The billionaire developer and television personality tweeted a video saying he would give $5 million to a charity of President Barack Obama’s choice if the president would release his college records and passport application.
Trump called Obama the worst president ever and the least transparent president in U.S. history. The real estate mogul said his offer is a “deal that I don’t believe he can refuse, and I hope he doesn’t.” He said the records must be turned over by 5 p.m. on Oct. 31 and the check would be made within an hour after records are released.
“If he releases these records, it will end the question and indeed the anger of many Americans,” Trump said. “They’ll know something about their president. Their president will become transparent, like other presidents. I absolutely would be the most happy of all if I did in fact make this contribution through the president to these charities.”
Trump had promised a “bombshell” announcement. He even said his announcement could alter the course of the election. His following on Twitter grew in the hours before he released the video.
Since the release, Twitter been lit up with tweets mocking Trump.
A quick survey of Trump Tweets:
@DamienFahey — It’s nice Donald Trump’s announcement of selflessly donating 5 million dollars to charity is helping to raise awareness of Donald Trump.
@CroweJam — The Humane Society will give Donald Trump $5 if he releases that thing on his head back into the woods.
@mountain_goats — “”I have a big announcement. My announcement is that I think the world is a reality TV show. Thank you” –Donald Trump
@TIME — Surprise! Donald Trump’s much-hyped Obama announcement is actually about Trump himself http://ti.me/PQNsJt
@BuzzFeed — Donald Trump Makes Obama An Offer He Can’t Refuse, Which Obama Will Most Assuredly Refuse http://bzfd.it/Stvkln
@the_moonface — Sorry Trump, but in the same way the U.S. doesn’t negotiate with terrorists, presidents shouldn’t negotiate with idiots.
@BScalabrine24 — BREAKING: Donald Trump demands to know what medical school Dr. Dre went to
@bazecraze — Trump, would you be a dear and offer 5 million dollars if Romney will reveal ANY PART of his economic plan?
Asked about Trump’s offer, White House senior adviser David Plouffe told reporters their questions should be directed to Romney’s campaign headquarters, The Hill reported.
“Direct your questions to Boston; he’s Romney’s biggest supporter,” Plouffe said, according to reports.
“The company you keep speaks volumes,” tweeted Lis Smith, the Obama campaign’s director of rapid response.
Trump called the response “amazing” and “overwhelming.”
Later, he tweeted, “Virtually all Presidents and candidates including John McCain, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush have released the requested records. Why not President Obama?”