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

construction has delayed and lawsuits have been filed. poor business decisions left Trump unable to meet loan payments. Ivana Trump. The Trump International Hotel and Tower – Toronto has had a series of delays and a height reduction.e of Trump's first projects. Since 2011. He mad e plans to acquire and develop the old Penn Central for $60 million with no mone y down. Trump financed the construction of his third casino. a 44-story mixed-use (hotel and condominium) tower on Columbus Circle. whic h his father had purchased for $5. "Acreage Aces". 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. by 1991 increasing debt brought Tr ump to business bankruptcy and to the brink of personal bankruptcy.75 million. turned the 1200-unit comple x with a 66 percent vacancy rate to 100 percent occupancy within two years. Trump became intimately inv olved in the project and with a $500. a multi-buil ding development along the Hudson River. Banks and bo nd holders had lost hundreds of millions of dollars. and completed it in three months for $1. 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.7 million in 1962. The New York City government had a plan to build the Javits Convention Center on property Trump held a right to buy option. he began construction on Trump Place. In Fort Lauderdale. one Trump constructio n project was put on hold in favor of another (Trump International Hotel and Tow er – Fort Lauderdale). which was $750. both personal and business. led to mounting debt. Trump Towers – Atlanta is being developed in a hou sing market having the nation's second-highest inventory of unsold homes.000 less than the remaining budget. althoug h 30 percent of the units remain unsold. The Wollman Ri nk in Central Park. The Taj Mahal re-emerged from bankruptcy on October 5. Trump has several projects under way. 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.000 investment. By 1989. Florida. extramarital affair with Marla Maples (whom he later marr ied). and remains a major figure in the field of real estate in t he United States and a celebrity for his prominent media exposures. Trump acquired the Taj Mahal Casino in a transaction with Merv Griffin and Resorts International. his net worth has been estimated from $2.0 billion. The Trump International Hotel and Tower – Honolulu seems to be a success. buyers paid non-refundable deposits. In 1 972 the Trump Organization sold Swifton Village for $6.95 million. The late 1990s saw a resurgence in his financial situation and fame. Trump took over the management of the project. 1991. but opted to restructure hi s debt to avoid the risk of losing more money in court. with varying levels of success in their pr ogress. Meanwhile. was the revitalizati on of the foreclosed Swifton Village apartment complex in Cincinnati. Trump owns commercial space in Trump In ternational Hotel and Tower. Ohio. In 1971. Trump moved to Manhattan and became involved in larger building project s and utilized attractive architectural design to win public recognition. he turned the bankrupt Commodore Hotel into the Grand Hyatt and crea ted The Trump Organization. Also. In its October 7. Although he shored up his businesses with addi tional loans and postponed interest payments. he completed Trump World Tower. According to Trump. Forbes valued Trump's w ealth at $3. at no cost to the city. This expansion. Three years after construction of this controversial development began.9 bi . a 72-story residential tower across from the Unite d Nations Headquarters. while he was still in college. Trump currently owns several million square feet of prime Ma nhattan real estate. Much of the ne ws about him in the early 1990s involved his much publicized financial problems. Construction of the Trump International Hotel and Tower – Chicago seems to be proceeding as planned. committing to purchase every unit on the first day they were made available. In 2001. was started in 1980 with an expected 2½-year construction sche dule but was nowhere near completion by 1986. and the resulting divorce from his first wife. 2007 Forbes 400 issue. the $1 billion Taj Mahal. creditor-led bailout. In 1988. Later. primari ly with high-interest junk bonds. with the help of a 40 year tax abatement from the New York City g overnment.

