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Donald Trump Suggests He'll Fund White House Tours

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- If White House tours resume before the sequester issue is resolved then visitors might have Donald Trump to thank.

Last week, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich floated the idea that Trump could afford to pay for the tours, estimated at about $74,000 a week, "to show who cares more for American students."

Interviewed Monday on Fox News' Fox & Friends, the real estate magnate and host of NBC's Celebrity Apprentice seemed open to the idea when asked, saying, "It sounds reasonable to me.  Why not?"

As for why the Obama administration decided to cancel the White House tours, one of the top things to do on any visit to D.C., Trump theorized, "I guess it’s political.  They want to hurt the people…If you look at what’s going on, I guess they’re trying to make a political point.  It’s just really ridiculous.  I don’t think it’s a big deal, frankly.  But it does make us look awfully bad and awfully pathetic."

The administration says the tours were suspended due to the sequester that took effect on March 1.

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Donald Trump Gets 2013 CPAC Speaking Slot

Andy Kropa/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Donald is back.

The real estate mogul who hosts his own reality television show, flirted with a presidential bid and seems never to be far from the headlines has been offered a speaking slot at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference that will be held next week in the Washington, D.C. area.

“Donald Trump is an American patriot and success story with a massive following among small government conservatives,” American Conservative Union Chairman Al Cardenas said in a statement on Tuesday. “I look forward to welcoming him back to the CPAC stage next week. Mr. Trump’s previous CPAC appearance was hugely popular among our attendees and we expect it will be even more popular this year.”

Trump appeared at the conference in 2011 under very different circumstances. Back then, he was considering a race for the White House.

“If I run and if I win,” he said in February of that year, “this country will be respected again. I can tell you that.”

Later that year, Trump announced he would not be a candidate, Mitt Romney eventually won the Republican nomination and the rest is history. Trump’s special counsel and chief political adviser, Michael Cohen, said that Trump “is more popular today that ever and his attendance will undoubtedly generate incredible attendance figures.”

He added, “Mr. Trump remains concerned with the economic future of this country as well as our continued unfair trade practices with foreign countries. I suspect these are a few of the topics Mr. Trump will touch upon during his speech.”

And while those who attend the gathering will hear from Trump, they won’t see other prominent Republicans like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, neither of whom were invited to the conference.

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Donald Trump Talks More About $5M Offer to Obama on "Late Show"

ABC/Donna Svennevik(NEW YORK) -- Earlier this week, Donald Trump said he’ll have a check for $5 million ready for President Obama to donate to his favorite charity if Obama releases his college transcripts.

In fact, the real estate mogul and host of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice told the host of CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday that he’ll sweeten the pot if he likes what he sees.  The offer will be rescinded at 5 p.m. Eastern time on Oct. 31.

A skeptical Letterman, who has openly questioned why Trump is obsessed with finding out if the president was actually born in the U.S., asked why Trump is so interested in the college records when Obama is not legally obligated to release them.

Running off a list of other presidential candidates in the past who have revealed their college records, Trump, who supports Mitt Romney, says he wants “transparency” and also remarked that it would show where the president was born.

Letterman, who alternately appeared amused and aggravated with Trump, said the president should be above coercion and blackmail, something his guest bristled at.

When Letterman suggested that it would only be fair for Romney to release the 10 years of tax returns the Obama campaign has demanded, Trump said he would be open to a swap: the tax filings for the Obama college records.

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Donald Trump Hints At ‘Wild’ Role at Republican Convention

Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump is keeping his Republican National Convention role a secret for now, but on Wednesday he hinted that whatever it is -- it’s going to be “pretty wild.”

The real estate and reality television mogul who has remained in the 2012 political mix even after declining to launch his own presidential bid last year said in a pair of interviews with Fox Business Network’s Don Imus and Fox News’ Neil Cavuto that he had been invited by the Republican Party to speak at the convention in Tampa, but that he may have even bigger plans in store.

“They’ve asked me to speak,” Trump told Imus. “I may do it, but I don’t think you can do both.  And you’ll understand when you see what I’m doing. So, it will be one or the other.”

