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Trump Tries Again -- The Donald Releases 'Official' Birth Certificate


"A 'birth certificate' and a 'certificate of live birth' are in no way the same thing..."

Let's try this again.

After failing to release his actual birth certificate yesterday -- but saying he did -- Donald Trump took a second stab at it today. And it appears he got it right.

This time Trump's camp sent an "official" birth certificate to ABC News in an attempt to correct his previous error. This is what it the new one looks like:

That's a lot different than a hospital certificate of live birth, and Trump's camp acknowledged as much in a memo to ABC:

"A 'birth certificate' and a 'certificate of live birth' are in no way the same thing, even though in some cases they use some of the same words," wrote Trump staffer Thuy Colayco in a message to ABC News. "One officially confirms and records a newborn child’s identity and details of his or her birth, while the other only confirms that someone reported the birth of a child. Also, a 'certificate of live birth' is very easy to get because the standards are much lower, while a 'birth certificate' is only gotten through a long and detailed process wherein identity must be proved beyond any doubt. If you had only a certificate of live birth, you would not be able to get a proper passport from the Post Office or a driver’s license from the Department of Motor Vehicles. Therefore, there is very significant difference between a 'certificate of live birth' and a 'birth certificate' and one should never be confused with the other."

It's worth noting that the memo could come across as suggestive -- insinuating that maybe what Obama has been using is the certificate of live birth instead of an actual birth certificate. Key word, "could."

That begs the question: was this part of Trump's plan all along?

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