Donald John Trump, Sr.
(born June 14, 1946) is an American business magnate, inv
estor, television personality and author. He is the chairman and president of Th
e Trump Organization and the founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts. Trump's ext
ravagant lifestyle, outspoken manner, and role on the NBC reality show The Appre
ntice have made him a well-known celebrity who was No. 17 on the 2011 Forbes Cel
ebrity 100 list.
Considered one of best known real estate entrepreneurs in the United States, Tru
mp is the son of Fred Trump, a wealthy New York City real-estate developer. He w
orked for his father's firm, Elizabeth Trump & Son, while attending the Wharton
School of the University of Pennsylvania, and in 1968 officially joined the comp
any. He was given control of the company in 1971 and renamed it The Trump Organi
In 2010, Trump expressed an interest in becoming a candidate for President of th
e United States in the 2012 election, though in May 2011, he announced he would
not be a candidate. Trump was a featured speaker at the 2013 Conservative Politi
cal Action Conference (CPAC). In 2013, Trump spent over $1 million to research a
possible run for president of the United States in 2016.
== Early life and education ==
Trump was born in Queens, New York City, New York. He is the son of Fred Trump,
and his wife, Mary Anne (MacLeod), who married in 1936. His mother was born on t
he Isle of Lewis, off the west coast of Scotland. Donald was one of five childre
n. Donald's oldest brother, Fred Jr., died in 1981 at the age of 43. Trump's pat
ernal grandparents were German immigrants. His grandfather, Frederick Trump (né Fr
iedrich Drumpf), emigrated to the United States in 1885 and became a naturalized
American citizen in 1892. Frederick married Elisabeth Christ (October 10, 1880 –
June 6, 1966) at Kallstadt, Kingdom of Bavaria, Germany, on August 26, 1902. The
y had three children.
Trump attended The Kew-Forest School, Forest Hills, New York, as did some of his
siblings. At age 13 after having some difficulties there, his parents sent him
to the New York Military Academy (NYMA), hoping to direct his energy and asserti
veness in a positive manner. At NYMA, in upstate New York, Trump earned academic
honors, and played varsity football in 1962, varsity soccer in 1963, and varsit
y baseball from 1962 to 1964 (baseball captain 1964). The baseball coach, Ted Do
bias, a local celebrity for his work with area youth, awarded him the Coach's Aw
ard in 1964. Promoted to Cadet Captain-S4 (Cadet Battalion Logistics Officer) in
his senior year, Trump and Cadet First Sergeant Jeff Donaldson (NYMA class of 1
965; West Point 1969) formed a composite company of cadets, taught them advanced
close-order drill, and marched them down Fifth Avenue on Memorial Day, 1964.
Trump attended Fordham University for two years before transferring to the Whart
on School of the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated in 1968 with a Bachelo
r of Science in economics. In his book, Trump: The Art of the Deal, Trump discus
ses his undergraduate career:
After I graduated from the New York Military Academy in 1964, I flirted briefly
with the idea of attending film school ... but in the end I decided real estate
was a much better business. I began by attending Fordham University ... but afte
r two years, I decided that as long as I had to be in college, I might as well t
est myself against the best. I applied to the Wharton School at the University o
f Pennsylvania and I got in ... I was also very glad to get finished. I immediat
ely moved back home and went to work full time with my father.
== Business career ==
=== Real estate developments ===
Trump began his career at his father's company, Elizabeth Trump and Son, which f
ocused on middle-class rental housing in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. On
In Fort Lauderdale. Trump Towers – Atlanta is being developed in a hou
sing market having the nation's second-highest inventory of unsold homes. Trump estimated his company could ha
ve completed the project for $110 million but the city rejected his offer and T
rump received a broker's fee on the sale of the property instead.
Trump has several projects under way. was the revitalizati
on of the foreclosed Swifton Village apartment complex in Cincinnati. turned the 1200-unit comple
x with a 66 percent vacancy rate to 100 percent occupancy within two years. was started in 1980 with an expected 2½-year construction sche
dule but was nowhere near completion by 1986. He mad
e plans to acquire and develop the old Penn Central for $60 million with no mone
y down. with Trump ceding 50 percent ownership in t
he casino to the original bondholders in exchange for lowered interest rates on
the debt and more time to pay it off. buyers paid non-refundable deposits. The Wollman Ri
nk in Central Park. which was $750. 2007 Forbes 400 issue. one Trump constructio
n project was put on hold in favor of another (Trump International Hotel and Tow
er – Fort Lauderdale).
According to Trump. with the help of a 40 year tax abatement from the New York City g
overnment. Although he shored up his businesses with addi
tional loans and postponed interest payments. "Acreage Aces". while he was still in college. althoug
h 30 percent of the units remain unsold.95
million. he began construction on Trump Place. Trump took over the management of
the project. Trump acquired the Taj Mahal Casino in a transaction with Merv Griffin
and Resorts International. Also.
The New York City government had a plan to build the Javits Convention Center on
property Trump held a right to buy option. Trump became intimately inv
olved in the project and with a $500. led to mounting debt. Trump
financed the construction of his third casino. Banks and bo
nd holders had lost hundreds of millions of dollars.
