Donald Trump is to claim that he has unearthed divorce papers of Michelle Obama and the President, according to a respected financial pundit with links to the tycoon.
It is alleged that the eccentric real estate mogul will claim that the documents show the First Lady and the President were at one point in their two decades of marriage seriously considering splitting up.
Trump set the hare running on Monday by claiming that he was set to make an announcement on Wednesday that would be ‘bordering on gigantic’ and that it would ‘possibly’ change the Presidential race.
‘Gigantic’: Author and investor Douglas Kass (left) claimed that Donald Trump (right) has ‘unearthed divorce papers’ between the President and his wife.
Affection: It is not the first time there’s been claims the Obama marriage was in trouble, but the President and the First Lady showed nothing but tenderness towards each other on the debate stage last night.
The billionaire told Fox & Friends that he had ‘something very, very big concerning the president of the United States’. ‘It’s going to be very big. I know one thing- you will cover it in a very big fashion’.
Trump declined to elaborate, but today an investor who appears on the same business talk show as him claimed to have more details.
Douglas Kass, a Florida-based investor who appears on CNBC’s talkshow ‘Squawkbox’ where Trump is often a commentator, tweeted to his 48,000 followers: ’High above the Alps my Gnome has heard that Donald Trump will announce that he has unearthed divorce papers between the Prez and his wife.’
Gnome: Douglas Kass’ tweet this morning. He and Trump appear on CNBC’s business show Squawkbox regularly.
When asked about the Tweet, Trump spokeswoman Holly Lorenzo told MailOnline: ‘All we know is that he is going to announce it on his Twitter and Facebook accounts tomorrow. I don’t know what time it will be, that’s all I know.’
Interviews with both Kass and Trump appeared on the show’s website this morning.
Kass is an author, the founder and President of Seabreeze Partners Management and has also appeared in newspapers including the Wall St Journal and the New York Times.
The claims about divorce papers have previously been made in a book released earlier this year by author Ed Klein. The White House rubbished the allegations then and claimed Klein had a history of making things up.
Trump also has a questionable record when it comes to his own allegations, most notably being a leading ‘birther’, so-called because he believes Obama was born in Kenya and not Hawaii, thus disqualifying him from being President of the United States.
The host of The Apprentice even claimed to have sent investigators to Hawaii in his failed attempt to prove the theory.
Despite the support of the Tea Party the issue went away when the President released the long form of his birth certificate last year.
Friends and enemies: Trump and Obama are very public enemies but the billionaire mogul has endorsed Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
The President also spent a portion of his speech at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner in April 2011 taking jabs at Trump.
He said: ‘Now, I know that he’s taken some flak lately, but no one is happier, no one is prouder to put this birth certificate matter to rest than the Donald.
‘And that’s because he can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter – like, did we fake the moon landing? What really happened in Roswell? And where are Biggie and Tupac?’
The two men have however remained very public enemies. Obama has branded Trump a ‘carnival barker’ and Trump in reply refers to the incumbent as ‘the worst president ever’ and even threatened to run against him.
He toured New Hampshire and said very clearly that he was seriously contemplating a shot at the presidency. Later he became something of a political touchstone for the various Republican candidates and eventually endorsed Mitt Romney.
Anniversary: The Obama’s recently celebrated their wedding anniversary and are pictured here on their big day on October 3, 1992.
A FEW BUMPS BUT 20 YEARS OF DEVOTION
The Obamas recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary, marking two decades of love and devotion to each other.
The milestone fell on Wednesday October 3 which was the same date as the President’s first debate with Republican rival Mitt Romney. That Saturday they made up for it with a romantic dinner at the Bourbon Steak at the Four Seasons hotel in Washington, DC.
To mark the occasion Mr Obama tweeted: ‘Twenty years ago today, I married the love of my life and my best friend. Happy anniversary, Michelle.’
His wife Tweeted back: ‘Happy 20th anniversary, Barack. Thank you for being an incredible partner, friend and father every day. I love you!’
The Obama’s journey together when she was a 25-year-old Michelle Robinson and he was a 27-year-old lawyer in the making. They met at the Chicago corporate law office where she was his mentor, and neither have looked back from there.
She supported him during his failed bid to be the Democrat challenger for a Chicago House seat in 2000. She was also at his side four years later when he tried for a Senate seat in Illinois and won.
According to author Jodi Kantor, who has written about the Obamas, now they are in the White House they are known as being ‘introverted’ and are not Washington schmoozers.
Family seems to be their priority and the couple have also often spoken of how they insist on both being at the dinner table every day so that they can eat with their two children, Malia, 14, and Sasha, 11.
In interviews, the Obamas have in the past admitted going through a rocky patch but now say they have patched things up and are stronger than ever.
But they have not lost their sense of humour and Mr Obama has previously joked that his wife forgot their first wedding anniversary, which fell on a Saturday.
She supposedly told him: ‘What’s on Saturday?’
In Klein’s book, called ‘The Amateur’, he claimed that Mrs Obama prepared the divorce papers to separate from the President in 2000 following his disastrous attempt to win a House seat in Chicago.
After he lost miserably the future First Lady was supposedly disgusted that her husband had put at risk their ‘stable and secure future’.
The book claims their marriage – in its eighth year at the time – was ‘on the rocks’ with Mr Obama so depressed some of his friends feared he was suicidal.
In the end Mr Obama ran for a Senate seat in Illinois and won it in, assuming office in 2005 and restoring her faith in him.
Among the other claims in Klein’s book are that Bill Clinton branded Mr Obama an ‘amateur’, which was denied by the former President.
The Obamas, who have two children, Malia, 14, and Sasha, 11, have now been married for 20 years and repeatedly share publicly their continued affections and love for each other.
MailOnline has received no response from Kass or the White House.