More and more informed observers in Washington, DC are beginning to take note of Donald Trump’s often inane comments. On two recent separate occasions, the 72-year-old Trump insisted that his father was born in Germany, which is not true according to New York state birth records. Trump’s father, Fred Trump, was born in The Bronx in 1905.
Trump told visiting NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at a White House press gathering, “My father is German. Right. Was German. And born in a very wonderful place in Germany and so I have a great feeling for Germany.”
Trump’s insistence that his father was born in Germany was not the first error Trump has conveyed about his father’s birth status. In his book, “The Art of the Deal,” Trump wrote that his grandfather, Friedrich Trump, “came here from Sweden as a child.” It was Trump’s grandfather who was born in Germany, specifically in Kallstadt in the then-Kingdom of Bavaria, in 1869. After an early career running restaurants and brothels in the Seattle area and Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory, Trump’s grandfather eventually landed in