By 1989. 1991.
In 1971. Later. at no cost to the city. Since 2011. poor business decisions left Trump unable to meet loan payments. and the resulting divorce from his first wife. a multi-buil
ding development along the Hudson River. Three years after
construction of this controversial development began.75 million. Trump currently owns several million square feet of prime Ma
nhattan real estate.7 million in 1962.
creditor-led bailout. Meanwhile.e of Trump's first projects. Florida.
This expansion. Trump owns commercial space in Trump In
ternational Hotel and Tower. he
completed Trump World Tower. and completed it in three months for $1. In 2001. but opted to restructure hi
s debt to avoid the risk of losing more money in court. The Taj Mahal re-emerged
from bankruptcy on October 5.
The late 1990s saw a resurgence in his financial situation and fame. and remains a major figure in the field of real estate in t
he United States and a celebrity for his prominent media exposures. whic
h his father had purchased for $5.9 bi
ly with high-interest junk bonds. his net worth has been estimated from $2. Forbes valued Trump's w
ealth at $3. The Trump International Hotel and Tower – Honolulu seems to be a success.0 billion. the $1 billion Taj Mahal.
In 1988.000 investment. Ohio. Trump moved to Manhattan and became involved in larger building project
s and utilized attractive architectural design to win public recognition. with varying levels of success in their pr
ogress. a 72-story residential tower across from the Unite
d Nations Headquarters. both personal and business. Much of the ne
ws about him in the early 1990s involved his much publicized financial problems. The Trump Tower – Tamp
a has been quite controversial because the initial sales were so successful that
all deposits were returned in order to charge a higher price. a 44-story mixed-use (hotel and condominium) tower
on Columbus Circle.000 less than the remaining budget.
In its October 7. The Trump International Hotel and Tower
– Toronto has had a series of delays and a height reduction. extramarital affair with Marla Maples (whom he later marr
ied). In 1
972 the Trump Organization sold Swifton Village for $6. by 1991 increasing debt brought Tr
ump to business bankruptcy and to the brink of personal bankruptcy. construction has delayed
and lawsuits have been filed. he turned the bankrupt Commodore Hotel into the Grand Hyatt and crea
ted The Trump Organization. Construction of the Trump
International Hotel and Tower – Chicago seems to be proceeding as planned. Ivana Trump. committing to purchase
every unit on the first day they were made available.
2009 Trump Entertainment Resorts filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
. Trump did not re
tain any ownership of the site's real estate – the owners merely promised to give
him about 30 percent of the profits once the site was completely developed or so
ld. Trump then initiated a suit asserting that his ima
ge had been damaged. alleging that it had comm
itted several "misleading statements in the company's third-quarter 1999 earning
Finally. whose analyst had made negative comments on the financial prospects of T
aj Mahal. a stock brokerag
e firm. Since then.
In January 2002. On November 2. the Trump Plaza Hotel filed a prepackaged Chapter 11 prot
ection plan." The matter was settled with the defendant neither admitting nor deny
ing the charge.
== Business ventures and investments ==
=== Trump branding and licensing ===
. Arguing that the financial crisis and resulting drop in the real estate m
arket is due to circumstances beyond his control. he combined his c
asino holdings into the publicly held Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts. Trump threatened to sue Janney Montgomery Scott. Chase Manhattan Bank. According to former members of the Trump Organization. though he would not be paid and would not hav
e a role in day-to-day operations. and sale of the un
its is nearly complete.5 billion in business debt. While he was
forced to relinquish the Trump Shuttle (which he had bought in 1989). The analyst refused to retract the statements. Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts announced a restruct
uring of its debt. which lent Trump the money to buy the West Sid
By 1994. Trump agreed to give up a 49 percent stake in the l
uxury hotel to Citibank and five other lenders. Under the plan. The plan called for Trump's individual ownership to be reduce
d from 56 percent to 27 percent. Taj Mahal declared bankruptcy for the first time in November 1990. the owners of The West Side Yards gave him modest construct
ion and management fees to oversee the development. on October 21. Trump stating on February 13 that he would resign from the board. Until that time.. the Securities and Exchange Commission brought a financial-repo
rting case against Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts Inc.
=== Legal affairs ===
In March 1990. Both parties agreed to drop their suits. Trump invoked a clause in the
contract to not pay the loan. 2004. and retai
n his position as chief executive. Wall Street
drove its stock above $35 in 1996. In return Trump would receive mo
re favorable terms on the remaining $550+ million owed to the lenders. forced the sale of the tract to Asian dev
elopers. After the company applied for
Chapter 11 Protection in November 2004. 1992. A defamat
ion lawsuit by the analyst against Trump for $2 million was settled out of court
. In 1995. In May 2005 the company re-emerged fro
m bankruptcy as Trump Entertainment Resorts Holdings. and was fired by his fi
rm.llion to $7 billion. Trump had eliminated a large portion of his $900 million personal debt
and reduced significantly his nearly $3. and allowed him to put his n
ame on the buildings that eventually rose on the yards because his well-known mo
niker allowed them to charge a premium for their condos. but by 1998 it had fallen into single digits
as the company remained profitless. Trump Entert
ainment Resorts has three properties in Atlantic City. Trump relinquished his CEO position but
retained a role as Chairman of the Board. Trump Hotels has been forced to see
k voluntary bankruptcy protection to stay afloat.
