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Donald Trump was the 45th President of the United States. He is a Republican, a very successful businessman, and is well-known for producing and hosting the American TV series, The Apprentice.
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Key Facts & Information
Early and Personal Life
- Donald John Trump was born on June 14th, 1946, in New York City. He is the son of Fred and Mary Anne Trump, who owned a real estate firm, and he has four siblings: Mary Ann, Fred Jr., Elizabeth and Robert. Young Donald went to Kew-Forest School and then enrolled in the New York Military Academy when he was 13. He is a Presbyterian.
- He did not fight in the Vietnam War because he was deemed unfit due to a problem with his heels. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics in 1968.
- Donald Trump has married three times and has five children: Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric with his first wife, Ivana, his daughter Tiffany with second wife, Marla, and son Barron with third wife, Melania. His current wife, Melania, is a model from Slovenia.
- In 1971, Trump took over his parents’ real estate company and renamed it ‘The Trump Organization’. Throughout the course of his life, Trump has ventured into hundreds of other businesses, all of which are part of The Trump Organization.
- Trump Tower is perhaps Donald Trump’s most famous real estate. It is located in Midtown Manhattan and is the headquarters of The Trump Organization. It has 58 floors and was completed in 1983.
- He also owns and manages hundreds of houses, hotels, condominiums, casinos, golf courses and offices in the United States.
- In 1983, Donald Trump bought the New Jersey Generals, an American Football team.
- In 1988, Trump hosted WrestleMania. He has featured in many Wrestlemania events and is featured in the WWE Hall of Fame.
- From 1996 to 2015, Donald Trump co-owned the Miss Universe, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA beauty pageants.
- In 1999, Donald Trump started Trump Model Management, a model agency in Manhattan.
- In 2003, he became the host and executive producer of the US TV series, The Apprentice. Trump took part in 14 series of the show, and he has now been replaced as host by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Donald Trump’s Pre-presidency
- Donald Trump first attempted to run for President in the year 2000.
- In 2005, he opened Trump University, although the venture was soon derailed by legal issues.
- It is believed that Donald Trump is worth around $4.5 billion (USD) and, thus, he is one of the richest politicians in American history.
- He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and has appeared in
- Trump has been nominated for an Emmy award twice, in 2004 and 2005, both times for The Apprentice.
- In 2007, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his role in the program.
- It wasn’t until 2012 that Donald Trump sought to become the Republican presidential nominee, although he chose not to run for President in the 2012 election. He was a Republican in the 1980s but then switched to the Democrats in the early 2000s. In 2009 he returned to the Republicans, before leaving for a short stint as part of an independent party. He later returned to the Republicans.
- Donald Trump announced he would be running for President in June 2015. His presidential campaign focused on issues of immigration, national debt and Islamic terrorism.
- On November 8th, 2016, Donald Trump won the presidency of the United States. He received 306 electoral college votes and his opponent, Hillary Clinton, received 232.
- Trump received a smaller percentage of the popular vote than Clinton, however, who received 2.1% more.
- Donald Trump is the only U.S. President who does not have previous military or governmental experience.
- He was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States on January 20th, 2017.
“What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people”
~ Excerpt from Donald Trump’s inaugural speech, 2016
- In Trump’s first 100 days in office, he issued several executive orders including his plans of building a wall on the Mexico border, a travel ban from Muslim-majority countries like Syria, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, and Yemen, dismantling Obamacare, and U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement.
- In addition, he increased government spending for the military, veterans, and national security.
- Following decades of tension between North Korea and the United States, Trump met Kim Jong-Un in Singapore on June 12, 2018. The two leaders talked in private and signed joint statements in which Trump committed to providing security guarantees while Kim assured denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
- On July 16, 2018, Trump had a formal discussion with Russia’s Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland.
- In the November 2020 elections, Trump was defeated by Democrat Joe Biden, who served as Vice-President under President Obama.
- This defeat means he is the first president to serve only one term since George H.W. Bush (1989-1993).
- After the elections, Trump refused to concede and made a number of unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud.
Facts from Trump’s Presidency
- He is the third commander-in-chief to face impeachment. He was ultimately acquitted.
- Trump is highly criticized for his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic which saw millions of jobs lost and over 360,000 Americans die. Both Trump and Melania contracted Covid-19.
- Despite his controversial leadership, he maintained steady approval ratings throughout his term.
- Trump reshaped the federal judiciary by installing three Supreme Court justices, and 220 judges on the federal bench. By December 2019, his judicial appointments made up around 25% of the US circuit court judges. This is important because courts get the final say in US politics for years to come.
- Trump established a sixth branch of the US Armed Forces called Space Force. It is tasked with protecting US military assets in space.
- Trump played a major role in tax reforms during his term in office. His signature achievement was the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. It overhauled national tax codes which had not changed for decades and served to boost the economy. The law has yet to realise some of its goals.
- Trump signed the First Step Act into law in 2018. It seeks to reform the criminal justice system and mass incarceration and was passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.
- In line with his goal to end Islamic terrorism, Trump facilitated the defeat of ISIS’s caliphate. After years of effort led by the US, ISIS’s caliphate was finally defeated in March 2019.
- Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, the US stock market was reaching record levels.
- Trump is criticized for his response to a deadly neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which he refused to condemn right-wing violence and white supremacy.
- He is criticized for increasing division across the nation rather than unity, especially in the wake of the death of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement.
- Critics of Trump argue that he has elevated conspiracy theories and that his tactics mirror those of an authoritarian regime.
- Trump’s presidency is criticized for the declining reputation of America on the world stage through withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, reducing funding to NATO and criticizing US allies, while meeting with dictators such as Russia’s Putin, North Korea’s Jong-Un, Turkey’s Erdoğan, and Brazil’s Bolsonaro.
- Trump’s presidency took a hardline approach to immigration and he was criticized for separating immigrant children from their families and holding them in cages.
- Trump withdrew the US from the 2015 nuclear deal, which had severe effects for conflict in the Middle East. It’s one of his most unpopular decisions on the global stage.
- Trump’s decision to withdraw US troops from Syria is seen by many as a disastrous move as created a humanitarian crisis.
- Trump was unable to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) but has had some success in dismantling parts of the law.
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