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

Ohio. led to mounting debt. In 1971. The Trump International Hotel and Tower – Honolulu seems to be a success. 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. construction has delayed and lawsuits have been filed. Meanwhile. "Acreage Aces". 1991. whic h his father had purchased for $5.7 million in 1962. Also. Trump currently owns several million square feet of prime Ma nhattan real estate. his net worth has been estimated from $2. Banks and bo nd holders had lost hundreds of millions of dollars. In 1 972 the Trump Organization sold Swifton Village for $6. Forbes valued Trump's w ealth at $3.000 investment. the $1 billion Taj Mahal. and remains a major figure in the field of real estate in t he United States and a celebrity for his prominent media exposures. at no cost to the city. This expansion. Trump took over the management of the project. In its October 7. Florida. Much of the ne ws about him in the early 1990s involved his much publicized financial problems. The late 1990s saw a resurgence in his financial situation and fame. was started in 1980 with an expected 2½-year construction sche dule but was nowhere near completion by 1986. In Fort Lauderdale. primari ly with high-interest junk bonds.000 less than the remaining budget. he turned the bankrupt Commodore Hotel into the Grand Hyatt and crea ted The Trump Organization. Trump acquired the Taj Mahal Casino in a transaction with Merv Griffin and Resorts International. a 44-story mixed-use (hotel and condominium) tower on Columbus Circle. with varying levels of success in their pr ogress. Trump became intimately inv olved in the project and with a $500. one Trump constructio n project was put on hold in favor of another (Trump International Hotel and Tow er – Fort Lauderdale). The New York City government had a plan to build the Javits Convention Center on property Trump held a right to buy option. a 72-story residential tower across from the Unite d Nations Headquarters. extramarital affair with Marla Maples (whom he later marr ied). he completed Trump World Tower. Trump moved to Manhattan and became involved in larger building project s and utilized attractive architectural design to win public recognition. Trump Towers – Atlanta is being developed in a hou sing market having the nation's second-highest inventory of unsold homes. turned the 1200-unit comple x with a 66 percent vacancy rate to 100 percent occupancy within two years. He mad e plans to acquire and develop the old Penn Central for $60 million with no mone y down. The Trump International Hotel and Tower – Toronto has had a series of delays and a height reduction. Since 2011. with the help of a 40 year tax abatement from the New York City g overnment. which was $750. and the resulting divorce from his first wife. In 1988. creditor-led bailout. he began construction on Trump Place.0 billion.e of Trump's first projects. Trump owns commercial space in Trump In ternational Hotel and Tower. Although he shored up his businesses with addi tional loans and postponed interest payments. The Wollman Ri nk in Central Park. In 2001. and completed it in three months for $1. a multi-buil ding development along the Hudson River.75 million. by 1991 increasing debt brought Tr ump to business bankruptcy and to the brink of personal bankruptcy. 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. The Taj Mahal re-emerged from bankruptcy on October 5. According to Trump. Trump financed the construction of his third casino.9 bi . both personal and business. but opted to restructure hi s debt to avoid the risk of losing more money in court. Trump has several projects under way. Construction of the Trump International Hotel and Tower – Chicago seems to be proceeding as planned. By 1989. 2007 Forbes 400 issue.95 million. committing to purchase every unit on the first day they were made available. Ivana Trump. was the revitalizati on of the foreclosed Swifton Village apartment complex in Cincinnati. buyers paid non-refundable deposits. althoug h 30 percent of the units remain unsold. Three years after construction of this controversial development began. 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. poor business decisions left Trump unable to meet loan payments. Later.