Trump added, “I am doing something that I think is going to be I think really amazing. It’s going to be great.  And we’ll see what happens.  I mean, we’ll see how it’s received. But it will be pretty wild.  I think it will be potent.  We’ll see.”

It is likely that Trump’s “wild” appearance will take place on the opening day of the week-long convention that begins on Aug. 27. One day earlier he will be receiving the Statesman of the Year award from the Sarasota Republican Party.

Earlier this month an aide to Trump said he would play a “major role” at the convention where delegates will officially nominate Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to the GOP presidential ticket.

In Wednesday’s interview, Trump described Romney’s decision to tap Ryan as his running mate as a “bold choice.”

“There’s a lot of revitalization going on right now in the Republican Party,” Trump said. “A lot of people are very happy about it.”

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Trump to Have ‘Major Role’ at GOP Convention, His Aide Claims

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump will have a “major role” at the Republican National Convention, an aide to the real estate mogul tells ABC News.

Trump heads to Tampa the day after receiving the Statesman of the Year award from the Sarasota GOP and will be in Tampa to kick off the start of the Republican National Convention on Aug. 27.

“While I am not at liberty to disclose the specifics of Mr. Trump’s time at the RNC, I can say he will be playing a major role and was happy to honor Gov. Romney’s request to participate in convention events in Tampa,” Trump aide Michael Cohen told ABC News.

The RNC has been rolling out its list of speakers and VIP guests for the convention this week, but Trump’s name and any official role have not been mentioned. Cohen said Trump’s role at the convention will be detailed in a matter of days.

“This is something unique and interesting that will be memorable for the convention-goers as well as those across the nation watching from home,” Cohen said.

GOP convention press secretary Kyle Downey declined to comment on Trump’s claim.

“We have announced several headliners earlier this week and will continue to announce more, including the keynote, in the days and weeks ahead,” Downey said.

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Trump Angling for Invitation to GOP Convention

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- If anybody could liven up things at the Republican National Convention later this month, it would be Donald Trump. The real estate magnate and host of NBC's Celebrity Apprentice said as much himself Monday on Fox News' Fox and Friends.

Trump, who briefly entertained running for president while doubting the U.S. citizenship of President Obama, said about a possible invitation by Republicans, "I know they want me to. I’ll see what happens."

After initial misgivings about the candidate, Trump decided to endorse Mitt Romney for president earlier this year, and the presumptive nominee's campaign seems to have welcomed Trump's support.

Even if Trump is not invited to speak at the convention, he will be in Florida the day before to receive a "Statesman of the Year" award from the Sarasota Republican Party.

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Trump, Romney Fundraising in NYC; ‘Dine with The Donald’ Delayed

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After the Supreme Court ruling on the health care law Thursday morning, several media outlets reported that the Romney campaign had canceled all New York City events Thursday with Donald Trump.

Fear not, says Trump Executive Vice President and Special Counsel Michael Cohen, the show will go on. “The much-talked-about ‘Dine with The Donald’ luncheon was postponed to a later date (to be determined) so that Gov. Romney could remain in Washington, D.C., to respond to the court’s decision,” Cohen said. The Romney campaign has been running a promotion offering one lucky supporter the chance to break bread with both Romney and Trump in exchange for a campaign donation.

Although the lunch event was rain checked, Thursday night’s dinner fundraiser at the private residence of Martin Zweig will go on as planned. The dinner at Zweig's residence in the Pierre Hotel is reported to have raised millions of dollars and will host more than 50 guests.

The Apprentice star and real estate mogul will apparently get together with the GOP hopeful Thursday evening, however. “Despite the multitude of erroneous reports today, I can assure you Mr. Trump and Gov. Romney both look forward to seeing one another this evening,” Cohen added.

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Will Mitt Romney Dine With Donald Trump Thursday?

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- So, what exactly is Mitt Romney doing on Thursday? Is he dining with The Donald or will Trump have to dine alone?

It’s all a bit of a mystery as Donald Trump’s camp is saying The Dine with Donald Raffle winner- whose identity is not known – will dine with Romney and Trump tomorrow. The meal will be held at The Pierre at the private residence of stock investor and financial analyst Martin Zweig.

