NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Donald Trump has made his “big announcement,” one that he claims could swing the election.
Trump said he would donate $5 million to charity if President Barack Obama releases his college records and passport information.
The business and media mogul said Americans have many questions that should not be part of the presidential dialogue and called Obama “the least transparent President in the history of this country.”
“If he chooses to do this, he will be doing a great service not only to the charity, but also a great service to the country and indeed, himself,” Trump said.
Trump has set the deadline for the records release for Oct. 31 at 5 p.m.
The donation would be made to a charity of Obama’s choice “immediately” after the information is released — if it is “complete” and “when he does that to my satisfaction,” Trump said Wednesday.
The announcement received a lot of jeers on both Twitter and Facebook. Calif. Sen. Barbara Boxer tweeted the following: @BarbaraBoxer: ”I will give $50 to the charity of Donald Trump’s choice if he stops trying to make this election about himself. Who’s with me?”
CNN contributor David Frum tweeted: @davidfrum ”Trump’s genius plan. Trap Obama into releasing his transcripts. Then blast him as an “elitist” when he is shown to have earned straight As.”
CBSNewYork Facebook fans had the following to say about the announcement: Melody Sutherland Ruth: “Our president should never get involved in anything this ridiculous. Trump is just wanting attention again. No good would ever come from a gift given under these hateful conditions. Everyone should just ignore Trump.”
Jean Carlo: “It’s despicable to use charity as political bait.. Geez!!”
But not everyone mocked The Donald. Some Facebook comments were less critical:
Patty Vinberg: “Boy the anger when Obama is questioned. Obama can shut down the questioning and get a charity 5 million if he just produces school records. Can someone explain why he wouldn’t do this!!”
Earlier this year, Trump endorsed former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in the presidential race.
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