Trump stating on February 13 that he would resign from the board. Lender Deutsche Bank refused to let Trump lower the prices on the units to spur sales. Trump invoked a clause in the contract to not pay the loan. the Securities and Exchange Commission brought a financial-repo rting case against Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts Inc. 2004. and was fired by his fi rm. The plan called for Trump's individual ownership to be reduce d from 56 percent to 27 percent. forced the sale of the tract to Asian dev elopers. alleging that it had comm itted several "misleading statements in the company's third-quarter 1999 earning s release. 1992. though he would not be paid and would not hav e a role in day-to-day operations.llion to $7 billion.. According to former members of the Trump Organization. Both parties agreed to drop their suits. Trump relinquished his CEO position but retained a role as Chairman of the Board. he combined his c asino holdings into the publicly held Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts. 2009 Trump Entertainment Resorts filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy . and retai n his position as chief executive. == Business ventures and investments == === Trump branding and licensing === . Until that time. Since then. Arguing that the financial crisis and resulting drop in the real estate m arket is due to circumstances beyond his control. the owners of The West Side Yards gave him modest construct ion and management fees to oversee the development.5 billion in business debt." The matter was settled with the defendant neither admitting nor deny ing the charge. Trump threatened to sue Janney Montgomery Scott. In return Trump would receive mo re favorable terms on the remaining $550+ million owed to the lenders. Trump agreed to give up a 49 percent stake in the l uxury hotel to Citibank and five other lenders. On February 17. he manage d to retain Trump Tower in New York City and control of his three casinos in Atl antic City. 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). In May 2005 the company re-emerged fro m bankruptcy as Trump Entertainment Resorts Holdings. but by 1998 it had fallen into single digits as the company remained profitless. which lent Trump the money to buy the West Sid e yards. the Trump Plaza Hotel filed a prepackaged Chapter 11 prot ection plan. === Legal affairs === In March 1990. his biggest Manhattan parcel. with bondholders receiving stock in exchange fo r surrendering part of the debt. A defamat ion lawsuit by the analyst against Trump for $2 million was settled out of court . Trump was elected to the Gaming Hall of Fame in 1995. Wall Street drove its stock above $35 in 1996. whose analyst had made negative comments on the financial prospects of T aj Mahal. Taj Mahal declared bankruptcy for the first time in November 1990. Trump did not re tain any ownership of the site's real estate – the owners merely promised to give him about 30 percent of the profits once the site was completely developed or so ld. By 1994. Under the plan. on October 21. On November 2. and sale of the un its is nearly complete. Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts announced a restruct uring of its debt. In 1995. a stock brokerag e firm. 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. The analyst refused to retract the statements. Chase Manhattan Bank. Trump had eliminated a large portion of his $900 million personal debt and reduced significantly his nearly $3. Trump Entert ainment Resorts has three properties in Atlantic City. In January 2002. Trump Hotels has been forced to see k voluntary bankruptcy protection to stay afloat. Finally. Trump then initiated a suit asserting that his ima ge had been damaged.

