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

Later. Trump moved to Manhattan and became involved in larger building project s and utilized attractive architectural design to win public recognition. The Wollman Ri nk in Central Park. he began construction on Trump Place. which was $750. whic h his father had purchased for $5. extramarital affair with Marla Maples (whom he later marr ied). Since 2011.7 million in 1962. creditor-led bailout. 1991. Meanwhile. This expansion. In Fort Lauderdale. 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. and completed it in three months for $1. while he was still in college. "Acreage Aces".0 billion. By 1989. the $1 billion Taj Mahal. poor business decisions left Trump unable to meet loan payments. a 44-story mixed-use (hotel and condominium) tower on Columbus Circle. Although he shored up his businesses with addi tional loans and postponed interest payments. According to Trump.75 million. The Taj Mahal re-emerged from bankruptcy on October 5. Forbes valued Trump's w ealth at $3. The New York City government had a plan to build the Javits Convention Center on property Trump held a right to buy option. Ohio. He mad e plans to acquire and develop the old Penn Central for $60 million with no mone y down. 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. Ivana Trump. was the revitalizati on of the foreclosed Swifton Village apartment complex in Cincinnati.9 bi . Florida. led to mounting debt. 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. The Trump International Hotel and Tower – Toronto has had a series of delays and a height reduction. In 1971. althoug h 30 percent of the units remain unsold. buyers paid non-refundable deposits. Also. one Trump constructio n project was put on hold in favor of another (Trump International Hotel and Tow er – Fort Lauderdale). his net worth has been estimated from $2. Trump currently owns several million square feet of prime Ma nhattan real estate.95 million. 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. at no cost to the city. Trump took over the management of the project. In 2001. Banks and bo nd holders had lost hundreds of millions of dollars. a 72-story residential tower across from the Unite d Nations Headquarters. In its October 7. In 1 972 the Trump Organization sold Swifton Village for $6. with varying levels of success in their pr ogress. Trump became intimately inv olved in the project and with a $500.000 investment. Trump has several projects under way. Trump owns commercial space in Trump In ternational Hotel and Tower. Trump financed the construction of his third casino. Trump acquired the Taj Mahal Casino in a transaction with Merv Griffin and Resorts International. he turned the bankrupt Commodore Hotel into the Grand Hyatt and crea ted The Trump Organization.000 less than the remaining budget. a multi-buil ding development along the Hudson River. committing to purchase every unit on the first day they were made available. The late 1990s saw a resurgence in his financial situation and fame. Trump Towers – Atlanta is being developed in a hou sing market having the nation's second-highest inventory of unsold homes. both personal and business. but opted to restructure hi s debt to avoid the risk of losing more money in court. construction has delayed and lawsuits have been filed. The Trump International Hotel and Tower – Honolulu seems to be a success.e of Trump's first projects. primari ly with high-interest junk bonds. 2007 Forbes 400 issue. was started in 1980 with an expected 2½-year construction sche dule but was nowhere near completion by 1986. by 1991 increasing debt brought Tr ump to business bankruptcy and to the brink of personal bankruptcy. he completed Trump World Tower. with the help of a 40 year tax abatement from the New York City g overnment. Three years after construction of this controversial development began. Construction of the Trump International Hotel and Tower – Chicago seems to be proceeding as planned. Much of the ne ws about him in the early 1990s involved his much publicized financial problems. In 1988. and the resulting divorce from his first wife.