On February 17.
Trump was elected to the Gaming Hall of Fame in 1995. his biggest Manhattan parcel. with bondholders receiving stock in exchange fo
r surrendering part of the debt. he manage
d to retain Trump Tower in New York City and control of his three casinos in Atl
Lender Deutsche Bank refused to let Trump lower the prices on the units to spur
and very little debt." While the magazine put Trump's 2004 ne
t worth at $2. along with his siblings. Trump disputes this valuation. and Trump Bar). and Trump Ste
aks. Trump has since then moved on to establish the Trump name and brand in
a multitude of other industries and products. and entertainme
nt industries and having carved out a niche for the Trump brand within these ind
ustries. to which Trump
objected. (formerly A
dnanCo Group). T
rump Restaurants (Located in Trump Tower and consisting of Trump Buffet. Trump Magazine. Trump Productions (a television p
roduction company). formerly called the Trump University).
In April 2011. Trump reportedly receives $1. GoTrump (an online travel websi
te). Trump Ice Cream Parlor. sold their late father's real estate empire to
. Trump home (home furnishings). Trump Books. O'Brien's 2005 article references three unnamed busines
s associates of Trump who "thought his net worth was somewhere between $150 mill
ion and $250 million. Forbes put it at $3. having a $562 million valuation. it was dismissed in 2009. Trump. Trump Sales and Leasing (residential sales). men's accessories
. Trump C
atering. As early as 2005. Trump Institute.
In 2011. In the lawsuit it was revealed that. T
rump Chocolate.6 billion.2 billion. Inc. Trump Model
Management. For that reason."
After the publication of the article. The Trump Entrepreneur In
itiative (a business education company.
=== Other ventures ===
Other investments include a 17.5 million for each one-hour prese
ntation he does for The Learning Annex. however. this po
rtion of Trump's empire.Beyond his traditional ventures in the real estate. hospitality. Donald Tr
ump's Real Estate Tycoon (a business simulation game).
in 2005." (Presidential
candidates are required to disclose their finances after announcing their inten
tions to run. Trump unsuccessfully filed a libel lawsuit
==== Net worth ====
Estimates of Trump's net worth have fluctuated along with real estate valuations
: In 2013. Donald J. Trump Mortgage. actually run by his children. Trump has succeeded in marketing t
he Trump name on a large number of products. Trump Golf. Forbes reported that its financial experts had estimated the value of t
he Trump brand at $200 million.2 percent stake in Parker Adnan. In addition. Deutsche Bank valued Trump's net worth at $788 million. According to Forbes there are 33 licensing
projects under development including seven "condo hotels" (the seven Trump Inter
national Hotel and Tower developments). New York Ti
mes writer Timothy L. including Trump Financial (a mortga
his professionally prepared 2012 financial disclosure was published in his book
stating a $7 billion net worth. Trump Ice. but low by a multiple. Trump does n
ot own many of the buildings that display his name. Politico quoted unnamed sources close to him s
tating that. a Bermuda-based financial services holdings company. saying that his b
rand is worth about $3 billion. In late 2003
. Many developers pay Trump to market their proper
ties and to be the public face for their projects. Donald Trump The Fragrance (2004). According to Forbes. Trump Signature Collection (a line of menswear. Donald Trump uses the "Trump
Medieval" font Georg designed.
Although not related to font designer Georg Trump. is by far his most valuab
le. Trump Vodka. and watches). if Trump should decide to run for president. amidst speculation whether Trump would run as a candidate in the
US presidential election of 2012. for his own corporate logo. O'Brien questioned the accuracy of the Forbes figure: He q
uoted a Forbes editor stating that the magazine "work[ed] hard to ensure the acc
uracy of its data but that it also [relied] on information provided by those who
m it surveys" and that Trump would "constantly [call] about himself and [say] we
're not only low. Trump The Game (1989 Board Game). Trump Shuttle.) Although Trump did not run as a candidate in the 2012 elections. he would file "financi
al disclosure statements that [would] show his net worth [was] in excess of $7 b
illion with more than $250 million of cash.
It is now just developed/owned by
Donald Trump. he stated he bought stock in Bank of America. insulting a local farmer. It led to controversy. saying. Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble. In 2011. First Minister Alex Salmond citing economic benefits Trump had promi
sed as justifying the unusual step of permitting development on an SSSI. Caterpillar Inc. which he later used to finance Trump Casino & Resorts. Among the stocks Trump purchas
ed. In December 2012. it was reported that Trump was in the process of negotiating a de
al with New York City to reopen the historic Tavern on the Green restaurant in C
entral Park. Hayden Connell. and being awarded an honorary degree by The Robert Gordon University.
follows the development's progress. In 2008 the local authority was overruled by the Scottish
government. Scotland anno
uncing that he intended to create the best golf course in the world on a site of
special scientific interest (SSSI).
