 18, 2011. 
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