Donald J. Trump was born on June 14th, 1946 in Queens, New York to Fred and Mary Anne Trump. Trump’s father Fred Trump was born in New York City, but his grandfather was an immigrant from Kallstadt, Germany. Trump’s mother Mary Anne Macleod was from Tong, Scotland and married Fred Trump in New York in 1936. His father would build up the real-estate and construction business that Trump would inherit later in life and rename The Trump Organization.
Trump has been described as being an energetic child which is why his parents enrolled him in the New York Military Academy at the of 13. They hoped that more discipline would help him concentrate on his studies. At the academy, he was an accomplished student and star football, soccer and baseball athlete. After completing his high school diploma at the military academy, Trump began studying at the Fordham University in the Bronx in August 1964. Two years later, he transferred to the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania. Here, he completed his Bachelor of Science degree in economics in 1968.
During his studies, Trump worked with his father and after completing his degree joined the family company Elizabeth Trump & Son. Trump’s career as a real estate and business tycoon flourished after taking over his father’s business in 1971. Now his business, he renamed and branded The Trump Organization. As a real-estate tycoon, Trump was involved in building and renovation projects in New York and across the USA. He is well-known for The Grand Hyatt Hotel, Trump Towers, his casinos and golf courses. His real estate career is marked by several bust and boom periods. In 1987, Trump and Tony Schwartz published the book Trump: The Art of the Deal and it was number one on the New York Times Best Seller list for 13 weeks. Trump has authored a total of 14 books. In 2004, Trump became the star of the NBC reality show, The Apprentice and its spinoff The Celebrity Apprentice.
Trump first announced his interest in becoming president in 1987 and repeatedly hinted towards running until he actually announced his candidacy for the 2016 presidential elections on June 16th, 2015 from the Trump Towers. Despite not having any political experience, Trump became the Republican nominee in June 2016. On November 8th, 2016, the American people elected Donald J. Trump as the 45th president and on January 20th, 2017, he was inaugurated as the United States of America.
WIFE: Melania Knauss (1970 -) married on January 22, 2005; Marla (Maples) Trump (1963-) married from 1993-1999; Ivana Zelnicek (1949-) married from 1977-1990
CHILDREN: Donald Trump Jr. (1977-), Ivanka Trump (1981-), Eric Trump (1984-), Tiffany Trump (1993-), Barron Trump (2006-)
PROFESSION: Real estate developer, Entrepreneur
PARTY AFFILIATION: Republican
PRESIDENTIAL SALARY: USD 400,000 a year + USD 50,000 Expenses
RESULTS OF THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS 2016:
|Popular Vote||Electoral Votes|
|Donald J. Trump||62,979,879||306|
|Hillary R. Clinton||65,844,954||232|
VICE PRESIDENT: Mike Pence (1959- )
PRESIDENCY (2017- )
Donald J. Trump won one of the most divisive and surprising presidential elections in U.S.-history. At the start of his term, it is difficult to predict what the next four years will bring for the USA and it remains to be seen which campaign promises he will uphold. During his campaign, Trump has supported building a wall on the border to Mexico and curbing immigration as well as strengthening the vetting process for new immigrants.
In terms of the economy, he has promised to cut corporate tax and overhaul the tax code in general. In order to keep the U.S.-market from being flooded with goods made abroad, Trump wants to impose a higher tax on imported goods. He wants to re-negotiate NAFTA and keep as many jobs in the United States.
On the top of his list for his current term in office, Trump has promised to replace The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) with a new healthcare system to lighten the burden of healthcare costs for Americans. Also on the list of concerns for the president are America’s role in NATO, the Word Trade Organization, and the Paris Climate Agreement.
"We have to straighten out our country; we have to make our country great again, and we need energy and enthusiasm." (Donald J. Trump)