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

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. Three years after construction of this controversial development began. buyers paid non-refundable deposits. 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. he turned the bankrupt Commodore Hotel into the Grand Hyatt and crea ted The Trump Organization. was started in 1980 with an expected 2½-year construction sche dule but was nowhere near completion by 1986. In 1 972 the Trump Organization sold Swifton Village for $6. he completed Trump World Tower.000 investment. Banks and bo nd holders had lost hundreds of millions of dollars. he began construction on Trump Place. the $1 billion Taj Mahal. The Trump International Hotel and Tower – Honolulu seems to be a success. The Trump International Hotel and Tower – Toronto has had a series of delays and a height reduction. a multi-buil ding development along the Hudson River. Trump has several projects under way. with the help of a 40 year tax abatement from the New York City g overnment. Trump moved to Manhattan and became involved in larger building project s and utilized attractive architectural design to win public recognition. Meanwhile. althoug h 30 percent of the units remain unsold. He mad e plans to acquire and develop the old Penn Central for $60 million with no mone y down. 1991. This expansion. Ohio. The New York City government had a plan to build the Javits Convention Center on property Trump held a right to buy option. Forbes valued Trump's w ealth at $3. Florida. In 2001. Construction of the Trump International Hotel and Tower – Chicago seems to be proceeding as planned. by 1991 increasing debt brought Tr ump to business bankruptcy and to the brink of personal bankruptcy. was the revitalizati on of the foreclosed Swifton Village apartment complex in Cincinnati. Trump acquired the Taj Mahal Casino in a transaction with Merv Griffin and Resorts International. According to Trump. Trump financed the construction of his third casino. The Wollman Ri nk in Central Park. both personal and business. 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.000 less than the remaining budget. In its October 7.75 million. poor business decisions left Trump unable to meet loan payments. By 1989. Trump took over the management of the project. Since 2011. The Taj Mahal re-emerged from bankruptcy on October 5.7 million in 1962. which was $750. primari ly with high-interest junk bonds. but opted to restructure hi s debt to avoid the risk of losing more money in court. In Fort Lauderdale. creditor-led bailout. at no cost to the city.95 million. Also. The late 1990s saw a resurgence in his financial situation and fame. whic h his father had purchased for $5. Trump owns commercial space in Trump In ternational Hotel and Tower. with varying levels of success in their pr ogress. and completed it in three months for $1. Later. a 44-story mixed-use (hotel and condominium) tower on Columbus Circle.9 bi . In 1988. committing to purchase every unit on the first day they were made available. 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. In 1971. a 72-story residential tower across from the Unite d Nations Headquarters. "Acreage Aces". 2007 Forbes 400 issue. his net worth has been estimated from $2. Much of the ne ws about him in the early 1990s involved his much publicized financial problems. and the resulting divorce from his first wife. Although he shored up his businesses with addi tional loans and postponed interest payments. turned the 1200-unit comple x with a 66 percent vacancy rate to 100 percent occupancy within two years. and remains a major figure in the field of real estate in t he United States and a celebrity for his prominent media exposures. construction has delayed and lawsuits have been filed.e of Trump's first projects. one Trump constructio n project was put on hold in favor of another (Trump International Hotel and Tow er – Fort Lauderdale). Trump became intimately inv olved in the project and with a $500. while he was still in college. Trump currently owns several million square feet of prime Ma nhattan real estate. Ivana Trump. extramarital affair with Marla Maples (whom he later marr ied).0 billion.

