Donald Trump’s ‘very big’ announcement

The "very big" announcement that Donald Trump promised is ... an offer to donate $5 million to charity if President Obama releases his college records and applications, along with his passport records and applications. Deadline: Oct. 31 at 5 p.m.

Trump calls it "a deal that I don't believe he can refuse." So if this announcement disappointed you, take heart in the fact that the real estate magnate appears to be headed for an unfortunate shock. 

Asked about the reality TV mogul's offer, Obama campaign strategist David Plouffe told a Washington Post reporter: "Direct those questions to Boston, because Trump is Mitt Romney's biggest supporter, so he owns everything he says."

The "Apprentice" star, who endorsed Romney in February, has previously suggested that the Republican candidate demand Obama's college and passport records in exchange for his own tax returns. Some conservatives believe that Obama's transcripts will prove that he was a bad student who benefited from affirmative action. The passport demand stems from a conspiracy theory that Obama used a non-American passport to travel to Pakistan in 1981. 

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