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May 30th, 2012
09:08 AM ET

Wolf Blitzer responds to his Donald Trump interview, says if Trump is going to back up 'birther' claims, he has to have evidence

It's no secret that Donald Trump tends to get embroiled in drama. Last night on "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer," Trump was at it again, sparring with Blitzer over President Obama's Hawaiian birth certificate. This morning, Wolf talks to Ashleigh on "Early Start" about why the Donald cannot let go of the birther movement.

"I've known Donald Trump for a long time and interviewed him on many many occasions," Blitzer says. "He's an intelligent guy, not a stupid guy or anything like that. I assume maybe it’s an obvious reason, he believes it."

Last night, Trump called in from Las Vegas where he was holding a fundraiser for the Republican presidential nominee. When Blitzer told him he was being ridiculous for continuing the birther movement after the state of Hawaii affirmed Obama's birth certificate, Trump went on a rant attacking CNN's ratings and the confirmation itself.

"Let me tell you something," Trump starts. "I think you sound ridiculous. And if you would ask me a question and let me answer it, instead of making [...] And many people put those announcements in because they wanted to get the benefit of being so-called born in this country. Many people did it. It was something that was done by many people, even if they weren't born in the country. You know it, and so do I. And so do a lot of your viewers."

Blitzer tried to get an explanation out of Trump as to why he is fighting this fight even though so many other Republicans have dropped the issue. He tells Ashleigh that "Mitt Romney disagrees with him, Newt Gingrich disagrees with him, all the other Republican presidential candidates basically disagree with him. They accept the fact that Barack Obama was born in Hawaii back in 1961. Even Karl Rove, the head of the largest pro-Republican superpac out there disagrees. So, it's not controversial."

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