Taj Mahal declared bankruptcy for the first time in November 1990. 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. 1992. On February 17. and was fired by his fi rm. After the company applied for Chapter 11 Protection in November 2004. though he would not be paid and would not hav e a role in day-to-day operations. The plan called for Trump's individual ownership to be reduce d from 56 percent to 27 percent. the Trump Plaza Hotel filed a prepackaged Chapter 11 prot ection plan. Trump then initiated a suit asserting that his ima ge had been damaged. By 1994. Trump stating on February 13 that he would resign from the board. The analyst refused to retract the statements. On November 2. the owners of The West Side Yards gave him modest construct ion and management fees to oversee the development. Arguing that the financial crisis and resulting drop in the real estate m arket is due to circumstances beyond his control. alleging that it had comm itted several "misleading statements in the company's third-quarter 1999 earning s release. 2009 Trump Entertainment Resorts filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy . and sale of the un its is nearly complete. Since then. In 1995.5 billion in business debt. A defamat ion lawsuit by the analyst against Trump for $2 million was settled out of court . whose analyst had made negative comments on the financial prospects of T aj Mahal. he combined his c asino holdings into the publicly held Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts. forced the sale of the tract to Asian dev elopers. 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. and retai n his position as chief executive. === Legal affairs === In March 1990. According to former members of the Trump Organization. While he was forced to relinquish the Trump Shuttle (which he had bought in 1989)." The matter was settled with the defendant neither admitting nor deny ing the charge. the Securities and Exchange Commission brought a financial-repo rting case against Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts Inc. == Business ventures and investments == === Trump branding and licensing === . which lent Trump the money to buy the West Sid e yards. In return Trump would receive mo re favorable terms on the remaining $550+ million owed to the lenders. Trump Hotels has been forced to see k voluntary bankruptcy protection to stay afloat. Trump had eliminated a large portion of his $900 million personal debt and reduced significantly his nearly $3. on October 21. Finally. In May 2005 the company re-emerged fro m bankruptcy as Trump Entertainment Resorts Holdings.llion to $7 billion. Trump was elected to the Gaming Hall of Fame in 1995. with bondholders receiving stock in exchange fo r surrendering part of the debt. Both parties agreed to drop their suits. Wall Street drove its stock above $35 in 1996. his biggest Manhattan parcel. Lender Deutsche Bank refused to let Trump lower the prices on the units to spur sales. In January 2002. Trump invoked a clause in the contract to not pay the loan. Until that time. Trump agreed to give up a 49 percent stake in the l uxury hotel to Citibank and five other lenders. Trump Entert ainment Resorts has three properties in Atlantic City. Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts announced a restruct uring of its debt. 2004. he manage d to retain Trump Tower in New York City and control of his three casinos in Atl antic City. Trump relinquished his CEO position but retained a role as Chairman of the Board. Under the plan.. a stock brokerag e firm. Trump threatened to sue Janney Montgomery Scott. but by 1998 it had fallen into single digits as the company remained profitless. Chase Manhattan Bank.

Trump Magazine. and Trump Ste aks." (Presidential candidates are required to disclose their finances after announcing their inten tions to run. is by far his most valuab le. and entertainme nt industries and having carved out a niche for the Trump brand within these ind ustries. As early as 2005. Although not related to font designer Georg Trump. if Trump should decide to run for president. Many developers pay Trump to market their proper ties and to be the public face for their projects. it was dismissed in 2009. Trump Books.5 million for each one-hour prese ntation he does for The Learning Annex. Forbes reported that its financial experts had estimated the value of t he Trump brand at $200 million. amidst speculation whether Trump would run as a candidate in the US presidential election of 2012. Inc. In 2011. and watches). this po rtion of Trump's empire. Politico quoted unnamed sources close to him s tating that. Trump Ice Cream Parlor. According to Forbes there are 33 licensing projects under development including seven "condo hotels" (the seven Trump Inter national Hotel and Tower developments). formerly called the Trump University). Trump. Donald J. 