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
zation.
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

Trump acquired the Taj Mahal Casino in a transaction with Merv Griffin and Resorts International.000 less than the remaining budget. a 44-story mixed-use (hotel and condominium) tower on Columbus Circle. "Acreage Aces". The New York City government had a plan to build the Javits Convention Center on property Trump held a right to buy option. Ohio.95 million. Florida. which was $750. poor business decisions left Trump unable to meet loan payments.75 million. one Trump constructio n project was put on hold in favor of another (Trump International Hotel and Tow er – Fort Lauderdale). he began construction on Trump Place. The late 1990s saw a resurgence in his financial situation and fame. In Fort Lauderdale. Also. construction has delayed and lawsuits have been filed. The Taj Mahal re-emerged from bankruptcy on October 5. Meanwhile. Trump currently owns several million square feet of prime Ma nhattan real estate. By 1989. Later. In its October 7.7 million in 1962. This expansion. but opted to restructure hi s debt to avoid the risk of losing more money in court. The Trump International Hotel and Tower – Toronto has had a series of delays and a height reduction. Since 2011. extramarital affair with Marla Maples (whom he later marr ied). both personal and business. and completed it in three months for $1. was the revitalizati on of the foreclosed Swifton Village apartment complex in Cincinnati. a multi-buil ding development along the Hudson River. 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.e of Trump's first projects. by 1991 increasing debt brought Tr ump to business bankruptcy and to the brink of personal bankruptcy. a 72-story residential tower across from the Unite d Nations Headquarters.000 investment. He mad e plans to acquire and develop the old Penn Central for $60 million with no mone y down. led to mounting debt. the $1 billion Taj Mahal. primari ly with high-interest junk bonds. whic h his father had purchased for $5. Trump became intimately inv olved in the project and with a $500. In 1988. and the resulting divorce from his first wife. while he was still in college. 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. Although he shored up his businesses with addi tional loans and postponed interest payments. Trump moved to Manhattan and became involved in larger building project s and utilized attractive architectural design to win public recognition. Ivana Trump. Trump Towers – Atlanta is being developed in a hou sing market having the nation's second-highest inventory of unsold homes. Forbes valued Trump's w ealth at $3. 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. Trump financed the construction of his third casino. at no cost to the city. 2007 Forbes 400 issue. In 2001. he completed Trump World Tower. buyers paid non-refundable deposits. The Trump International Hotel and Tower – Honolulu seems to be a success. with the help of a 40 year tax abatement from the New York City g overnment. Trump has several projects under way. committing to purchase every unit on the first day they were made available. Trump owns commercial space in Trump In ternational Hotel and Tower. In 1 972 the Trump Organization sold Swifton Village for $6. was started in 1980 with an expected 2½-year construction sche dule but was nowhere near completion by 1986. with varying levels of success in their pr ogress. In 1971. The Wollman Ri nk in Central Park. Banks and bo nd holders had lost hundreds of millions of dollars. and remains a major figure in the field of real estate in t he United States and a celebrity for his prominent media exposures. Three years after construction of this controversial development began.9 bi . Trump took over the management of the project. 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. According to Trump. creditor-led bailout. he turned the bankrupt Commodore Hotel into the Grand Hyatt and crea ted The Trump Organization.0 billion. turned the 1200-unit comple x with a 66 percent vacancy rate to 100 percent occupancy within two years. 1991. althoug h 30 percent of the units remain unsold. his net worth has been estimated from $2.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

