As “Celebrity Apprentice” host Donald Trump kept up his “birther” campaign over the weekend–insisting on cable news shows and elsewhere that President Obama make his birth certificate public–another potential presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, offered words of encouragement for Trump, CBS News reported.
Palin praised Trump for "getting to the bottom of" Obama’s citizenship status, according to the report, even though she said she believes Obama was born in Hawaii.
"I appreciate that The Donald wants to spend his resources in getting to the bottom of something that so interests him and many Americans," Palin said.
Trump has taken his birther campaign to CNN and other outlets in recent days, even though rumors that Obama was not born in the United States have been widely debunked. Trump has also said he will announce by June whether he will run for president.
Meanwhile, a White House spokesman called Trump’s recent efforts a “sideshow.” Appearing Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” senior White House adviser David Plouffe said Trump has “zero chance” of being elected president, the story reports.
Plouffe said of the birther campaign: "There may be a small part of the country that believes these things, but mainstream Americans think it’s a sideshow. And what they want our leaders to do is focus squarely on the issues right in front of us: how we’re going to keep growing the economy … how we keep our people safe, how do we make sure we’re going to win the future by focusing on things like education and innovation?”