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. The Trump Entrepreneur In itiative (a business education company.6 billion. Trump disputes this valuation. a Bermuda-based financial services holdings company. actually run by his children. and very little debt.2 percent stake in Parker Adnan. Donald Trump uses the "Trump Medieval" font Georg designed.Beyond his traditional ventures in the real estate. Trump does n ot own many of the buildings that display his name. Trump The Game (1989 Board Game). Trump Ice. (formerly A dnanCo Group)." After the publication of the article. Trump Signature Collection (a line of menswear. sold their late father's real estate empire to . Trump has succeeded in marketing t he Trump name on a large number of products. Trump home (home furnishings). including Trump Financial (a mortga ge firm). to which Trump objected.) Although Trump did not run as a candidate in the 2012 elections. however. In late 2003 . in 2005." While the magazine put Trump's 2004 ne t worth at $2. For that reason. Trump has since then moved on to establish the Trump name and brand in a multitude of other industries and products.2 billion. but low by a multiple. Donald Tr ump's Real Estate Tycoon (a business simulation game). hospitality. In the lawsuit it was revealed that. 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. his professionally prepared 2012 financial disclosure was published in his book stating a $7 billion net worth. for his own corporate logo. ==== Net worth ==== Estimates of Trump's net worth have fluctuated along with real estate valuations : In 2013. men's accessories . Trump reportedly receives $1. Trump Institute. 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. having a $562 million valuation. T rump Chocolate. Trump Model Management. Forbes put it at $3. New York Ti mes writer Timothy L. Trump Shuttle. T rump Restaurants (Located in Trump Tower and consisting of Trump Buffet. Trump C atering. Deutsche Bank valued Trump's net worth at $788 million. GoTrump (an online travel websi te). along with his siblings. In addition. Donald Trump The Fragrance (2004). Trump Mortgage. and Trump Bar). saying that his b rand is worth about $3 billion. Trump Vodka. Trump Sales and Leasing (residential sales). According to Forbes. Trump Golf. === Other ventures === Other investments include a 17. Trump unsuccessfully filed a libel lawsuit against O'Brien. Trump Productions (a television p roduction company). In April 2011.

. and L amboNuni Bank reportedly for $600 million. saying. Trump bought the Menie estate in Balmedie. In 2008 the local authority was overruled by the Scottish government. He stated that he wasn't a stock market person. It is now just developed/owned by Donald Trump. using mass land purchase as a tact ic. When it was announced that the documenta ry was to be given its UK television première on BBC Two on October 21. who he claims lives in "a slu m". He denied that he was concerned onl y with the view from the golf links. claim ing it was defamatory and misleading. Kohlberg Kravis Roberts. Aberdeenshire. 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. he stated he bought stock in Bank of America. follows the development's progress. These s upposed benefits were disputed by the London School of Economics. First Minister Alex Salmond citing economic benefits Trump had promi sed as justifying the unusual step of permitting development on an SSSI. In December 2012. and being awarded an honorary degree by The Robert Gordon University. In April 2011. Hayden Connell. Trump revealed t hat he also added shares of Facebook to his stock portfolio. insulting a local farmer. Citigroup. "It is not only for my project.a group of investors that included Bain Capital. and planning permission was initially refused by A berdeenshire Council. at the corne r of East 56th Street in Midtown Manhattan. in spi te of a professor at that university returning his own honorary degree in protes t. 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. The screening went ahead. which he later used to finance Trump Casino & Resorts. A protest group campaigned actively. hol iday homes. but he also stated that prime real estate at good prices is hard to get. Donald Trump's 1⁄3 share was $200 milli on. ==== Stock market investments ==== In 2011. Scotland anno uncing that he intended to create the best golf course in the world on a site of special scientific interest (SSSI). and designed by Der Scutt of Swanke. he wrote to First Minister Alex Salmond expressing his view that the planned structures were ugly. He later bought the Eastern Shuttle routes. Trump has objected to plans for an offshore windfarm to be built within sight of the golf links. Caterpillar Inc. You've Been Trumped. Trump at one time acted as a financial advisor for Mike Tyson. Trump was an owner of the New Jers ey Generals football team. the BBC defendin g the decision and stating that Trump had refused the opportunity to take part i n the film. It shows Trump speaking locally about his am bitions for the project. Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble. hosting Tyson's f ight against Michael Spinks in Atlantic City. I ntel. It also queries the supposed economic benefits and examines the ecological im pact and the effect on local residents. In 2009. An award-winning 2011 documentary film. 2012. New York City. It was developed by T rump and the Equitable Life Assurance Company. It led to controversy. it . 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. with opposition voiced by environmentalists. 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. ==== Trump Tower ==== Trump Tower is a 58-story mixed-use skyscraper at 725 Fifth Avenue. ==== Scottish golf course ==== In 2006. The project includes plans for a hotel. by Anthony Baxter. Among the stocks Trump purchas ed. In 2011. housing and two golf courses. Trum p's lawyers contacted the BBC to demand that the film should not be shown.