==== Trump Tower ====
Trump Tower is a 58-story mixed-use skyscraper at 725 Fifth Avenue.. Trump made a rare foray into the stock market after being disappointed
with the depressed American real estate market and facing poor returns on bank d
eposits. The screening went ahead. Trump bought the Menie estate in Balmedie.
Trump has objected to plans for an offshore windfarm to be built within sight of
the golf links. claim
ing it was defamatory and misleading. by Anthony Baxter. and designed by Der Scutt of Swanke. He stated that he wasn't a stock market person. It was developed by T
rump and the Equitable Life Assurance Company. When it was announced that the documenta
ry was to be given its UK television première on BBC Two on October 21. It shows Trump speaking locally about his am
bitions for the project. housing and two golf courses. 2012. and L
amboNuni Bank reportedly for $600 million.
An award-winning 2011 documentary film. Trump revealed t
hat he also added shares of Facebook to his stock portfolio. Donald Trump's 1⁄3 share was $200 milli
on. The project includes plans for a hotel. with opposition
voiced by environmentalists. hol
iday homes. it
. A protest group campaigned actively. Aberdeenshire Council received a request on behalf of Trump Internation
al Golf Links Scotland to approve compulsory purchase orders on a number of loca
l homes. In late January 2011 Trump International stated that it had "no interest" in
pursuing compulsory purchase orders and that it had never applied for them.
In April 2011.
==== Scottish golf course ====
In 2006. using mass land purchase as a tact
ntel. He later bought the Eastern Shuttle routes. Aberdeenshire.
==== Stock market investments ====
In 2011. but he also stated that
prime real estate at good prices is hard to get. "It is not only for my project. New York City. hosting Tyson's f
ight against Michael Spinks in Atlantic City. You've Been Trumped. in spi
te of a professor at that university returning his own honorary degree in protes
t. he wrote to First Minister Alex Salmond expressing his
view that the planned structures were ugly. the BBC defendin
g the decision and stating that Trump had refused the opportunity to take part i
n the film. These s
upposed benefits were disputed by the London School of Economics. at the corne
r of East 56th Street in Midtown Manhattan.
In 2009. and planning permission was initially refused by A
berdeenshire Council. Trump was an owner of the New Jers
ey Generals football team. It also queries the supposed economic benefits and examines the ecological im
pact and the effect on local residents. He denied that he was concerned onl
y with the view from the golf links. who he claims lives in "a slu
m". Kohlberg Kravis Roberts.a group of investors that included Bain Capital.
Trump at one time acted as a financial advisor for Mike Tyson. Citigroup. Trum
p's lawyers contacted the BBC to demand that the film should not be shown.
In March 2011. Trump was paid $50. In April 2011. Trump
expressed public interest in purchasing the team. In April 2014. Trump received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
for his contribution to television (The Apprentice).000 per episode (roughly $700
. the Bills would remain
in Buffalo. Snoop Dogg. featuring comedian Seth Meyers. Miss USA." In 201
=== Beauty pageants ===
The Miss Universe Organization has been owned by Donald Trump since 1996 and the
National Broadcasting Company (NBC) became a joint partner in 2003. In 2007.
=== The Apprentice ===
In 2003. and as a character (The Lit
tle Rascals). T
he Apprentice. Trump purchased the Turnberry hotel and golf resort in Ayr
shire. and o
nline caricature artists.
On February 11.000 for the first season). Trump was the subject of a Comedy Central Roast. 2014. When speaking to the media. Trump also put together The Celebri
. a decision Trump said he would appeal. In 2004. and Ant
hony Jeselnik among regular roast participants. In Decem
ber 2006. it was announced that Trump had purchased Doonbeg Golf Clu
b in the Republic of Ireland.
=== Buffalo Bills ===
Following the death of Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. he is curr
ently paid a reported $3 million per episode.)."
For the first year of the show. He announced the purchase of the course on the day
that his objection to the windfarm being built off the coast of his Scottish go
lf course was dismissed. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.
== Entertainment media ==
In the media. The other contestants were succ
essively "fired" and eliminated from the game. Trump also has his own daily talk radio program called
Trumped!. Trump became the executive producer and host of the NBC reality show. He has been the subject of comedians.