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

Trump Ice. Deutsche Bank valued Trump's net worth at $788 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. Trump has succeeded in marketing t he Trump name on a large number of products. and entertainme nt industries and having carved out a niche for the Trump brand within these ind ustries. (formerly A dnanCo Group). Inc. Trump Signature Collection (a line of menswear. and watches). is by far his most valuab le.Beyond his traditional ventures in the real estate. Trump unsuccessfully filed a libel lawsuit against O'Brien. Donald Tr ump's Real Estate Tycoon (a business simulation game). ==== Net worth ==== Estimates of Trump's net worth have fluctuated along with real estate valuations : In 2013. In April 2011. Trump Golf.2 percent stake in Parker Adnan. saying that his b rand is worth about $3 billion. Trump Mortgage. According to Forbes. Trump Model Management. Many developers pay Trump to market their proper ties and to be the public face for their projects. === Other ventures === Other investments include a 17. if Trump should decide to run for president. In the lawsuit it was revealed that. in 2005. and very little debt. Donald J.5 million for each one-hour prese ntation he does for The Learning Annex. Trump Shuttle. Trump. Politico quoted unnamed sources close to him s tating that. In late 2003 . Trump The Game (1989 Board Game). having a $562 million valuation. to which Trump objected. for his own corporate logo. Trump Magazine. Trump home (home furnishings). T rump Chocolate. sold their late father's real estate empire to . New York Ti mes writer Timothy L. a Bermuda-based financial services holdings company. The Trump Entrepreneur In itiative (a business education company. this po rtion of Trump's empire. As early as 2005. For that reason. but low by a multiple. Donald Trump uses the "Trump Medieval" font Georg designed." After the publication of the article. GoTrump (an online travel websi te). formerly called the Trump University). Although not related to font designer Georg Trump. along with his siblings. men's accessories ." (Presidential candidates are required to disclose their finances after announcing their inten tions to run. it was dismissed in 2009. and Trump Bar). 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. Trump Productions (a television p roduction company). Trump reportedly receives $1. Forbes reported that its financial experts had estimated the value of t he Trump brand at $200 million. Trump Institute. Trump Ice Cream Parlor. Trump C atering. Trump Sales and Leasing (residential sales). Trump has since then moved on to establish the Trump name and brand in a multitude of other industries and products. his professionally prepared 2012 financial disclosure was published in his book stating a $7 billion net worth. Trump Books. O'Brien's 2005 article references three unnamed busines s associates of Trump who "thought his net worth was somewhere between $150 mill ion and $250 million. T rump Restaurants (Located in Trump Tower and consisting of Trump Buffet. actually run by his children. According to Forbes there are 33 licensing projects under development including seven "condo hotels" (the seven Trump Inter national Hotel and Tower developments). and Trump Ste aks. Trump Vodka. including Trump Financial (a mortga ge firm). Forbes put it at $3. hospitality. Donald Trump The Fragrance (2004). amidst speculation whether Trump would run as a candidate in the US presidential election of 2012. In addition.) Although Trump did not run as a candidate in the 2012 elections." While the magazine put Trump's 2004 ne t worth at $2. Trump disputes this valuation.6 billion.2 billion. Trump does n ot own many of the buildings that display his name. however. In 2011.

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

D ays of Our Lives. Trump also has his own daily talk radio program called Trumped!. When speaking to the media. Trump was paid $50. === Buffalo Bills === Following the death of Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr. who had violated pageant behavioral guidelines. talk show host Rosie O'Donnell criticized Trump's lenience toward Miss USA. Ir eland." In 201 2. in March 2014. The special was hosted by Seth MacFarlane. Trump received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to television (The Apprentice). === The Apprentice === In 2003. Scotland. === 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 more to preserve Scotland's beautiful coastline and natural heritage. Miss USA. has mad e appearances as a caricatured version of himself in television series and films (e. Tara Conner. This sparked a tabloid war between the two celebrities which lasted for several weeks thereaf ter. making him one of the highest paid TV personalities. Snoop Dogg.). in which a group of competitors battled for a high-level manageme nt job in one of Trump's commercial enterprises. featuring comedian Seth Meyers. Trump expressed public interest in purchasing the team. Trump became the executive producer and host of the NBC reality show. 2014. but following the show's initial success. In April 2011. == Entertainment media == In the media.g. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. In April 2014. In March 2011. T he Apprentice. and Miss Teen USA pageants. 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. and roasters included Larry King. Trump's daughter Ivanka was seen in the audience. In 2007. Flash cartoon artists. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. The other contestants were succ essively "fired" and eliminated from the game. and as a character (The Lit tle Rascals). On February 11. In 2004.000 per episode (roughly $700 . President Obama used the occasion to pre sent several prepared jokes mocking Trump. Trump announced that if the windfarm were built he would abandon his plans fo r the hotel and housing at the golf links. Donald Trump filed a tra demark application for the catchphrase "You're fired. and o nline caricature artists. He has been the subject of comedians. which is a regular fixture in the Open Championship rota.000 for the first season). Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. It was also conf irmed that Doonbeg Golf Club would be renamed Trump International Golf Links." For the first year of the show. he is curr ently paid a reported $3 million per episode. a decision Trump said he would appeal. In Decem ber 2006. Trump also put together The Celebri . the Bills would remain in Buffalo. Trump's advertisement comparing wind farms to terrorism was banned by the Advertising Standards Authority. The Nanny. Trump purchased the Turnberry hotel and golf resort in Ayr shire. Trump attended the White House Correspondents' Dinner. it was announced that Trump had purchased Doonbeg Golf Clu b in the Republic of Ireland. and Ant hony Jeselnik among regular roast participants. Along with British TV producer Mark Burnett. Donald Trump is a two-time Emmy Award–nominated personality. Trump was the subject of a Comedy Central Roast. The organiz ation produces the Miss Universe. T rump has made it clear that should he purchase the team.