Later on Thursday night, Romney has a $50,000 a head fundraiser at the same residence at The Pierre Hotel in Manhattan.

But, that’s not what the Romney camp is saying. They actually aren’t commenting on the Thursday events to ABC, although Trump took to Twitter to promote the events. The event is a fundraising raffle where small-dollar donors from all over the country got a chance to enter to win and have dinner with Trump and the presumptive GOP nominee.

It’s the same day the Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of the president’s health care legislation.

On Tuesday, Trump tweeted, “Looking forward to the “Dine with Mitt and Donald” this Thursday. Can’t wait to meet the lucky winner. @MittRomney”

Romney aides did not respond to questions from ABC News as to whether the meal with Trump and the winner is happening Thursday.

The two last appeared together in May at a fundraiser in Las Vegas.  It was the day before Romney racked up enough delegates to become the party’s presumptive nominee, but it was overshadowed by the reality show and real estate tycoon’s comments about President Obama’s citizenship.

Trump belongs to a group that believes the president was not born in this country and therefore is not a “natural born citizen” as required by the Constitution to be president of the United States.

The president released his birth certificate last April, but some still question its legitimacy.

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Romney Won’t Tell Trump to Stop Birther Comments

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Nobody wants to tell Donald Trump what to do or say, and that includes the presumptive Republican nominee for president Mitt Romney.

In an interview this afternoon with CNBC, Romney declined again to condemn Trump’s remarks throughout the week that claimed President Obama was not, in fact, born in the United States.

Asked why he doesn’t just tell Trump to “knock it off” with the birther comments, Romney responded, “Well I disagree with it -- I think that there’s no question but the president was born in the United States of America.”

“I don’t go around telling all my supporters what they should think or what they should say but he knows what I believe about this,” said Romney. “I think the real issues of this campaign and the issues Americans care about are not issues of the president’s personality or matters of that nature, but instead the issue is the president in a position to lead Americans and get inside of these economic goal posts and put families back to work.”

Trump spent the beginning of this week monopolizing news coverage with his birther claims, the same week he held a high-dollar fundraiser for Romney in Las Vegas, leading to questions as to why the candidate did not distance himself more from the comments.

Romney said earlier in the week that he realizes he will not agree with everything his supporters say and that they will not always agree with him.

At the fundraiser, held Tuesday night at the Trump International Hotel, President Obama’s birthplace was not mentioned.

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Gingrich Contradicts Trump, Says Obama Was Born in Hawaii

Peter Foley/Bloomberg via Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- Former presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said Tuesday that he believes President Obama was born in Hawaii, despite the birther controversy perpetuated by Donald Trump ahead of a high-dollar fundraiser Tuesday night in honor of Mitt Romney.

“Governor Romney is not distracted, the Republican party is not distracted,” Gingrich said when asked about how Trump’s claims that Obama was not born in the United States might not serve Romney’s candidacy well. “We believe this is an American-born, job-killing president.”

Trump has spent the past several days calling into question the president’s place of birth. Romney has not explicitly distanced himself from the comments, saying only that he does not agree with everything his supporters say just as they do not always agree with him. A campaign aide later said that Romney has always maintained that he believes Obama was born in the U.S.

“Other people may believe that he was born somewhere else and still kills jobs, but that’s an argument over background,” said Gingrich, speaking in the lobby of the Trump International Hotel where he will attend a fundraiser expected to raise more than $2 million for Romney’s campaign.

“I’m happy to say I believe he was born in Hawaii,” Gingrich said.

Asked if he thought he should suggest to Trump to back down from his birther claims, Gingrich said, “Far be it from me to suggest to the Donald what he should do.”

“I’m not afraid of him, I just know it’s hopeless to suggest anything to him about what he should do,” said Gingrich.

Gingrich abandoned his bid for the presidency earlier this month and threw his support behind Romney.

Gingrich rebuffed a question about when he’d release the delegates he was awarded during the primary, answering bluntly, “When it’s appropriate.”

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