Along with British TV producer Mark Burnett. Trump attended the White House Correspondents'
Dinner. Trump's advertisement comparing wind
farms to terrorism was banned by the Advertising Standards Authority. This sparked
a tabloid war between the two celebrities which lasted for several weeks thereaf
ter. The organiz
ation produces the Miss Universe. talk show host Rosie O'Donnell criticized Trump's lenience toward Miss
eland. Trump announced that if the windfarm were built he would abandon his plans fo
r the hotel and housing at the golf links. has mad
e appearances as a caricatured version of himself in television series and films
(e. which is a regular fixture in the Open Championship rota. Tara Conner. Trump's daughter Ivanka was seen
in the audience. T
rump has made it clear that should he purchase the team. It was also conf
irmed that Doonbeg Golf Club would be renamed Trump International Golf Links. President Obama used the occasion to pre
sent several prepared jokes mocking Trump. The special was
hosted by Seth MacFarlane. but following the show's initial success. Scotland. Donald Trump is a two-time Emmy Award–nominated personality. and roasters included Larry King. D
ays of Our Lives. Donald Trump filed a tra
demark application for the catchphrase "You're fired. The Nanny. Flash cartoon artists. who had violated pageant behavioral guidelines. and Miss Teen USA pageants. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. in which a group of competitors battled for a high-level manageme
nt job in one of Trump's commercial enterprises. in March 2014.is more to preserve Scotland's beautiful coastline and natural heritage. making him one of the highest paid
S. known at
the time as the "World Wrestling Federation"). "I'm very much independent in that way.S. Money" was written by Jim Johnston. He speculated that Rudy Giuliani and Hillary Clinto
n could win the Republican and Democratic Presidential nominations. permanent abolition of the 55 percent federa
l inheritance tax. Trump appeared on Larry King Live and delive
red a strong criticism of then-United States President George W.25 percent tax on personal estates and trusts over
$10 million. Trump was interviewed by Jesse Ve
ntura ringside at WrestleMania XX. but a liberal on this one.
On June 15. on CNN's The Situation Room at the time. by way of compensatin
g this one-time tax on the wealthy.
Repeal of limits on campaign contributions.
While Trump and Burnett co-produced the show. Trump confirme
d it and declared he would be at the following commercial-free episode in person
and would give a full refund to the people who purchased tickets to the arena f
or that night's show in the amount of US$235. respectively
. over whether a candidate for
President could win the election by supporting a continued escalation of the war
in Iraq.7 trillion in revenue toward ret
irement of the national debt. and voiced some support for either of them being elected President. He has hosted two WrestleMania events in the Trump Plaza and has been
an active participant in several of the shows. Appearing on screen."
Renegotiation of U. Medicare and Medicaid. particula
rly concerning the Iraq War."
Since the 1990 U. I go for the person. Trump said in an interview in
2007. 2009. McMahon "bought back" Raw the
following week. considering a bid for the nomination of the R
eform Party as a business conservative. He made his fifth
Wrestlemania appearance the next night.
Regarding universal health care. as part of a storyline. trade policies. He also appeared at WrestleMania 23 in the co
rner of Bobby Lashley who competed against Umaga with WWE Chairman McMahon in hi
s corner. Trump touted himself as "a conservative on most
issues. socially moderate candidate.
For 2004 and 2008. combined with outlawing soft money c
ampaign contributions. Trump expressed a desire to run as a third-party candidate
for the United States presidency. in a hair versus hair match. I mean. The America We Deserve. His entrance theme "Money. Trump officially endorsed John McCain for the U. which he estimated would raise $5. not necessar
ily the party. Lashley won the match. In his 2000
tome.000. I vote for Republicans and I vote for Democrats. McMahon announced on Monday Night Raw
that he had "sold" the show to Donald Trump. He express
ed doubt. 2008.S.
Trump was inducted into the celebrity wing of the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013 at Ma
dison Square Garden due to his contributions to the promotion. with either Trump or McMahon having their
head shaved if their competitor lost. and supplementing t
he funding of Social Security. and. elections. Donald Trump has made contributions to campaigns
. Working out detailed plans will take time. Trump's Trump Taj Mahal in Atlant
ic City was host to the 1991 WBF Championship (which was owned by WWE.
=== World Wrestling Entertainment ===
Trump is a known World Wrestling Entertainment fan and friend of WWE owner Vince
ency on Larry King Live.ty Apprentice. Trump stayed in the forefront.
== Political activity ==
In the 2000 election. In October 2007.
On September 17. where well-known stars compete to win money for their charities. B
ut the goal should be clear: Our people are our greatest asset. tax cuts for the middle class. economic policies Trump proposed include:
Institution of a once-only 14. dec
iding winners and "firing" losers. and he and Trump b
oth proceeded to shave McMahon bald. Trump again registered as a Republican in 2009 after ha
ving registered with the Democratic Party in 2001. Trump speculated about running for President in the Republica
n party and for 2006 considered running for governor of New York as a representa
tive of the party. Bush.
2011. with many voters undecided in the November 2012 general election for Presiden
t of the United States. 2011. A city election bo
ard spokeswoman confirmed the story.of both Republican Party and Democratic Party candidates. should disengage in Iraq and Afghanistan. but there had been a fan campaign for the Speedway to instead name a
racing celebrity to the position and a Speedway press release stated that Trump
cancelled because of his intention to run for president. Trump participated in the "Politics and Eggs" for
um at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College. In his primary campaign. supporting defining ma
rriage as between one man and one woman. the New York-based TV station NY1 reported that Trump had not voted i
n primary elections in New York City for a span of 21 years. John Kerry. and supporting a fa
ir trade policy and believing generally that the People s Republic of China shou
ld be considered more of an adversarial competitor. He f
urther cemented his endorsement of Benjamin Netanyahu by saying "there’s nobody li
ke him! He’s a winner.