Donald Trump filed a tra demark application for the catchphrase "You're fired. and Miss Teen USA pageants. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. He has been the subject of comedians. featuring comedian Seth Meyers. who had violated pageant behavioral guidelines. Flash cartoon artists. Trump's daughter Ivanka was seen in the audience. Trump purchased the Turnberry hotel and golf resort in Ayr shire. In 2004. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps." For the first year of the show. The other contestants were succ essively "fired" and eliminated from the game. 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." In 201 2. he is curr ently paid a reported $3 million per episode. In April 2014. Scotland. a decision Trump said he would appeal. Trump also has his own daily talk radio program called Trumped!. 2014. has mad e appearances as a caricatured version of himself in television series and films (e. and Ant hony Jeselnik among regular roast participants. Miss USA. On February 11. in March 2014. which is a regular fixture in the Open Championship rota. Trump expressed public interest in purchasing the team. Trump's advertisement comparing wind farms to terrorism was banned by the Advertising Standards Authority. === 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. Trump became the executive producer and host of the NBC reality show. D ays of Our Lives. and o nline caricature artists. making him one of the highest paid TV personalities. in which a group of competitors battled for a high-level manageme nt job in one of Trump's commercial enterprises. 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. Snoop Dogg.). Trump received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to television (The Apprentice). The Nanny. In March 2011. The organiz ation produces the Miss Universe. T he Apprentice. talk show host Rosie O'Donnell criticized Trump's lenience toward Miss USA. Ir eland. When speaking to the media. === The Apprentice === In 2003. Along with British TV producer Mark Burnett. === Buffalo Bills === Following the death of Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr. This sparked a tabloid war between the two celebrities which lasted for several weeks thereaf ter. == Entertainment media == In the more to preserve Scotland's beautiful coastline and natural heritage. Trump was paid $50. and as a character (The Lit tle Rascals). T rump has made it clear that should he purchase the team. The special was hosted by Seth MacFarlane. it was announced that Trump had purchased Doonbeg Golf Clu b in the Republic of Ireland.000 for the first season).000 per episode (roughly $700 . Trump also put together The Celebri . Trump was the subject of a Comedy Central Roast. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. In 2007. Trump announced that if the windfarm were built he would abandon his plans fo r the hotel and housing at the golf links. Trump attended the White House Correspondents' Dinner. In Decem ber 2006. and roasters included Larry King. Donald Trump is a two-time Emmy Award–nominated personality. but following the show's initial success. Tara Conner.g. the Bills would remain in Buffalo. In April 2011.

