Donald Trump is the 45th US President, business mogul, investor and 'television personality'. He was the boss on the US apprentice and now fills one of the most powerful roles in the world.
Donald John Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States on Tuesday, 8th November in a stunning culmination of an explosive, populist and polarizing campaign that took relentless aim at the institutions and long-held ideals of American democracy.
The surprise outcome, defying late polls that showed Hillary Clinton with a modest but persistent edge, threatened convulsions throughout the country and the world, where skeptics had watched with alarm as Mr. Trump’s unvarnished overtures to disillusioned voters took hold.
The triumph for Mr. Trump, 70, a real estate developer-turned-reality television star with no government experience, was a great rejection of the establishment forces that had assembled against him, from the world of business to government, and the consensus they had forged on everything from trade to immigration.
The results amounted to a repudiation, not only of Mrs. Clinton but of President Obama, whose legacy is suddenly imperiled. And it was a final demonstration of power by a largely overlooked coalition of mostly blue-collar white and working-class voters who felt that the promise of the United States had slipped their grasp amid decades of globalization and multiculturalism.
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Donald Trump’s Background and Education
Donald John Trump was born on June 14, 1946, in Queens, New York, the fourth of five children of Frederick C. and Mary MacLeod Trump. Frederick Trump was a builder and real estate developer who specialized in constructing and operating middle-income apartments in Queens, Staten Island, and Brooklyn. Donald was an energetic, assertive child, and his parents sent him to the New York Military Academy at age 13, hoping the discipline of the school would channel his energy in a positive manner.
Trump did well at the academy, both socially and academically, rising to become a star athlete and student leader by the time he graduated in 1964. He then entered Fordham University and two years later transferred to the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania, from which he graduated in 1968 with a degree in economics. During his years at college, Trump secured education deferments for the Vietnam War draft and ultimately a 1-Y medical deferment after he graduated.
“My impression from talking to Fordham students was he was making time until he figured out his next step,” Trump biographer Gwenda Blair told the New York Daily News. “It seemed like he found enough to get along, but he never seemed to be set on being a Fordham graduate. That wasn’t what he was headed for.”
Though Trump rarely mentions Fordham, he often flaunts his degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania; he graduated from the prestigious Ivy League school in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. According to The Daily Pennsylvanian, he said in a speech back in July, “I went to the Wharton School of Finance. I’m, like, a smart person.” He also told Meet the Press, that Wharton is “probably the hardest [school] there is to get into.” Trump frequently mentions the fact that he did very well at Wharton.
Donald Trump’s Family
Donald Trump met his wife Melania in 1998 at a Fashion Week party when she was a 28-year-old model. The Slovenia-born beauty caught his eye, and they began a long courtship, not getting married until 2005. In an interview with Harper's Bazaar, Melania said that she refused to give Donald her number the night they met because he was at the party with a date. Together they have a nine-year-old son, Barron.
Of his five children, Donald Trump's most famous offspring is his daughter Ivanka Trump. The former model, fashion designer, and real estate developer is a product of his marriage with his first wife, Ivana. Ivanka currently has two children with her husband Jared Kushner and is pregnant with her third child.
Not only is Trump's oldest son Donald Trump Jr. named after his father, but he is also following in his footsteps. The 38-year-old holds the position of Executive Vice President at The Trump Organization. His wife Vanessa Trump, formally Haydon, is a former model who was signed to Wilhelmina Models. According to New York Magazine, she also dated Leonardo DiCaprio when she was 20! Together the couple has five children.
Trump's third-born Eric was his last child with his ex-wife Ivana. Eric is Executive Vice President of Development and Acquisitions at The Trump Organization and also has a charity that benefits St. Jude Children's Hospital. He married his wife Lara in 2014, who is a former personal trainer. Donald Trump's lesser-known daughter Tiffany is a student at the University of Pennsylvania and an aspiring model. The 22-year-old, who is the daughter of Trump and his second wife Marla Maples, made her New York Fashion Week debut in Feb. 2016. Donald Trump's youngest child is nine-year-old Barron. His son with Melania is still in elementary school, but if history is any indication, we bet he'll hold a position at The Trump Organization when he's older. Donald Trump married his second wife, actress and TV personality, Marla Maples, in 1993. The two had one daughter together, Tiffany, before divorcing in 1999. It was recently announced that Marla would be on the newest season of "Dancing with the Stars."
Donald Trump is a grandfather to seven children! Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have two kids together, Arabella and Joseph (not pictured). She is also currently pregnant with her third child, who is due in early 2016.
Donald Trump's Campaign promises
Trump's political positions and his descriptions of his beliefs have frequently changed, and often been vague or contradictory. Politicians have described his positions as "eclectic, improvisational and often controversial." As of late October 2016, NBC News identified "138 distinct shifts on 23 major issues" that Trump has made since announcing his presidential campaign. In July 2016, PolitiFact counted 17 times when Trump said one thing and then denied having said it.