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. socially moderate candidate. Working out detailed plans will take time.7 trillion in revenue toward ret irement of the national debt.000. In his 2000 tome. Regarding universal health care. McMahon announced on Monday Night Raw that he had "sold" the show to Donald Trump. While Trump and Burnett co-produced the show. as part of a storyline. He express ed doubt.S. 2008. Medicare and Medicaid. McMahon "bought back" Raw the following week. I vote for Republicans and I vote for Democrats. == Political activity == In the 2000 election." Since the 1990 U. with either Trump or McMahon having their head shaved if their competitor lost. economic policies Trump proposed include: Institution of a once-only 14. and he and Trump b oth proceeded to shave McMahon bald. He made his fifth Wrestlemania appearance the next night. Trump expressed a desire to run as a third-party candidate for the United States presidency. Bush. Trump was interviewed by Jesse Ve ntura ringside at WrestleMania XX. Trump appeared on Larry King Live and delive red a strong criticism of then-United States President George W. particula rly concerning the Iraq War. permanent abolition of the 55 percent federa l inheritance tax. Appearing on screen. "I'm very much independent in that way. In October 2007. tax cuts for the middle class. Trump stayed in the forefront. Donald Trump has made contributions to campaigns .S. and voiced some support for either of them being elected President. Trump officially endorsed John McCain for the U. === World Wrestling Entertainment === Trump is a known World Wrestling Entertainment fan and friend of WWE owner Vince McMahon.25 percent tax on personal estates and trusts over $10 million. Trump said in an interview in 2007. in a hair versus hair match. combined with outlawing soft money c ampaign contributions. I mean. He has hosted two WrestleMania events in the Trump Plaza and has been an active participant in several of the shows. B ut the goal should be clear: Our people are our greatest asset. 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. Presid ency on Larry King Live. where well-known stars compete to win money for their charities." Renegotiation of U.S. On June 15. Money" was written by Jim Johnston. His entrance theme "Money. 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. The America We Deserve. considering a bid for the nomination of the R eform Party as a business conservative. Trump again registered as a Republican in 2009 after ha ving registered with the Democratic Party in 2001. which he estimated would raise $5. by way of compensatin g this one-time tax on the wealthy. On September 17. respectively . He speculated that Rudy Giuliani and Hillary Clinto n could win the Republican and Democratic Presidential nominations. Trump's Trump Taj Mahal in Atlant ic City was host to the 1991 WBF Championship (which was owned by WWE. 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. and. but a liberal on this one. 2009. on CNN's The Situation Room at the time. Lashley won the match. I go for the person. 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. For 2004 and 2008. Repeal of limits on campaign contributions. elections. trade policies. Trump touted himself as "a conservative on most issues. and supplementing t he funding of Social Security.ty Apprentice. dec iding winners and "firing" losers. not necessar ily the party.

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

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

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

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

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