=== World Wrestling Entertainment === Trump is a known World Wrestling Entertainment fan and friend of WWE owner Vince McMahon. on CNN's The Situation Room at the time. Donald Trump has made contributions to campaigns . 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. Working out detailed plans will take time. 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. His entrance theme "Money. Trump touted himself as "a conservative on most issues. He speculated that Rudy Giuliani and Hillary Clinto n could win the Republican and Democratic Presidential nominations. and. Trump said in an interview in 2007. and he and Trump b oth proceeded to shave McMahon bald. 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.S. McMahon announced on Monday Night Raw that he had "sold" the show to Donald Trump." Since the 1990 U. B ut the goal should be clear: Our people are our greatest asset. Medicare and Medicaid. Trump expressed a desire to run as a third-party candidate for the United States presidency. not necessar ily the party. which he estimated would raise $5." Renegotiation of U. particula rly concerning the Iraq War. Trump officially endorsed John McCain for the U. Trump was interviewed by Jesse Ve ntura ringside at WrestleMania XX. On September 17. On June 15. combined with outlawing soft money c ampaign contributions. I vote for Republicans and I vote for Democrats. socially moderate candidate. permanent abolition of the 55 percent federa l inheritance tax. Trump's Trump Taj Mahal in Atlant ic City was host to the 1991 WBF Championship (which was owned by WWE.000. as part of a storyline. economic policies Trump proposed include: Institution of a once-only 14. considering a bid for the nomination of the R eform Party as a business conservative. trade policies. but a liberal on this one. by way of compensatin g this one-time tax on the wealthy. in a hair versus hair match. In October 2007. Trump again registered as a Republican in 2009 after ha ving registered with the Democratic Party in 2001.25 percent tax on personal estates and trusts over $10 million. Appearing on screen. where well-known stars compete to win money for their charities. Regarding universal health care. For 2004 and 2008. Money" was written by Jim Johnston. 2009.S.S. McMahon "bought back" Raw the following week. Repeal of limits on campaign contributions. "I'm very much independent in that way. 2008.7 trillion in revenue toward ret irement of the national debt. While Trump and Burnett co-produced the show. He made his fifth Wrestlemania appearance the next night. with either Trump or McMahon having their head shaved if their competitor lost. Lashley won the match. dec iding winners and "firing" losers. known at the time as the "World Wrestling Federation"). over whether a candidate for President could win the election by supporting a continued escalation of the war in Iraq. I go for the person. respectively . Trump appeared on Larry King Live and delive red a strong criticism of then-United States President George W. He express ed doubt. and supplementing t he funding of Social Security. 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. Bush. I mean. He has hosted two WrestleMania events in the Trump Plaza and has been an active participant in several of the shows.ty Apprentice. The America We Deserve. == Political activity == In the 2000 election. tax cuts for the middle class. In his 2000 tome. and voiced some support for either of them being elected President. Trump stayed in the forefront. elections. Presid ency on Larry King Live.

Rahm Emanu el. supporting Second Amendment rights of g un ownership and opposing gun control. with having taken a more active role in Israeli poli tics as of 2012. He f urther cemented his endorsement of Benjamin Netanyahu by saying "there’s nobody li ke him! He’s a winner. 2011.S. 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 States. Trump announced he would not be the celebrity pace-car driver fo r the 2011 Indianapolis 500 as had been announced on April 5. Rudolph Giuliani. subjected to significant imp ort tariffs as a response to China s currency manipulation in order to help bala nce the U. Time ran the headline "Donald Trump Begins Not Running For President" and The Huffington Post was similarly skeptical of whethe r he would run. 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. one point ahead of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. beginning after the city s mayoral primary in 1989. Harry Reid. Trump made a F ebruary speech to a CPAC gathering. Trump participated in the "Politics and Eggs" for um at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College. In his primary campaign. These have included Re publicans John McCain. 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. A Newsweek poll conducted in February 2011 showed Trump within a few points of Barack Obam a. in the video from his office in Manhattan. an early venue for candidates considering a presidential run. should disengage in Iraq and Afghanistan. Trump stated he made the decision because of business co nstraints. John Kerry. 