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Texas Gov. Rick Perry and real estate mogul Donald Trump still appear to be unsure if President Barack Obama is an American citizen, even after Obama released his birth certificate.
In an interview with Parade Magazine, Perry was asked if he believed President Obama was born in the United States, and the Texas governor responded, "I have no reason to think otherwise."
The reporter remarked that the answer was not a definitive "yes," to which Perry offered, "Well, I don’t have a definitive answer, because he's never seen my birth certificate."
In a clear reference to Obama releasing his long form birth certificate, Perry was asked if he had seen the president's [birth certificate], to which the Republican presidential candidate responded, "I don’t know, have I?"
Perry was further queried if he doubted that Obama had released what he represented to the media, and Perry said, "I don’t know. I had dinner with Donald Trump the other night."
The reporter seemed unclear of Perry's comment and prompted the Texas governor to continue. Perry then explained that the topic of Obama's citizenship "came up."
The question was then asked whether Trump believed the president's released birth certificate to be real, and Perry responded, "He doesn't think it’s real." Perry added, "I don’t have any idea. It doesn't matter. He's the president of the United States. He's elected. It's a distractive issue."
The revelation that Trump still believes that Obama's birth certificate is a fake worth noting, considering that on the day the document was released, Trump quickly convened a news conference while visiting New Hampshire and said:
"Today, I'm very proud of myself because I've accomplished what nobody else was able to do, our president has finally released a birth certificate. [Obama] should have done it a long time ago. Why he didn't...I don't know," as reported by ABC News.
During the hubbub leading up to the release of Obama's birth certificate, a lawsuit was brought by a group of 40 individuals, who claimed that Obama did not adequately provide proof to certify that he was indeed a citizen of the United States.