Trump's proposals include elements from across the political spectrum. For example, he has proposed sizable income tax cuts and deregulation consistent with conservative (Republican Party) policies, along with significant infrastructure investment and protection for entitlements for the elderly, typically considered liberal (Democratic Party) policies. His anti-globalization policies of trade protectionism and immigration reduction cross party lines. Trump has said that he is "totally flexible on very, very many issues." Trump's "signature issue" is illegal immigration, and in particular building or expanding a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. As of October 2016, Trump's campaign had posted fourteen categories of policy proposals on his website.
Donald Trump’s Foreign policy
After crisscrossing the country making his last urgent claims to the White House, Donald Trump has done it. His shortcomings as President-elect appear particularly glaring on foreign policy, where – so it would seem – his priorities can be summed up on the back of an envelope: bring Mr. Putin in, keep the Mexicans out and make other countries pay a proper price for US protection.
And it is what would be called in today’s parlance fiercely “transactional”: wanting something for something, as manifested in Mr. Trump’s view that US allies should have to pay much more for their defense guarantees and that free trade deals have been to the disadvantage of American workers.
What must also be recognized is that, while all these elements, individually and cumulatively, may reflect Donald Trump’s business-eye view of the world, they also appeal to many Americans. In today’s US, that would include especially those towards the bottom of the economic pile, whose wages have been most affected by cheap, illegal or exported labor and whose sons and daughters have been disproportionately on the front line in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Donald Trump’s Business
Donald Trump is well-known in the real estate world and has sold some of the most expensive properties in the U.S. The Trump Organization real estate portfolio includes properties in Virginia, Illinois, Florida, New Jersey, Nevada, California, New York, Connecticut and Hawaii. New York makes up the bulk of this portfolio with ownership of some of the most expensive and tallest properties in the state. His International properties can be found in Canada, Turkey, Panama, South Korea, the Philippines, India, and Uruguay.
The Trump Organization is a stakeholder in several properties in the Vornado Realty Trust portfolio. This includes the 555 California Street Tower in San Francisco and 1290 Avenue of the Americas in New York City.
Donald Trump about immigration
In his successful campaign for the presidency, Trump has made controversial comments about immigrants in America, angering many, including several companies with which he had business relationships.
The controversy surrounding Trump has harmed the media assets of The Trump Organization the most. The company owns ‘The Apprentice’ and the Miss Universe, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA Pageants. Univision, a subsidiary of Grupo Televisa, decided against airing pageants on its channels due to the comments regarding immigrants made by Trump. NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast, ended its business relationship with Trump and will discontinue using Trump on 'Celebrity Apprentice.'
The home and clothing companies of The Trump Organization are also taking a hit due to Trump’s brash comments. The Donald J. Trump Signature Collection, which includes dress shirts and ties, was pulled by Macy’s stores. However, the clothes can still be found on Amazon’s website. Moreover, The Donald Trump home brand, which was used by Serta, was pulled from the mattress brand's stores’.
Donald Trump talks about Obama
Donald Trump finally admitted Friday that "President Barack Obama was born in the United States," reversing himself on the issue that propelled him into national politics five years ago.
Trump sought to end his longstanding attempt to discredit the nation's first African-American president with just a few sentences tacked on at the end as he unveiled his new hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington.
But the issue isn't likely to die down any time soon -- especially as Trump continues to falsely blame Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for starting the "birtherism" controversy. Clinton said earlier Friday that Trump's acknowledgment of Obama's birthplace doesn't go far enough and that he must also apologize.
"For five years, he has led the movement to delegitimize our first black president," Clinton said at an event in Washington. "His campaign was founded on this outrageous lie."
Donald Trump talks about guns
Donald Trump has repeatedly accused his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton of stripping away gun rights.
Donald Trump's opinion on gun control hasn't been very clear in the past, and he has reversed his positions on the issue in recent years.
One thing Trump's 2016 presidential platform is clear on is protecting the rights of gun owners and preventing any legislation that impedes their right to bear arms.
The Republican candidate has railed against Clinton's proposals to tighten gun laws and impose certain restrictions on firearm sales.
Trump asserts that an "overwhelming majority of people who go through background checks are law-abiding gun owners" and that too many states fail to put criminal and mental-health records into the database system correctly.
Donald Trump wants to focus on fixing defective gun legislation already in place, instead of expanding on it to avoid infringing on the Second Amendment rights of Americans.
"What we need to do is fix the system we have and make it work as intended. What we don’t need to do is expand a broken system," Trump says on his campaign website.
Trump has called for expanding mental-health treatment programs as well as "fixing" our "broken" mental-health system that has allowed "red flags" to slip through the cracks. And while he has called for getting violent people "off the streets," he argues that regulations inspired by shooting incidents involving the mentally ill often penalize gun owners in the aggregate.
'And why does this matter to law-abiding gun owners? Once again, because they get blamed by antigun politicians, gun-control groups, and the media for the acts of deranged madmen," Trump said.
Trump has been unclear about how he would "fix" the mental-health system.
The End of the Race
In the end, Trump passed the magical 270-vote barrier with relative ease.
The Republican crossed the line by winning Wisconsin, giving him an unassailable tally of 276.
His win in Florida proved to be the critical moment after a nip-and-tuck tussle in the Sunshine State.
Clinton’s slowly realized throughout the night that the Presidency might be slipping from her grasp.
And the Democrat finally conceded defeat to Trump on the telephone at 7.30am this morning.