. Trump was elected to the Gaming Hall of Fame in 1995. Trump stating on February 13 that he would resign from the board. a stock brokerag e firm. === Legal affairs === In March 1990. Lender Deutsche Bank refused to let Trump lower the prices on the units to spur sales. 1992. By 1994. Arguing that the financial crisis and resulting drop in the real estate m arket is due to circumstances beyond his control. A defamat ion lawsuit by the analyst against Trump for $2 million was settled out of court . Wall Street drove its stock above $35 in 1996. According to former members of the Trump Organization. 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. Trump invoked a clause in the contract to not pay the loan. In May 2005 the company re-emerged fro m bankruptcy as Trump Entertainment Resorts Holdings. though he would not be paid and would not hav e a role in day-to-day operations. which lent Trump the money to buy the West Sid e yards. his biggest Manhattan parcel. On February 17. on October 21. the Trump Plaza Hotel filed a prepackaged Chapter 11 prot ection plan. Trump agreed to give up a 49 percent stake in the l uxury hotel to Citibank and five other lenders. 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. but by 1998 it had fallen into single digits as the company remained profitless. The analyst refused to retract the statements. and was fired by his fi rm. Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts announced a restruct uring of its debt.llion to $7 billion. he combined his c asino holdings into the publicly held Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts. Under the plan. Chase Manhattan Bank. In return Trump would receive mo re favorable terms on the remaining $550+ million owed to the lenders. == Business ventures and investments == === Trump branding and licensing === . Both parties agreed to drop their suits. Since then. whose analyst had made negative comments on the financial prospects of T aj Mahal. 2004. forced the sale of the tract to Asian dev elopers. In January 2002. Finally. alleging that it had comm itted several "misleading statements in the company's third-quarter 1999 earning s release. On November 2. Trump Entert ainment Resorts has three properties in Atlantic City. After the company applied for Chapter 11 Protection in November 2004. In 1995. he manage d to retain Trump Tower in New York City and control of his three casinos in Atl antic City. Trump threatened to sue Janney Montgomery Scott. Until that time. with bondholders receiving stock in exchange fo r surrendering part of the debt. Trump had eliminated a large portion of his $900 million personal debt and reduced significantly his nearly $3. While he was forced to relinquish the Trump Shuttle (which he had bought in 1989). Trump relinquished his CEO position but retained a role as Chairman of the Board." The matter was settled with the defendant neither admitting nor deny ing the charge. Trump then initiated a suit asserting that his ima ge had been damaged. the Securities and Exchange Commission brought a financial-repo rting case against Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts Inc. the owners of The West Side Yards gave him modest construct ion and management fees to oversee the development.5 billion in business debt. Trump Hotels has been forced to see k voluntary bankruptcy protection to stay afloat. The plan called for Trump's individual ownership to be reduce d from 56 percent to 27 percent. and sale of the un its is nearly complete. and retai n his position as chief executive. Taj Mahal declared bankruptcy for the first time in November 1990. 2009 Trump Entertainment Resorts filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy .

Trump Institute. 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. 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. amidst speculation whether Trump would run as a candidate in the US presidential election of 2012. sold their late father's real estate empire to .5 million for each one-hour prese ntation he does for The Learning Annex.6 billion. this po rtion of Trump's empire. Politico quoted unnamed sources close to him s tating that. for his own corporate logo. hospitality. Trump Sales and Leasing (residential sales). if Trump should decide to run for president. As early as 2005. Donald Trump uses the "Trump Medieval" font Georg designed. Trump Signature Collection (a line of menswear. Trump has since then moved on to establish the Trump name and brand in a multitude of other industries and products. Deutsche Bank valued Trump's net worth at $788 million. In 2011. Donald Trump The Fragrance (2004). Trump. Trump Mortgage. Trump Shuttle. and entertainme nt industries and having carved out a niche for the Trump brand within these ind ustries. Trump C atering. Trump Ice Cream Parlor. Trump Magazine. having a $562 million valuation. Donald Tr ump's Real Estate Tycoon (a business simulation game). In late 2003 . New York Ti mes writer Timothy L. a Bermuda-based financial services holdings company. formerly called the Trump University). is by far his most valuab le. and watches). Trump Ice. Many developers pay Trump to market their proper ties and to be the public face for their projects. Trump does n ot own many of the buildings that display his name." After the publication of the article. Trump Golf. (formerly A dnanCo Group). T rump Chocolate. Trump Books. === Other ventures === Other investments include a 17. Although not related to font designer Georg Trump. actually run by his children. in 2005. Trump reportedly receives $1. Trump unsuccessfully filed a libel lawsuit against O'Brien. men's accessories . T rump Restaurants (Located in Trump Tower and consisting of Trump Buffet.Beyond his traditional ventures in the real estate. saying that his b rand is worth about $3 billion. and Trump Bar). Inc.) Although Trump did not run as a candidate in the 2012 elections. ==== Net worth ==== Estimates of Trump's net worth have fluctuated along with real estate valuations : In 2013. 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. but low by a multiple. along with his siblings." (Presidential candidates are required to disclose their finances after announcing their inten tions to run." While the magazine put Trump's 2004 ne t worth at $2. Trump The Game (1989 Board Game). Forbes reported that its financial experts had estimated the value of t he Trump brand at $200 million. including Trump Financial (a mortga ge firm). to which Trump objected. Donald J. In addition. According to Forbes. and Trump Ste aks. Trump home (home furnishings). Trump Vodka.2 billion. Trump has succeeded in marketing t he Trump name on a large number of products. In April 2011. Trump disputes this valuation. For that reason. Trump Productions (a television p roduction company). GoTrump (an online travel websi te). and very little debt. however. According to Forbes there are 33 licensing projects under development including seven "condo hotels" (the seven Trump Inter national Hotel and Tower developments). his professionally prepared 2012 financial disclosure was published in his book stating a $7 billion net worth. Forbes put it at $3. The Trump Entrepreneur In itiative (a business education company. In the lawsuit it was revealed that. Trump Model Management. it was dismissed in 2009.2 percent stake in Parker Adnan.

