Real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump often questioned whether or not President Obama was eligible to be president by suggesting he wasn’t born in the U.S., even after President Obama produced his short and long form birth certificates.
Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas-R) announced today at Liberty University that he was running for president in 2016, something Trump is also considering.
During an interview with My Fox New York this morning, Trump called in and questioned whether or not Sen. Cruz could be president because of his Canadian birthplace: Calgary, Alberta.
Well, he's got, you know, a hurdle that nobody else seems to have at this moment. It’s a hurdle, somebody could certainly look at it very seriously. He was born in Canada. If you know and when we all studied our history lessons, you are supposed to be born in this country, so I just don't know how the courts will rule on it.
Earlier in the segment, Trump claimed that Sen. Cruz used one of his lines:
Well, you know, the line of "Make America great again," the phrase, that was mine, I came up with it about a year ago, and I kept using it, and everybody's now using it, they are all loving it. I don’t know I guess I should copyright it, maybe I have copyrighted it.
However, Bloomberg News notes that many legal experts believe Sen. Cruz is eligible to run for president because his mother was an American citizen when she gave birth to him, making him a natural-born U.S. citizen.
Trump brought up the same question about Sen. Cruz during an interview with ABC News in 2013 (video below).