while interviewing Dr. c alled Trumped!. "laziness is a trait in blacks". Trump was accused of making racial slurs against black people in a book written by John R." Trump s questio ning regarding Obama s place of birth has provoked additional charges of racism. it remains puzzling that NBC cont inues to offer a platform to someone so willing to pass along prejudice disguise d as political speech. "There is no doubt that violent crime is a serious problem in communities of color. And then it s no longer fun" about Trump questioning Obama s entry into Harvard. Trump shared his thoughts on race and crime on Twitter which wa s considered controversial and prejudiced. Colin Moore. I ve always had a great relationship with the blacks. by critics. Media critic Eric Deggans dismissed Tr ump s views. compared Trump s stance to the racist attitudes expressed in the 1930s during the infamous Sco ttsboro Boys case. In 1991. In April 2011. that figure goes to 98%. One of the defendant’s lawyers. while 18. Wh o. He also told O Donnell : "Black guys counting my money! I hate it." === Litigation === On August 24.2% of shooting suspects were black. 1% white".4% were white.9% were Hispanic and 2. Letterman added "if he comes back on t his show. O Donnell wrote that Trump once said. Trump University. tweeted in response: "I knew you were more than just a racist. 2013. 2013. 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. acco rding to the figures in the report." In response." Walt er Fields. when Trump was asked during a radio interview about whether o r not he is supported by African-Americans. when Trump made allegations that Obama didn t get good enough gra des to warrant entry to Harvard Law School. 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. Beginning in . and I m not sure we want him back under those circumstances. it s all a rodeo. with a number of public figures including Bill Maher. it s all a circus. However. In mid-April 2011. former president of Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino. Schieffer said. is totally overrated. This is an ugly strain of racism that s running thro ugh this whole thing. producer of the Ellen DeGene res Show. but he ou ght to be prepared to apologize just for that kind of behavior. Phil McGraw in his La te Show said "It s all fun. Trump sent a tweet about Jon Stewart of The Daily Show. based on 662 shooting suspects. David Letterman. described Trump s comments as "highl y offensive". he replied "I have a great relations hip with the blacks. but we ll ha ve to see". CBS News chief Washington correspond ent Bob Schieffer called it absurd. Trump tweeted: "According to Bill O Reilly. Referring to Trump. O Donnell. As always. Jesse Jackson and Whoopi Goldberg accusing him of employing crude and unfair stereotypes. former head of NAACP New Jersey." Andy Lassner." On April 24. Deggans wrote in a Tampa Bay Times column. Trump also tweeted: "Sadly. until it starts to smack of racism. The statistics that Fox News pundit Bill O Reilly cited were from the 2012 New York City Enforcement Report compiled by the police department. Proud o f you for showing your anti-semitic stripes too. 80% of all the shootings in New York City are blacks-if you a dd Hispanics. The only kind of people I want count ing my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day. but connecting it to race in such a blunt and unfair fashion seems more about blaming certain kinds of people than solving the problem. 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. 2013. a lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderm an alleged that Trump defrauded more than 5. 2011. by the way. On April 27. "That s just code for saying he got into law school because he s black.000 persons of $40 million. 78. th e overwhelming amount of violent crime in our major cities is committed by black s and hispanics-a tough subject-must be discussed". On June 5. in reference to a black ac countant at Trump Plaza.all later exonerated. We can hope that kind of comes to an end too.

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. led many to c riticize Trump for making dangerous and inaccurate statements regarding the caus es of autism. This. That can kill children. Trump s lawyers asked the court to extend the deadline for Trump to re spond to the lawsuit until mid-December. Simon & Schuster. Trump stated that he suspects that vaccines may be linked to autism. in turn.000 to $35. == External links == The Trump Organization Column archives at The Huffington Post Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission Donald Trump at AllMusic Donald Trump at AllMovie Donald Trump collected news and commentary at The Wall Street Journal Donald Trump collected news and commentary at The Guardian Works by or about Donald Trump in libraries (WorldCat catalog) WWE Hall of Fame profile [ . ABC News s Chief Health and Medical editor." == Bibliography == Trump has authored many books including: == See also == == References == == Further reading == Blair. The Trumps. His remarks on Twitter led Richard Besser. ISBN 0-684-80849-8. 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. The three-day program. but it gave Trump s lawyers until November 1. according to the suit. Gwenda (2000). This was. === Statements on vaccines and autism === Appearing on Fox & Friends on April 2. to file their response. 2012 (which was World Autism Awareness Da y). The court rejected that request. 2013. $1. a s well as similar remarks he made on Twitter the following August.000.2005. no more than a lengthy promotion for a three-day.500 seminar. to label them "shameful": "The autism-vaccine link has been disproven. In Octo ber 2013. was used to plug "elite" courses that cost anywhere from $10.

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