==== Net worth ==== Estimates of Trump's net worth have fluctuated along with real estate valuations : In 2013. For that reason. T rump Restaurants (Located in Trump Tower and consisting of Trump Buffet. Trump. his professionally prepared 2012 financial disclosure was published in his book stating a $7 billion net worth. having a $562 million valuation. Trump Ice. 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. GoTrump (an online travel websi te). Forbes put it at $3. to which Trump objected. Trump Signature Collection (a line of menswear. and entertainme nt industries and having carved out a niche for the Trump brand within these ind ustries.2 billion. amidst speculation whether Trump would run as a candidate in the US presidential election of 2012. hospitality. a Bermuda-based financial services holdings company. According to Forbes there are 33 licensing projects under development including seven "condo hotels" (the seven Trump Inter national Hotel and Tower developments). Trump unsuccessfully filed a libel lawsuit against O'Brien. 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. Trump Golf. and Trump Bar). According to Forbes. Donald Trump uses the "Trump Medieval" font Georg designed." While the magazine put Trump's 2004 ne t worth at $2. this po rtion of Trump's empire. however. In late 2003 . Trump reportedly receives $1.) Although Trump did not run as a candidate in the 2012 elections. Trump disputes this valuation. In addition. Trump C atering. actually run by his children. Trump Vodka. Although not related to font designer Georg Trump. Donald Tr ump's Real Estate Tycoon (a business simulation game). is by far his most valuab le.6 billion. it was dismissed in 2009. Trump Model Management.2 percent stake in Parker Adnan. Inc. Trump Magazine. Trump The Game (1989 Board Game). for his own corporate logo. Donald J. As early as 2005.5 million for each one-hour prese ntation he does for The Learning Annex.Beyond his traditional ventures in the real estate. Donald Trump The Fragrance (2004). Trump Sales and Leasing (residential sales). sold their late father's real estate empire to . Deutsche Bank valued Trump's net worth at $788 million. Trump Ice Cream Parlor. New York Ti mes writer Timothy L. and very little debt. The Trump Entrepreneur In itiative (a business education company. in 2005. Trump has since then moved on to establish the Trump name and brand in a multitude of other industries and products. Trump has succeeded in marketing t he Trump name on a large number of products. In the lawsuit it was revealed that. In April 2011. including Trump Financial (a mortga ge firm). but low by a multiple. Trump Mortgage. formerly called the Trump University). In 2011. Trump home (home furnishings). Trump does n ot own many of the buildings that display his name." After the publication of the article. along with his siblings. Politico quoted unnamed sources close to him s tating that. and Trump Ste aks. Trump Productions (a television p roduction company). and watches). Many developers pay Trump to market their proper ties and to be the public face for their projects. Forbes reported that its financial experts had estimated the value of t he Trump brand at $200 million. saying that his b rand is worth about $3 billion. Trump Books. Trump Shuttle. 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. T rump Chocolate." (Presidential candidates are required to disclose their finances after announcing their inten tions to run. men's accessories . Trump Institute. === Other ventures === Other investments include a 17. (formerly A dnanCo Group). if Trump should decide to run for president.

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

President Obama used the occasion to pre sent several prepared jokes mocking Trump. It was also conf irmed that Doonbeg Golf Club would be renamed Trump International Golf Links. T rump has made it clear that should he purchase the team. he is curr ently paid a reported $3 million per episode. a decision Trump said he would appeal. in which a group of competitors battled for a high-level manageme nt job in one of Trump's commercial enterprises. Donald Trump is a two-time Emmy Award–nominated personality. When speaking to the media.)." In 201 2. Trump's advertisement comparing wind farms to terrorism was banned by the Advertising Standards Authority. Trump announced that if the windfarm were built he would abandon his plans fo r the hotel and housing at the golf links. On February 11. has mad e appearances as a caricatured version of himself in television series and films (e. In 2007. In April 2014. D ays of Our Lives. Trump attended the White House Correspondents' Dinner. Along with British TV producer Mark Burnett. in March 2014. Trump also put together The Celebri . 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. This sparked a tabloid war between the two celebrities which lasted for several weeks thereaf ter. Trump also has his own daily talk radio program called Trumped!. == Entertainment media == In the media. Trump expressed public interest in purchasing the team. In March 2011. He announced the purchase of the course on the day that his objection to the windfarm being built off the coast of his Scottish go lf course was dismissed. T he Apprentice. Ir eland. === Buffalo Bills === Following the death of Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr. Snoop Dogg." For the first year of the show. The Nanny. The organiz ation produces the Miss Universe. featuring comedian Seth Meyers. 2014.000 per episode (roughly $700 . The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. making him one of the highest paid TV personalities. === The Apprentice === In 2003. talk show host Rosie O'Donnell criticized Trump's lenience toward Miss USA. Trump purchased the Turnberry hotel and golf resort in Ayr shire. Trump's daughter Ivanka was seen in the audience. In Decem ber 2006. He has been the subject of comedians. who had violated pageant behavioral guidelines. and roasters included Larry King. Trump became the executive producer and host of the NBC reality show. more to preserve Scotland's beautiful coastline and natural heritage. but following the show's initial success. the Bills would remain in Buffalo. Trump received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to television (The Apprentice). In April 2011. Tara Conner. and Ant hony Jeselnik among regular roast participants. Trump was paid $50. Flash cartoon artists. In 2004. Trump was the subject of a Comedy Central Roast. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. and as a character (The Lit tle Rascals).000 for the first season). it was announced that Trump had purchased Doonbeg Golf Clu b in the Republic of Ireland.g. and o nline caricature artists. Miss USA. which is a regular fixture in the Open Championship rota. The other contestants were succ essively "fired" and eliminated from the game. and Miss Teen USA pageants. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. Donald Trump filed a tra demark application for the catchphrase "You're fired.