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

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

and he and Trump b oth proceeded to shave McMahon bald. I go for the person. permanent abolition of the 55 percent federa l inheritance tax.S.25 percent tax on personal estates and trusts over $10 million." Renegotiation of U. considering a bid for the nomination of the R eform Party as a business conservative. == Political activity == In the 2000 election. Trump expressed a desire to run as a third-party candidate for the United States presidency. Money" was written by Jim Johnston." Since the 1990 U. 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. trade policies. Trump stayed in the forefront.7 trillion in revenue toward ret irement of the national debt. economic policies Trump proposed include: Institution of a once-only 14. 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. not necessar ily the party. 2009. He made his fifth Wrestlemania appearance the next night. 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. Medicare and Medicaid. Trump again registered as a Republican in 2009 after ha ving registered with the Democratic Party in 2001. Trump officially endorsed John McCain for the U. in a hair versus hair match.ty Apprentice. For 2004 and 2008. tax cuts for the middle class. Lashley won the match. McMahon announced on Monday Night Raw that he had "sold" the show to Donald Trump. Regarding universal health care. socially moderate candidate. He has hosted two WrestleMania events in the Trump Plaza and has been an active participant in several of the shows. by way of compensatin g this one-time tax on the wealthy. dec iding winners and "firing" losers. Trump touted himself as "a conservative on most issues. Trump's Trump Taj Mahal in Atlant ic City was host to the 1991 WBF Championship (which was owned by WWE. Repeal of limits on campaign contributions. 2008. over whether a candidate for President could win the election by supporting a continued escalation of the war in Iraq. which he estimated would raise $5. known at the time as the "World Wrestling Federation"). Donald Trump has made contributions to campaigns . He speculated that Rudy Giuliani and Hillary Clinto n could win the Republican and Democratic Presidential nominations. elections. 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.S. Bush. I mean.S. "I'm very much independent in that way. In his 2000 tome. Trump appeared on Larry King Live and delive red a strong criticism of then-United States President George W. Appearing on screen. with either Trump or McMahon having their head shaved if their competitor lost. particula rly concerning the Iraq War. While Trump and Burnett co-produced the show. Presid ency on Larry King Live. Trump said in an interview in 2007.000. Trump was interviewed by Jesse Ve ntura ringside at WrestleMania XX. respectively . B ut the goal should be clear: Our people are our greatest asset. combined with outlawing soft money c ampaign contributions. I vote for Republicans and I vote for Democrats. McMahon "bought back" Raw the following week. as part of a storyline. on CNN's The Situation Room at the time. Working out detailed plans will take time. He express ed doubt. His entrance theme "Money. On September 17. On June 15. and. The America We Deserve. and voiced some support for either of them being elected President. === World Wrestling Entertainment === Trump is a known World Wrestling Entertainment fan and friend of WWE owner Vince McMahon. where well-known stars compete to win money for their charities. and supplementing t he funding of Social Security. In October 2007. but a liberal on this one.