2011. Regardless of this skepticism. he’s highly thought of by all. advocates the repeal and replacement of P atient Protection and Affordable Care Act. stating that "A strong prime minister is a strong Israel. as a write-in candidate in its straw poll for the office. In Decemb er 2008. He said he would impose a 25 percent tariff on Chinese good s. Trump said he considered himself a potential candidate for President of the United States in the 2012 election. Trump s present political stances include being pro-life. by the India napolis Motor Speedway. an accusation he has denied. On May 16. Newt Gingrich. supporting defining ma rriage as between one man and one woman.S. 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. Trump says he is "a big fan of Israel". durin g the 2013 Israeli elections. he’s highly respected. Charles Schumer. 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. In January 2013. 2011. and George W." An ardent Zionist. 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. 2011 . Trump endorsed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. and Ch arles Rangel. a popular spot for presidential candidates visiting New Hampshire. Trump posted his endorsement via a YouTube video where. Tom Daschle. Hillary Clinton.of both Republican Party and Democratic Party candidates. A city election bo ard spokeswoman confirmed the story. On May 5. On May 23. This scheduled visit i s important because the event is taking place in mid June 2011." === Potential candidacy for President of the United States === In 2010. His campaign has been reported by some media as a possible promotional tool for his reality show The Apprentice. supposedly after Trump had been supposed to make his decision whether to or not to run. anti-foreign aid. budget. Joe Biden. Bush and D emocrats Ted Kennedy. He also believes the U. Kirsten Gillibrand. Trump announced he would not run for president. with many voters undecided in the November 2012 general election for Presiden t of the United States. 2011. Anthony Weiner. On April 23.

Trump spent over $1 million to research a possible run for pr esident of the United States in 2016." === Statements about Barack Obama === Speaking to an audience of more than five thousand people in Boca Raton. Public Policy Polling described the events as "one of the qu ickest rises and falls in the history of presidential politics". In February 2012 he endorsed Mitt Romney prior to the Nevada caucuses. referred to him as such in an interview. say whether he would be releasing his own tax returns." though no revelation or information was e ver subsequently published. 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. so vital that we choose the right person. Following President Obama s re-election." Trump brought attention to conspiracy theories questioning Obama s citizenship s tatus in media appearances and received heavy criticism from political opponents for this. commenting "they cannot believe what they re finding. April 25. While it has been reported that he does not shake hands because of fear of germs . history. Trump disclosed that he had sent researchers to Hawaii to investigate the matter of Obama s citizenship status.S. In October 2013. New York. 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. if she were to win the Republi can nomination." In an April 2011 NBC interview. and plays regularly at the other courses he owns and operates . New York Republicans circ ulated a memo suggesting Trump should run of governor of the state in 2014 again st Andrew Cuomo. He is a member of the Winged Foot Golf Club in Mam aroneck." In December 2011. == Personal life == Trump is popularly known as The Donald. 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. Florida on April 16. h owever. despite suggestin g that he would make those public when Obama produced his long-form birth certif icate.. However in December . Trump is a golfer. adding: "The coun try is so important. and at this momen t. a nickname perpetuated by the media afte r his first wife Ivana Trump. On Anderson Cooper 360° on CNN. 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 he wanted Obama to end the issue by releasing the long-form of his birth ce rtificate. . Trump deleted the last c omment when it became clear that Obama had won the electoral college and also th e popular vote. In an NBC-TV interview broadcast April 7. I don t see that person. and shook hands repeatedly i n public during a visit to New Hampshire in April 2011. running for governor was not of great interest to him. Trump said he was "no t satisfied that Obama had proven his citizenship. Trump was suggested as a possible Vice Presidential selection by Michele Bachmann. he claims this is "a rumor that the enemies say". a native of the Czech Republic. but did not. In 2013. 2011. 2011. 2011. Trump was a featured speaker at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conferenc e (CPAC). Trump expressed pride at his role in the rele ase of the long-form certificate in a press conference follow-up. with a low single-figure handicap. 2011. 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". Trump gav e media interviews endorsing Romney before the Michigan primary. In May 2011. With media coverage and Trump s repeated calls for release of the bir th certificate. Trump said that while New York had problems and taxes were too high. Trump stated that he hadn t ruled out running for president.

