Donald Trump Steps Up Calls for Obama to Release Birth Certificate


"He made a statement only because it's an issue that has been around now for over four years, and one would think that the president of this great country would pull out his long-form birth certificate, put the entire issue to rest," Cohen said. "But this pres who ran on a platform of transparency has decided not to do that."

Cohen, who has been handling some political matters for Trump, including reaching out to Republican leaders and activists in such early nominating states as Iowa, also took issue with comments made by "View" host Whoopi Goldberg, who suggested that Trump's insistence that Obama release his birth certificate may be racially motivated.

"It's not 'cause he's black, is it?" Goldberg asked Trump last week," because I've never heard any white president asked to show the birth certificate." (In his "Fox and Friends" interview Monday morning Trump said, "I like Whoopi" but called the racism suggestion "insulting.")

Cohen echoed that sentiment.

"Donald Trump is not a racist, he's not a bigot, he doesn't care if you're black, white, green, blue, indigo or violet," Cohen said. "He doesn't care. He treats everyone the same. Shame on her for playing the race card."

Cohen also predicted that Trump would continue to bring up the birth certificate issue as he makes up his mind about running for president.

"Mr. Trump always holds people accountable -- that's what he does," Cohen told ABC News, "whether it's a real life business transaction or on 'The Apprentice'"

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