known at the time as the "World Wrestling Federation"). Trump stayed in the forefront. Medicare and Medicaid. On June 15. 2008. Presid ency on Larry King Live. and supplementing t he funding of Social Security. 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. tax cuts for the middle class. Trump was interviewed by Jesse Ve ntura ringside at WrestleMania XX.S.25 percent tax on personal estates and trusts over $10 million. Regarding universal health care. as part of a storyline. particula rly concerning the Iraq War. "I'm very much independent in that way. Donald Trump has made contributions to campaigns . socially moderate candidate. He speculated that Rudy Giuliani and Hillary Clinto n could win the Republican and Democratic Presidential nominations. == Political activity == In the 2000 election. but a liberal on this one.ty Apprentice. 2009. B ut the goal should be clear: Our people are our greatest asset. The America We Deserve. === World Wrestling Entertainment === Trump is a known World Wrestling Entertainment fan and friend of WWE owner Vince McMahon. which he estimated would raise $5. McMahon announced on Monday Night Raw that he had "sold" the show to Donald Trump. Trump officially endorsed John McCain for the U. Bush.S. Trump again registered as a Republican in 2009 after ha ving registered with the Democratic Party in 2001. trade policies. In October 2007. Trump said in an interview in 2007. 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. Appearing on screen. He express ed doubt. and. I go for the person. with either Trump or McMahon having their head shaved if their competitor lost. Money" was written by Jim Johnston. not necessar ily the party. Trump touted himself as "a conservative on most issues. I mean. 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. on CNN's The Situation Room at the time. Working out detailed plans will take time. economic policies Trump proposed include: Institution of a once-only 14.000. Trump expressed a desire to run as a third-party candidate for the United States presidency. In his 2000 tome. combined with outlawing soft money c ampaign contributions. His entrance theme "Money. over whether a candidate for President could win the election by supporting a continued escalation of the war in Iraq. On September 17. McMahon "bought back" Raw the following week. 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.7 trillion in revenue toward ret irement of the national debt. considering a bid for the nomination of the R eform Party as a business conservative. For 2004 and 2008. and voiced some support for either of them being elected President. and he and Trump b oth proceeded to shave McMahon bald. I vote for Republicans and I vote for Democrats." Renegotiation of U. Trump's Trump Taj Mahal in Atlant ic City was host to the 1991 WBF Championship (which was owned by WWE." Since the 1990 U. by way of compensatin g this one-time tax on the wealthy. He has hosted two WrestleMania events in the Trump Plaza and has been an active participant in several of the shows. Lashley won the match. in a hair versus hair match. While Trump and Burnett co-produced the show. dec iding winners and "firing" losers. Repeal of limits on campaign contributions. elections.S. Trump appeared on Larry King Live and delive red a strong criticism of then-United States President George W. permanent abolition of the 55 percent federa l inheritance tax. respectively . where well-known stars compete to win money for their charities. He made his fifth Wrestlemania appearance the next night.

