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Donald Trump has a flair for attracting media attention. Over the past few days, the celebrity businessman has had the media and public, alike, wondering about a big announcement he's been teasing. And here it is: If President Barack Obama releases all of his college and passport records, Trump will give a check for $5 million dollars to a charity of Obama's choice.
Prior to the announcement, Trump heralded the coming proclamation as "something very, very big." And promptly delivered on his promise to release the information at 12:00 p.m. ET. While some expected a bombshell that was, indeed, "big," instead, Trump made the aforementioned offer, giving viewers (he delivered it via video) no new information about the commander-in-chief. The deadline for Obama to deliver these materials is October 31.
Earlier this morning, before the announcement, Trump took to Twitter where he wrote, "Story will be released today at 12 noon EST on Twitter and Facebook." In a subsequent Tweet he took aim at news reports that have attempted to crack the code on the subject of his forthcoming bulletin.
On Thursday, Trump also used Facebook to also drum up curiosity about the announcement among his 489,000+ fans. He wrote, "This is not a media event or about Donald J. Trump--- this is about the United States of America. I will be making the announcement on Facebook and Twitter tomorrow."
Watch Trump's announcement, which was linked to on Twitter and Facebook, below:
Below, watch Blaze editors react to the announcement:
And here's a copy of Trump's press release regarding the offer (notice the doubt that Trump, once again, casts on Obama's birth certificate):
Last night, TheBlaze reported on some of the potential options regarding what the announcement would be. While some thought that it would center upon the Obamas' (alleged) never-before-seen divorce papers, Paddy Powers bookies had a diverse list of their own potential Trump announcements (some also said Trump was poised to announce that Obama sold cocaine in college -- an allegation that the businessman's representatives quickly denied).
Trump, again and again, has made his disdain for the president known. On Tuesday, as he was teasing his announcement, he tweeted, "If you like having the world collapse and being told America is leading from behind -- vote Obama."