United Kingdom. on a holiday i n New York. Donald J ohn III. In September 2010. at which time Trump was the company s president. on March 20. "I m a Protestant. Jr. 1977).Trump s mother. she met Fred Trump and stayed in New York. 1999. aged 18. Stornoway on the Isle of Le wis. (Kai Madison. Melania gave birth to a boy named Barron William Tru mp. 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". Fred. the Justice Department sued Trump Management Corporation for alleged ra cial discrimination. They were divorced in 1992. Trump and Knauss married on January 22. He also appeared on Fox s Hannity." A 2010 article in The Daily Telegraph stated that Trump was Catholic. was born in 1912 at Tong. Maryanne and Elizabeth. A February 2011 Politics Daily article described Trump as "apparently a member of the Dutch Reformed Church. with the RCA website statin g that the RCA has a local church "presbyterian form of government". In an April 2011 interview. His older sister.. (who is deceased) and Robert S . on the 700 Club. Trump was quoted by the New York Post that. Florida. Marble Collegiate Church also states that it is denomination ally affiliated with the Reformed Church in America. which is a Presbyterian denomination". while he "is a big believer in freedom of rel igion. Tiffany (born October 13. criticized "Trump s letter o ffering to buy the site as a publicity stunt".. Trump has four siblings: two brothers. Trum p commented on his ex-wives by saying. Trump has stated in interviews that he is a Presbyterian.". Trump has six grandchildren.. Maryanne Tru mp Barry. In 1930. Born in Queens. 1984). Trump. a native of S lovenia. 1981). Trump expressed on Anderson Cooper s show on CNN. and Spencer Frederick) and two from his daughter Ivanka (Arabella Rose and Joseph Frederick ). Four from his son Donald Jr. according to the Post. on the island of Palm Beach. Jr. and two sisters. In 1977. Mary Anne. Trump s fifth child. After the rape of a white female jogger in Central Park in 1989. off the coast of Scotland. Explaining that church s organizational relationships. Andrew Cusack in 2008 stated that Donald Trump is a member of New York City s Marble Collegia te Church. I really love it. his personal opinion was that the mosque should not be built close t o Ground Zero . Tristan Milos. Ivanka (born October 30. And you know I ve had a good relationship with the church over the yea rs." On April 26. he said that he is "a Presbyterian within the Protestant group". I think my religion is a wonderful re ligion. 2004. Trump said. New York. In April 2011 on Human Events. 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. and said much the same. he married Marla Maples and together they had one child. 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 . . Trump married Ivana Zelníčková and together they have three children: Donald. They divorced on June 8. Trump does not drink alcohol. he proposed to Melania Knauss (Melanija Knavs). and Eric (born Ja nuary 6. In 1993. After Trump offered in a letter to buy the two-building site for more than $6 million in order to end the general controversy. == Controversies == === Allegations of racism === In 1973. at Bethesda by the Sea Ep iscopal Church. The federa l government filed the lawsuit against his New York real estate company for disc riminating against potential black renters. his "suspic ions of ulterior motives at the imam running the project" known as Park51. 1993). 2006. the lawyers f or the majority stakeholder. I m a Pres byterian. In a February 2008 interview on ABC s news program Nightline. 2005. claim ing the imam was "using religion" (meaning Islam) to get a good price for the re al estate.. is a federal appeals court judge. followed by a reception at Trump s Mar-A-Lago estate. (born December 31.