In January 2013. These have included Re
publicans John McCain. Charles Schumer. in the
video from his office in Manhattan. supporting Second Amendment rights of g
un ownership and opposing gun control. Trump announced he would not run for president. and Ch
arles Rangel. Tom Daschle. Hillary Clinton. advocates the repeal and replacement of P
atient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Rudolph Giuliani. Anthony Weiner. Kirsten Gillibrand.
On May 5.S. an early venue for candidates considering a
presidential run. Time ran the headline "Donald Trump Begins Not
Running For President" and The Huffington Post was similarly skeptical of whethe
r he would run. Trump stated he made the decision because of business co
nstraints. Trump said he considered himself a potential candidate for President of
the United States in the 2012 election. A poll released in April 2011 by Public Policy Polling s
howed Trump having a nine-point lead in a potential contest for the Republican n
omination for President of the United States while he was still actively conside
ring a run."
=== Potential candidacy for President of the United States ===
In 2010. Rahm Emanu
el. Harry Reid. one point ahead of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. stating that "A strong prime minister is a strong
Israel. budget. Trump posted his endorsement via a YouTube video where. Trump says he is "a big fan of Israel".
Trump s present political stances include being pro-life. by the India
napolis Motor Speedway. subjected to significant imp
ort tariffs as a response to China s currency manipulation in order to help bala
nce the U. Trump supported a government-backed rescue plan for the American auto i
ndustry in which the government would provide the debtor in possession financing
for a Chapter 11 restructuring." An ardent Zionist.
Regardless of this skepticism. and George W. Bush and D
emocrats Ted Kennedy. as a write-in candidate in its straw poll for the office. anti-foreign aid. a popular
spot for presidential candidates visiting New Hampshire. He also believes the U. He said he would impose a 25 percent tariff on Chinese good
His campaign has been reported by some media as a possible promotional tool for
his reality show The Apprentice. with having taken a more active role in Israeli poli
tics as of 2012. Newt Gingrich.
On May 16. Trump made a F
ebruary speech to a CPAC gathering. On April
23. supposedly after
Trump had been supposed to make his decision whether to or not to run. he’s highly thought of by all. On May 23. 2011.S. Trump endorsed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. an accusation he has denied. In Decemb
er 2008. This scheduled visit i
s important because the event is taking place in mid June 2011. Joe Biden. Trump announced he would not be the celebrity pace-car driver fo
r the 2011 Indianapolis 500 as had been announced on April 5. durin
g the 2013 Israeli elections. he’s highly respected. A Newsweek
poll conducted in February 2011 showed Trump within a few points of Barack Obam
. beginning after the
city s mayoral primary in 1989. A Wa
ll Street Journal/NBC News poll released in March 2011 found Trump leading among
potential contenders for the Republican nomination for President of the United
Trump deleted the last c
omment when it became clear that Obama had won the electoral college and also th
e popular vote. he said he would "make a decision some time pretty soon" regarding a potential
run but indicated he had "something else in mind. Trump said that while New York had problems and taxes were too
In February 2012 he endorsed Mitt Romney prior to the Nevada caucuses.." In December 2011. Trump said he was "no
t satisfied that Obama had proven his citizenship. He is a member of the Winged Foot Golf Club in Mam
== Personal life ==
Trump is popularly known as The Donald.
While it has been reported that he does not shake hands because of fear of germs
In an April 2011 NBC interview. despite suggestin
g that he would make those public when Obama produced his long-form birth certif
icate. In October 2013. New York. he claims this is "a rumor that the enemies say". referred to him as
such in an interview. Trump is a golfer." though no revelation or information was e
ver subsequently published. adding: "The coun
try is so important. In an NBC-TV interview broadcast April 7. Florida
on April 16. Trump spent over $1 million to research a possible run for pr
esident of the United States in 2016. I don t see that person. but did not."
=== Statements about Barack Obama ===
Speaking to an audience of more than five thousand people in Boca Raton. April 25. a nickname perpetuated by the media afte
r his first wife Ivana Trump. Trump sent messages on his Twitter acco
unt saying that the election was a "sham and a travesty" and that the electoral
college was "a disaster" and called for "a revolution". with
a low single-figure handicap. 2011. Trump expressed pride at his role in the rele
ase of the long-form certificate in a press conference follow-up. history. a native of the Czech Republic. In May 2011. and shook hands repeatedly i
n public during a visit to New Hampshire in April 2011. and at this momen
t. Trump gav
e media interviews endorsing Romney before the Michigan primary. Trump implied that voter reaction to the 2008 financial cris
is and the perception of slow progress on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan durin
g the final months of George W. Trump was suggested as a possible
Vice Presidential selection by Michele Bachmann. running for governor was not of great interest to him. and plays regularly at the other courses he owns and operates
owever. say whether he would be releasing his own tax returns. commenting "they
cannot believe what they re finding."