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

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

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

" Trump s questio ning regarding Obama s place of birth has provoked additional charges of racism. 80% of all the shootings in New York City are blacks-if you a dd Hispanics. but he ou ght to be prepared to apologize just for that kind of behavior. This is an ugly strain of racism that s running thro ugh this whole thing. by critics. tweeted in response: "I knew you were more than just a racist. Trump tweeted: "According to Bill O Reilly. acco rding to the figures in the report. In 1991.2% of shooting suspects were black. In April 2011. Trump shared his thoughts on race and crime on Twitter which wa s considered controversial and prejudiced. He also told O Donnell : "Black guys counting my money! I hate it. former head of NAACP New Jersey. is totally overrated. Beginning in . The statistics that Fox News pundit Bill O Reilly cited were from the 2012 New York City Enforcement Report compiled by the police department. compared Trump s stance to the racist attitudes expressed in the 1930s during the infamous Sco ttsboro Boys case. with a number of public figures including Bill Maher. "laziness is a trait in blacks". when Trump was asked during a radio interview about whether o r not he is supported by African-Americans. Media critic Eric Deggans dismissed Tr ump s views. while 18. when Trump made allegations that Obama didn t get good enough gra des to warrant entry to Harvard Law School. The only kind of people I want count ing my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day. We can hope that kind of comes to an end too. it s all a circus. On April 27." In response. O Donnell." On April 24. As always. but connecting it to race in such a blunt and unfair fashion seems more about blaming certain kinds of people than solving the problem. Trump University.all later exonerated. CBS News chief Washington correspond ent Bob Schieffer called it absurd. However. Letterman added "if he comes back on t his show. Referring to Trump. 2013. In mid-April 2011. a lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderm an alleged that Trump defrauded more than 5. Schieffer said. Trump was accused of making racial slurs against black people in a book written by John R. 2013. 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. 78. it remains puzzling that NBC cont inues to offer a platform to someone so willing to pass along prejudice disguise d as political speech. Deggans wrote in a Tampa Bay Times column. One of the defendant’s lawyers." === Litigation === On August 24. 2013. by the way. Trump also tweeted: "Sadly. but we ll ha ve to see". th e overwhelming amount of violent crime in our major cities is committed by black s and hispanics-a tough subject-must be discussed". "That s just code for saying he got into law school because he s black. c alled Trumped!. producer of the Ellen DeGene res Show.4% were white." Walt er Fields. and I m not sure we want him back under those circumstances. based on 662 shooting suspects. O Donnell wrote that Trump once said. Phil McGraw in his La te Show said "It s all fun. former president of Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino. Jesse Jackson and Whoopi Goldberg accusing him of employing crude and unfair stereotypes. "There is no doubt that violent crime is a serious problem in communities of color.000 persons of $40 million. in reference to a black ac countant at Trump Plaza." Andy Lassner.9% were Hispanic and 2. that figure goes to 98%. And then it s no longer fun" about Trump questioning Obama s entry into Harvard. Trump sent a tweet about Jon Stewart of The Daily Show. On June 5. until it starts to smack of racism. David Letterman. 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. I ve always had a great relationship with the blacks. Proud o f you for showing your anti-semitic stripes too. 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. Wh o. 1% white". it s all a rodeo. described Trump s comments as "highl y offensive". Colin Moore. he replied "I have a great relations hip with the blacks. 2011. while interviewing Dr.

Trump s lawyers asked the court to extend the deadline for Trump to re spond to the lawsuit until mid-December. Trump stated that he suspects that vaccines may be linked to autism.000 to $35. ISBN 0-684-80849-8.000. $1. In Octo ber 2013. led many to c riticize Trump for making dangerous and inaccurate statements regarding the caus es of autism. His remarks on Twitter led Richard Besser. The Trumps. The court rejected that request. no more than a lengthy promotion for a three-day. ABC News s Chief Health and Medical editor. 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. was used to plug "elite" courses that cost anywhere from $10. Simon & Schuster. to file their response. a s well as similar remarks he made on Twitter the following August.2005. This was. to label them "shameful": "The autism-vaccine link has been disproven. 2013.500 seminar. 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. Gwenda (2000). 2012 (which was World Autism Awareness Da y). That can kill children. The three-day program. but it gave Trump s lawyers until November 1. in turn. according to the suit. == 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 [ ." == Bibliography == Trump has authored many books including: == See also == == References == == Further reading == Blair. This. === Statements on vaccines and autism === Appearing on Fox & Friends on April 2.