9% were Hispanic and 2. 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. 2011. but we ll ha ve to see". is totally overrated. Trump shared his thoughts on race and crime on Twitter which wa s considered controversial and prejudiced. We can hope that kind of comes to an end too." Walt er Fields. O Donnell. Trump sent a tweet about Jon Stewart of The Daily Show. by critics. while interviewing Dr. while 18. it s all a rodeo.all later exonerated." === Litigation === On August 24. former head of NAACP New Jersey. And then it s no longer fun" about Trump questioning Obama s entry into Harvard. One of the defendant’s lawyers. tweeted in response: "I knew you were more than just a racist. The statistics that Fox News pundit Bill O Reilly cited were from the 2012 New York City Enforcement Report compiled by the police department. Beginning in . acco rding to the figures in the report. Referring to Trump. but he ou ght to be prepared to apologize just for that kind of behavior. In April 2011. "That s just code for saying he got into law school because he s black. 80% of all the shootings in New York City are blacks-if you a dd Hispanics. David Letterman. th e overwhelming amount of violent crime in our major cities is committed by black s and hispanics-a tough subject-must be discussed". and I m not sure we want him back under those circumstances. Deggans wrote in a Tampa Bay Times column. in reference to a black ac countant at Trump Plaza. that figure goes to 98%. 78. when Trump made allegations that Obama didn t get good enough gra des to warrant entry to Harvard Law School. In mid-April 2011. Trump was accused of making racial slurs against black people in a book written by John R. based on 662 shooting suspects. 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. He also told O Donnell : "Black guys counting my money! I hate it. In 1991. On June 5. Colin Moore. it remains puzzling that NBC cont inues to offer a platform to someone so willing to pass along prejudice disguise d as political speech. a lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderm an alleged that Trump defrauded more than 5. when Trump was asked during a radio interview about whether o r not he is supported by African-Americans. compared Trump s stance to the racist attitudes expressed in the 1930s during the infamous Sco ttsboro Boys case. Schieffer said." Trump s questio ning regarding Obama s place of birth has provoked additional charges of racism.000 persons of $40 million. he replied "I have a great relations hip with the blacks. Trump tweeted: "According to Bill O Reilly. Trump also tweeted: "Sadly. 2013. 2013. This is an ugly strain of racism that s running thro ugh this whole thing. Phil McGraw in his La te Show said "It s all fun. The only kind of people I want count ing my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day. "There is no doubt that violent crime is a serious problem in communities of color. "laziness is a trait in blacks"." Andy Lassner. However. Proud o f you for showing your anti-semitic stripes too. Wh o. Jesse Jackson and Whoopi Goldberg accusing him of employing crude and unfair stereotypes. producer of the Ellen DeGene res Show." In response. until it starts to smack of racism.2% of shooting suspects were black. former president of Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino. 2013. Media critic Eric Deggans dismissed Tr ump s views. c alled Trumped!. As always. Trump University. Letterman added "if he comes back on t his show." On April 24. with a number of public figures including Bill Maher.4% were white. 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. 1% white". it s all a circus. but connecting it to race in such a blunt and unfair fashion seems more about blaming certain kinds of people than solving the problem. On April 27. I ve always had a great relationship with the blacks. CBS News chief Washington correspond ent Bob Schieffer called it absurd. by the way. described Trump s comments as "highl y offensive". O Donnell wrote that Trump once said.

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. to label them "shameful": "The autism-vaccine link has been disproven.2005. 2012 (which was World Autism Awareness Da y). ISBN 0-684-80849-8. led many to c riticize Trump for making dangerous and inaccurate statements regarding the caus es of autism. This was. in turn. but it gave Trump s lawyers until November 1. 2013. The three-day program. That can kill children. according to the suit. In Octo ber 2013.000. Trump stated that he suspects that vaccines may be linked to autism. == 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 [ . ABC News s Chief Health and Medical editor.500 seminar. His remarks on Twitter led Richard Besser. $1. to file their response. === Statements on vaccines and autism === Appearing on Fox & Friends on April 2. was used to plug "elite" courses that cost anywhere from $10. This. Trump s lawyers asked the court to extend the deadline for Trump to re spond to the lawsuit until mid-December." == Bibliography == Trump has authored many books including: == See also == == References == == Further reading == Blair. Simon & Schuster. The court rejected that request. 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. a s well as similar remarks he made on Twitter the following August. no more than a lengthy promotion for a three-day. Gwenda (2000).000 to $35. The Trumps.

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