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by Sharon Rondeau

Is Barack Obama “petrified” of the information Donald Trump may have about his background?

(Aug. 27, 2012) — Donald Trump tweeted 25 minutes ago at the time of this writing asking “Why do the Republicans keep apologizing on the so called “birther” issue?  No more apologies—take the offensive!”

Trump had been scheduled to speak at some point on Monday at the Republican National Convention, but because of the hurricane expected to affect the Tampa, FL area where the convention is being held, he told Fox & Friends yesterday morning that he would be in New York the remainder of the week.  Trump had promised “a big surprise” on his Facebook page on August 14 at the convention.

Although Obama released what was purported to be his long-form birth certificate showing he was born in Hawaii in 1961 in April of last year, Trump told Fox’s Greta van Susteren that he is not “satisfied” with the image and wants to see Obama’s college applications.

Trump tweeted a few minutes later, “@BarackObama is petrified of the birther issue so they go on the offensive to try & make the Republicans feel guilty & stupid. Watch what’s coming!”

In an exclusive interview with Newsmax on Sunday, Trump referred to his planned “surprise” as not “damaging to the Republican ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan” and as “amazing.”  Newsmax reports that it was to have been given in the “opening moments” of the convention on Monday if the original schedule had held.

Trump believes that Obama would destroy Medicare, the health care program begun in the 1960s for Americans 65 and older, while stating that Romney would “save” it.  He also told Newsmax, ““I think part of being a statesman is telling the truth. And I tell the truth.  Sometimes the truth is painful.”

A researcher into the identity and background of Obama calls the truth “terrible.”

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