Trump brought attention to conspiracy theories questioning Obama s citizenship s
tatus in media appearances and received heavy criticism from political opponents
Following President Obama s re-election. In 2013. Trump stated that he hadn t ruled out running for president. However in December
said he wanted Obama to end the issue by releasing the long-form of his birth ce
rtificate. Bush s second term as President was the primary
cause for the election of his successor Barack Obama and further that Obama woul
d probably be known "as the worst president in U. 2011. Obama eventually made a formal statement in efforts by the White
House to put the matter to rest with the release of the long-form of Obama s bi
rth certificate on April 27. 2011. On Anderson Cooper 360° on CNN. Trump disclosed that he had sent researchers to
Hawaii to investigate the matter of Obama s citizenship status. With media coverage and Trump s repeated calls for release of the bir
Trump was a featured speaker at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conferenc
e (CPAC). if she were to win the Republi
can nomination. 2011. Public Policy Polling described the events as "one of the qu
ickest rises and falls in the history of presidential politics". so vital that we choose the right person. New York Republicans circ
ulated a memo suggesting Trump should run of governor of the state in 2014 again
st Andrew Cuomo.
They divorced on
June 8. Florida. 1981). Trump expressed on Anderson Cooper s show on CNN. In a February 2008 interview on ABC s news program Nightline. His older sister. And you know I ve had a good relationship with the church over the yea
rs. aged 18.. and two sisters. he married Marla Maples and
together they had one child. (born December 31. Cusack says "t
he Collegiate Reformed Protestant Dutch Church is actually a denomination within
a denomination" and that the Collegiate Churches are "now part of the Reformed
Church of America". (who is deceased) and Robert S
. followed by a reception at
Trump s Mar-A-Lago estate. After Trump offered in a letter to buy the two-building site
for more than $6 million in order to end the general controversy. (Kai Madison. on the island of Palm Beach. . is a federal appeals court judge. he said that he is "a Presbyterian within the Protestant group". United Kingdom."
On April 26. I really love it. off the coast of Scotland. He also appeared on Fox s Hannity. and Spencer Frederick) and two from his daughter Ivanka
(Arabella Rose and Joseph Frederick ). on a holiday i
n New York. criticized "Trump s letter o
ffering to buy the site as a publicity stunt". Trump does
not drink alcohol. while he "is a big believer in freedom of rel
igion. Jr. Tiffany (born October 13. 1999. claim
ing the imam was "using religion" (meaning Islam) to get a good price for the re
al estate. Fred. Stornoway on the Isle of Le
wis. In 1993.
Trump has six grandchildren.
Trump has four siblings: two brothers. Melania gave birth to a boy named Barron William Tru
mp. Four from his son Donald Jr.". Trump said. his "suspic
ions of ulterior motives at the imam running the project" known as Park51. his personal opinion was that the mosque should not be built close t
o Ground Zero . I m a Pres
byterian. he proposed to Melania Knauss (Melanija Knavs). according to the Post. 1993).Trump s mother. the Justice Department sued Trump Management Corporation for alleged ra
cial discrimination. Andrew Cusack
in 2008 stated that Donald Trump is a member of New York City s Marble Collegia
te Church. In an
April 2011 interview.
Trump has stated in interviews that he is a Presbyterian. Trump married Ivana Zelníčková and together they have three children: Donald. In 1930. was born in 1912 at Tong. The federa
l government filed the lawsuit against his New York real estate company for disc
riminating against potential black renters. Trump and Knauss married on January 22. Trump was
quoted by the New York Post that. Trump s fifth child..
After the rape of a white female jogger in Central Park in 1989. 1977).. They were divorced in 1992." A 2010 article in The Daily Telegraph stated that Trump was Catholic. Maryanne Tru
mp Barry. "I m a Protestant. Trump.
In 1977. at which time Trump was the company s president. Donald J
In September 2010. Explaining that church s organizational relationships. Maryanne and Elizabeth. Trump aroused c
ontroversy in New York s black community when he took out full-page newspaper ad
s calling for the death penalty for the African-American teenage suspects—who were
. and Eric (born Ja
nuary 6. on the 700 Club. Ivanka (born October 30. 2004. a native of S
lovenia. I think my religion is a wonderful re
ligion. Marble Collegiate Church also states that it is denomination
ally affiliated with the Reformed Church in America. 2005. New York. she met Fred Trump and stayed in New York. with the RCA website statin
g that the RCA has a local church "presbyterian form of government". Tristan Milos. and said much the same. at Bethesda by the Sea Ep
iscopal Church. 1984). Trum
p commented on his ex-wives by saying.. the lawyers f
or the majority stakeholder.
== Controversies ==
=== Allegations of racism ===
In 1973. I think religion is a wonderful thing. "I just know it s very hard for them (Iva
na and Marla) to compete because I do love what I do. which is a Presbyterian denomination". on March 20.
Jr. In April 2011 on Human
February 2011 Politics Daily article described Trump as "apparently a member of
the Dutch Reformed Church. Born in Queens. 2006. Mary Anne.
when Trump was asked during a radio interview about whether o
r not he is supported by African-Americans. Trump shared his thoughts on race and crime on Twitter which wa
s considered controversial and prejudiced."
=== Litigation ===
On August 24. until it starts
to smack of racism. and I m not sure we want him back under those circumstances. I ve always had a great relationship with the blacks. 78. Colin Moore.all later exonerated.
with a number of public figures including Bill Maher.
On June 5. c
alled Trumped!. by critics. Trump sent a tweet about Jon Stewart of The Daily Show.
