OK, I give up. Donald Trump is an idiot; I said it; let’s move on.
Donald Trump has given a piece of paper that he describes as a birth certificate “exclusively to Newsmax“. I suppose one could call it a birth certificate, but one could call Monopoly money “money” too.
What he has is one of those souvenir birth certificates that hospitals give new parents. The problem is that hospitals can’t issue official birth certificates any more than Parker Brothers can print legal tender. If Trump were trying to establish a late registration with the State of New York, that piece of paper might be useful for starters, but it sure as heck wouldn’t get him a US Passport. The little souvenir doesn’t have his mother’s name; it doesn’t even say he was born in the United States!
The US Department of State requires that a Birth Certificate valid for passport application must be:
Certified birth certificate issued by the city, county or state…
registrar’s signature, and the date the certificate was filed with the registrar’s office
A Trump spokesperson acknowledged that the Newsmax certificate is not an official birth certificate, and said:
In order to rectify the oversight, I am sure he will either find his original birth certificate or order another one and release it.
And indeed, Donald Trump has, according to ABC News, released another birth certificate that looks a lot more “official.” This is a city-issued certificate, not a state one and there is nothing wrong with that.