Donald Trump

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Donald Trump is a successful businessman, entrepreneur, and television personality. He was born in Queens, New York, on June 14, 1946. He has engaged in many financial pursuits and has a net worth estimated 10 billion.[1] He graduated from the New York Military Academy in 1964 and first attended college at Fordham University for two years before transferring to the more competitive University of Pennsylvania and then completing his studies at the prestigious Wharton School of Finance and Commerce. Trump has five children. In February 2011, he announced that he is pro-life.

On June 16, 2015, Trump announced he was running for the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election.[2]

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Early life

Donald Trump attended the First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica, Queens. He told the Christian Broadcast Network that he still considers himself a Presbyterian and attends services for all major holidays and Sundays, and that "The Bible is certainly THE book." He receives Bibles from fans in the mail, and he either stores them or gives them away to others.[3]

Career

Donald Trump began his career at Trump Organization. In his college years, he helped revitalize one of his father's failing real estate ventures. Trump began opening hotels and casinos, which provided him with the cash flow to engage in other ventures. He owns the world-famous Trump Tower and is the founder of the publicly traded Trump Hotel Casinos & Resorts. Trump also owns the Trump brand, which sells a variety of items, such as bottled water, steak, and even mortgages. Trump has authored a number of books and weathered changing business fortunes, but despite the challenges that he has encountered, he has continued to be a successful businessman and entrepreneur.

Trump considered running for President in 2012 as a Republican. He questioned the citizenship of Barack Obama and his failure to produce his birth certificate, driving Obama's approval ratings below 40%. Obama then produced his birth certificate, which halted the drop in his low approval ratings. Trump later exited the race, and gave the customary endorsement to Mitt Romney as the other Republican contenders did.

Major Properties

  • Trump World Tower: 845 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY.
  • Trump Tower: 725 Fifth Ave, New York, NY 10022 Personal Residence
  • Trump Taj Mahal
  • Trump Marina
  • Bank of America Center (San Francisco)
  • The Trump Building at 40 Wall Street
  • Trump Plaza
  • Trump Park Avenue
  • Trump Entertainment Resorts
  • TrumpStreet Casino & Entertainment Complex, Philadelphia
  • AXA Financial Center, 1290 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY
  • Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago
  • Mar-A-Lago Palm Beach
  • Four golf courses in the U.S.

Media

In 2003 Trump began as the host and executive producer of the reality television show The Apprentice and The Celebrity Aprentice, where contestants compete for a position in Trump's organization. On this show, Trump popularized his catchphrase "You're fired!"

Trump owns the Miss Universe Pageant. Controversy arose when one of the winners, Tara Conner, was caught breaking pageant rules by drinking and other activities. Trump gave her a second chance after personally speaking with her and allowed her to retain her crown as she attended rehabilitation. For several weeks after this, Rosie O'Donnell berated Trump for his decision on The View. A bitter media war ensued with the two exchanging insults.

Trump has appeared on several TV shows and movies for guest appearances. He generally appears as himself.

Political Positions

Abortion

At the 2011 CPAC conference, Trump announced he is pro-life.[4]

Affordable Care Act

Trump intends to repeal Obamacare.[5]

Controversy with Barack Obama

Trump has also questioned Barack Obama's constitutional eligibility to be president, in light of the ongoing questions surrounding his birth certificate.[6]

Department of Education

At the 2011 CPAC conference, he stated that he wants to eliminate the Department of Education.[7]

Gun Control

Trump is against gun control.[8]

Political Contributions

He has been criticized for his substantial contributions to Democrat lawmakers; the majority of those lawmakers are located in the states he resides in: New York and Florida. The amount he has donated since 2008 is $25,000, which is insignficant considering his wealth.[9]

Tariffs

At the 2011 CPAC conference, he stated that he supports a 25% tariff on Chinese goods.[10]

Quotes from the 2016 campaign for President

  • I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.
  • I’m using my own money. I’m not using the lobbyists. I’m not using donors. I don’t care. I’m really rich.
  • Free trade is terrible. Free trade can be wonderful if you have smart people. But we have stupid people.
  • Nobody would be tougher on ISIS than Donald Trump. Nobody. Within our military, I will find the General Patton, or I will find General MacArthur, I will find the right guy.
  • I will build a great, great wall on our southern border and I will have Mexico pay for that wall.

Quotes from Twitter

  • "An 'extremely credible source' has called my office and told me that @BarackObama's birth certificate is a fraud."[11]
  • "This very expensive GLOBAL WARMING bull**** has got to stop. Our planet is freezing, record low temps,and our GW scientists are stuck in ice."[12]
  • "It’s amazing how people can talk about me but I’m not allowed to talk about them."[13]

Other Quotes

  • "[T]he country is going to hell."[14]
  • "We have no leader in this country.”[15]
  • "Our leaders are stupid, they are stupid people."[16]
  • "I can tell you I am [the 2012 Obama campaign's] worst nightmare."[17]
  • "Obama has no solutions."[18]

References

  1. We finally know a lot more about Donald Trump's 'massive' net worth, BusinessInsider, July 25, 2015
  2. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/06/16/trump-announces-white-house-bid-joins-crowded-gop-field/
  3. Donald Trump talks religion: 'I am a Christian' Politico, April 11, 2011
  4. Trump at CPAC points to White House run, The Daily Caller, February 10, 2011
  5. PRO-LIFE DONALD TRUMP WOULD ELIMINATE DEPT OF EDUCATION, IMPOSE 25% TAX ON CHINA IMPORTS IF PRESIDENT, Breitbart.tv, February 9, 2011
  6. Trump: Obama spending millions to hide his past, WorldNetDaily, March 28, 2011
  7. PRO-LIFE DONALD TRUMP WOULD ELIMINATE DEPT OF EDUCATION, IMPOSE 25% TAX ON CHINA IMPORTS IF PRESIDENT, Breitbart.tv, February 9, 2011
  8. PRO-LIFE DONALD TRUMP WOULD ELIMINATE DEPT OF EDUCATION, IMPOSE 25% TAX ON CHINA IMPORTS IF PRESIDENT, Breitbart.tv, February 9, 2011
  9. Donald Trump calls nation's leaders 'stupid people' and 'blood-sucking politicians', OTRC, April 30, 2011
  10. PRO-LIFE DONALD TRUMP WOULD ELIMINATE DEPT OF EDUCATION, IMPOSE 25% TAX ON CHINA IMPORTS IF PRESIDENT, Breitbart.tv, February 9, 2011
  11. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/232572505238433794
  12. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/418542137899491328
  13. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/268449146711703553
  14. http://www.bostonherald.com/news_opinion/us_politics/2015/03/country_is_going_to_hell_claims_donald_trump
  15. http://www.newsmax.com/InsideCover/donaldtrump-karlrove-gop-birther/2011/04/22/id/393742 Trump: I'd Just Take Libyan Oil, NewsMax, April 22, 2011
  16. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2011/04/donald-trump-in-vegas-our-leaders-are-stupid-they-are-stupid-people.html
  17. http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/04/11/trump-says-he-is-obama-campaigns-worst-nightmare/comment-page-6/
  18. http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/trump-gibbs-fox-obama/2012/08/19/id/449050/

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