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

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

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

" Walt er Fields. Deggans wrote in a Tampa Bay Times column. 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. "laziness is a trait in blacks". We can hope that kind of comes to an end too. while interviewing Dr. described Trump s comments as "highl y offensive". in reference to a black ac countant at Trump Plaza. Referring to Trump. 80% of all the shootings in New York City are blacks-if you a dd Hispanics. Trump was accused of making racial slurs against black people in a book written by John R. O Donnell wrote that Trump once said. Letterman added "if he comes back on t his show. a lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderm an alleged that Trump defrauded more than 5. He also told O Donnell : "Black guys counting my money! I hate it. that figure goes to 98%. 2011. 2013. Beginning in . while 18. with a number of public figures including Bill Maher. Media critic Eric Deggans dismissed Tr ump s views." In response. Trump sent a tweet about Jon Stewart of The Daily Show. Jesse Jackson and Whoopi Goldberg accusing him of employing crude and unfair stereotypes." Andy Lassner. In April 2011.2% of shooting suspects were black. is totally overrated. "That s just code for saying he got into law school because he s black. This is an ugly strain of racism that s running thro ugh this whole thing. O Donnell. The statistics that Fox News pundit Bill O Reilly cited were from the 2012 New York City Enforcement Report compiled by the police department. th e overwhelming amount of violent crime in our major cities is committed by black s and hispanics-a tough subject-must be discussed".4% were white. c alled Trumped!. "There is no doubt that violent crime is a serious problem in communities of color. On April 27. compared Trump s stance to the racist attitudes expressed in the 1930s during the infamous Sco ttsboro Boys case.000 persons of $40 million. Wh o. 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. based on 662 shooting suspects. acco rding to the figures in the report. 2013. I ve always had a great relationship with the blacks.9% were Hispanic and 2. producer of the Ellen DeGene res Show. 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 shared his thoughts on race and crime on Twitter which wa s considered controversial and prejudiced." On April 24." === Litigation === On August 24. it s all a rodeo. Phil McGraw in his La te Show said "It s all fun. CBS News chief Washington correspond ent Bob Schieffer called it absurd. tweeted in response: "I knew you were more than just a racist. until it starts to smack of racism." Trump s questio ning regarding Obama s place of birth has provoked additional charges of racism. but we ll ha ve to see". The only kind of people I want count ing my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day. 1% white". when Trump was asked during a radio interview about whether o r not he is supported by African-Americans. On June 5. Trump University. but he ou ght to be prepared to apologize just for that kind of behavior. As always. And then it s no longer fun" about Trump questioning Obama s entry into Harvard.all later exonerated. former head of NAACP New Jersey. former president of Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino. when Trump made allegations that Obama didn t get good enough gra des to warrant entry to Harvard Law School. One of the defendant’s lawyers. Trump tweeted: "According to Bill O Reilly. Colin Moore. Proud o f you for showing your anti-semitic stripes too. However. it remains puzzling that NBC cont inues to offer a platform to someone so willing to pass along prejudice disguise d as political speech. In mid-April 2011. In 1991. he replied "I have a great relations hip with the blacks. David Letterman. 2013. 78. but connecting it to race in such a blunt and unfair fashion seems more about blaming certain kinds of people than solving the problem. Schieffer said. it s all a circus. by critics. Trump also tweeted: "Sadly. by the way. and I m not sure we want him back under those circumstances.

according to the suit. === Statements on vaccines and autism === Appearing on Fox & Friends on April 2.000 to $35. 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. 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. Gwenda (2000). == 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. ISBN 0-684-80849-8. His remarks on Twitter led Richard Besser. to label them "shameful": "The autism-vaccine link has been disproven. a s well as similar remarks he made on Twitter the following August. $1. That can kill children. The Trumps. This. Trump stated that he suspects that vaccines may be linked to autism. was used to plug "elite" courses that cost anywhere from $10. Trump s lawyers asked the court to extend the deadline for Trump to re spond to the lawsuit until mid-December.000. In Octo ber 2013. led many to c riticize Trump for making dangerous and inaccurate statements regarding the caus es of autism. to file their response. This was. in turn.500 seminar. The court rejected that request. The three-day program. 2012 (which was World Autism Awareness Da y). no more than a lengthy promotion for a three-day. 2013.2005." == Bibliography == Trump has authored many books including: == See also == == References == == Further reading == Blair. Simon & Schuster. but it gave Trump s lawyers until November 1.