In April 2011. described Trump s comments as "highl
y offensive".9% were Hispanic and 2. but he ou
ght to be prepared to apologize just for that kind of behavior. "There is no doubt that
violent crime is a serious problem in communities of color. He also told O Donnell
: "Black guys counting my money! I hate it. while interviewing Dr. compared Trump
s stance to the racist attitudes expressed in the 1930s during the infamous Sco
ttsboro Boys case. but connecting it to
race in such a blunt and unfair fashion seems more about blaming certain kinds
of people than solving the problem. handed o
ver for what was supposed to be the opportunity to learn Trump s real estate inv
estment magic at his for-profit training program. Trump was accused of making racial slurs against black people in a book
written by John R. former head of NAACP New Jersey. O Donnell." Walt
er Fields. As always. Trump c
alled O Donnell a disgruntled employee but he didn t deny allegations made in th
e book during an interview with Playboy magazine in 1999. 1% white". former president of Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino. Trump tweeted: "According
to Bill O Reilly.
On April 27. in reference to a black ac
countant at Trump Plaza. One of the defendant’s lawyers. And then it s no longer fun" about Trump questioning Obama
s entry into Harvard. The statistics that Fox News
pundit Bill O Reilly cited were from the 2012 New York City Enforcement Report
compiled by the police department. Letterman added "if he comes back on t
his show. 2013. producer of the Ellen DeGene
res Show. Media critic Eric Deggans dismissed Tr
ump s views. which
some other Twitter users believe had anti-Semitic undertones: "I promise you th
at I m much smarter than Jonathan Leibowitz – I mean Jon Stewart @TheDailyShow."
On April 24.2% of shooting suspects were black. a lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderm
an alleged that Trump defrauded more than 5. while
18. O Donnell wrote that Trump once said. is totally overrated. Proud o
f you for showing your anti-semitic stripes too. "That s just code for saying he got into law
school because he s black.000 persons of $40 million. David Letterman. Jesse Jackson and Whoopi
Goldberg accusing him of employing crude and unfair stereotypes. he replied "I have a great relations
hip with the blacks. Deggans wrote in a Tampa Bay Times column." Andy Lassner. tweeted in response: "I knew you were more than just a racist. We can hope that kind of comes to an end too. it s all a circus. Referring to Trump. that figure goes to 98%. 2011.
In 1991. 2013. acco
rding to the figures in the report. 2013." Trump s questio
ning regarding Obama s place of birth has provoked additional charges of racism. The only kind of people I want count
ing my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day. by the way. Schieffer said. However. 80% of all the shootings in New York City are blacks-if you a
dd Hispanics. Phil McGraw in his La
te Show said "It s all fun.
In mid-April 2011.4% were white. based on 662 shooting suspects. This is an ugly strain of racism that s running thro
ugh this whole thing. it remains puzzling that NBC cont
inues to offer a platform to someone so willing to pass along prejudice disguise
d as political speech. th
e overwhelming amount of violent crime in our major cities is committed by black
s and hispanics-a tough subject-must be discussed". CBS News chief Washington correspond
ent Bob Schieffer called it absurd." In response. but we ll ha
ve to see". "laziness is a trait in blacks". it s all a rodeo. Beginning in
. Trump also tweeted: "Sadly. Wh
o. Trump University. when Trump made allegations that Obama didn t get good enough gra
des to warrant entry to Harvard Law School.
This was. Trump University offered a program that began with a free introductory 90
-minute presentation promising to teach Donald Trump s secrets that helped build
his real estate empire. $1. This. Simon & Schuster.
== External links ==
The Trump Organization
Column archives at The Huffington Post
Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
Donald Trump at AllMusic
Donald Trump at AllMovie
Donald Trump collected news and commentary at The Wall Street Journal
Donald Trump collected news and commentary at The Guardian
Works by or about Donald Trump in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
WWE Hall of Fame profile
. In Octo
ber 2013. no more than a lengthy
promotion for a three-day. The three-day program. to file their response. but it
gave Trump s lawyers until November 1. in turn. 2013. Trump stated that he suspects that vaccines may be linked to autism.2005.000. ISBN 0-684-80849-8. was
used to plug "elite" courses that cost anywhere from $10. led many to c
riticize Trump for making dangerous and inaccurate statements regarding the caus
es of autism. ABC News s Chief Health
and Medical editor. Gwenda (2000). The court rejected that request. according to the suit.500 seminar. to label them "shameful":
"The autism-vaccine link has been disproven. Trump s lawyers asked the court to extend the deadline for Trump to re
spond to the lawsuit until mid-December. Spreading shots out over a long per
iod of time will not reduce the number of children who develop autism but it wil
l leave more children vulnerable to infectious diseases for a longer period of t
ime than necessary.
=== Statements on vaccines and autism ===
Appearing on Fox & Friends on April 2.000 to $35. a
s well as similar remarks he made on Twitter the following August. That can kill children. 2012 (which was World Autism Awareness Da
== Bibliography ==
Trump has authored many books including:
== See also ==
== References ==
== Further reading ==
Blair. His remarks on Twitter led Richard Besser. The Trumps.