(CNN) – Despite the long form birth certificate released by the White House Wednesday, real estate mogul Donald Trump said "I don't make up anything" when asked about his recent claim that the president's birth certificate was missing. Still, he is undecided about paying for the sleuths he sent to Hawaii.
In an interview airing Wednesday on CNN's "John King, USA," Trump said he can now recall investigators he'd sent to Hawaii to look into President Obama's birth.
"Would I pay them? I don't know," he said. "I can say this, let me just tell you, I don't make up anything…I have done a great service to the American people."
When pressed on his role in stirring up birther controversy by CNN's Chief National Correspondent John King, Trump downplayed his actions saying, "Excuse me, every time I sit down with the press all they want to talk about is the birth certificate and I got him to do something that nobody else could get him to do and I take great credit for that."
And though the possible presidential candidate, currently in the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire for several appearances, says he hasn't seen the long form birth certificate, Trump now hopes "a lot of experts will analyze it."
Every day we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation inside and outside Washington.
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RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:
– Ryan Lizza reports in the New Yorker that the Obama Administration's foreign policy is to "lead from behind" thinking that the US is in decline. The Wall Street Journal reports today that China and Pakistan are trying to get Afghanistan to break up with us. So now the US shakes up its National Security team. Talk about reactionary.
– The birth certificate is out. Where are the college transcripts?
– In a multi-week period with Republicans out of town, you'd think the Obama Administration could have set and controlled the media narrative. Instead, they screwed it up and have spent the last few weeks on defense. What's going on over there?
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