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

was started in 1980 with an expected 2½-year construction sche dule but was nowhere near completion by 1986. Three years after construction of this controversial development began. creditor-led bailout. Banks and bo nd holders had lost hundreds of millions of dollars. Trump currently owns several million square feet of prime Ma nhattan real estate. with varying levels of success in their pr ogress. with Trump ceding 50 percent ownership in t he casino to the original bondholders in exchange for lowered interest rates on the debt and more time to pay it off. he completed Trump World Tower. extramarital affair with Marla Maples (whom he later marr ied). Later. with the help of a 40 year tax abatement from the New York City g overnment. by 1991 increasing debt brought Tr ump to business bankruptcy and to the brink of personal bankruptcy. The Trump International Hotel and Tower – Toronto has had a series of delays and a height reduction. buyers paid non-refundable deposits. In Fort Lauderdale. The Wollman Ri nk in Central Park. Since 2011. while he was still in college. By 1989. he began construction on Trump Place. 2007 Forbes 400 issue. committing to purchase every unit on the first day they were made available. Meanwhile. Florida. at no cost to the city. Ivana Trump. In 1 972 the Trump Organization sold Swifton Village for $6. was the revitalizati on of the foreclosed Swifton Village apartment complex in Cincinnati.000 investment. and the resulting divorce from his first wife. Construction of the Trump International Hotel and Tower – Chicago seems to be proceeding as planned. primari ly with high-interest junk bonds. the $1 billion Taj Mahal. a multi-buil ding development along the Hudson River.000 less than the remaining budget. whic h his father had purchased for $5. Trump owns commercial space in Trump In ternational Hotel and Tower. althoug h 30 percent of the units remain unsold. Trump took over the management of the project. He mad e plans to acquire and develop the old Penn Central for $60 million with no mone y down. Also. The late 1990s saw a resurgence in his financial situation and fame. Trump moved to Manhattan and became involved in larger building project s and utilized attractive architectural design to win public recognition. The Trump International Hotel and Tower – Honolulu seems to be a success. This expansion. According to Trump. Trump financed the construction of his third casino. Much of the ne ws about him in the early 1990s involved his much publicized financial problems. one Trump constructio n project was put on hold in favor of another (Trump International Hotel and Tow er – Fort Lauderdale). Trump became intimately inv olved in the project and with a $500. his net worth has been estimated from $2. turned the 1200-unit comple x with a 66 percent vacancy rate to 100 percent occupancy within two years. 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 $3.75 million. In 1971. Ohio. Trump has several projects under way. a 44-story mixed-use (hotel and condominium) tower on Columbus Circle. Although he shored up his businesses with addi tional loans and postponed interest payments. In its October 7. 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. In 1988. construction has delayed and lawsuits have been filed.7 million in 1962. both personal and business. 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.95 million. The Taj Mahal re-emerged from bankruptcy on October 5. and remains a major figure in the field of real estate in t he United States and a celebrity for his prominent media exposures. Trump acquired the Taj Mahal Casino in a transaction with Merv Griffin and Resorts International. In 2001. 1991. but opted to restructure hi s debt to avoid the risk of losing more money in court. led to mounting debt.9 bi .0 billion. which was $750. a 72-story residential tower across from the Unite d Nations Headquarters. "Acreage Aces". poor business decisions left Trump unable to meet loan payments. The New York City government had a plan to build the Javits Convention Center on property Trump held a right to buy option.e of Trump's first projects. he turned the bankrupt Commodore Hotel into the Grand Hyatt and crea ted The Trump Organization. and completed it in three months for $1.

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

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

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

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

In his 2000 tome. Trump was interviewed by Jesse Ve ntura ringside at WrestleMania XX. Medicare and Medicaid. over whether a candidate for President could win the election by supporting a continued escalation of the war in Iraq.ty Apprentice. In October 2007. and he and Trump b oth proceeded to shave McMahon bald. but a liberal on this one. Trump appeared on Larry King Live and delive red a strong criticism of then-United States President George W. Appearing on screen. == Political activity == In the 2000 election. Presid ency on Larry King Live.S. I go for the person. Trump was inducted into the celebrity wing of the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013 at Ma dison Square Garden due to his contributions to the promotion. Trump touted himself as "a conservative on most issues. === World Wrestling Entertainment === Trump is a known World Wrestling Entertainment fan and friend of WWE owner Vince McMahon. Trump expressed a desire to run as a third-party candidate for the United States presidency. known at the time as the "World Wrestling Federation"). 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. with either Trump or McMahon having their head shaved if their competitor lost. combined with outlawing soft money c ampaign contributions. where well-known stars compete to win money for their charities. socially moderate candidate. particula rly concerning the Iraq War. Bush. Trump officially endorsed John McCain for the U.000. Working out detailed plans will take time. "I'm very much independent in that way. While Trump and Burnett co-produced the show. The America We Deserve. Money" was written by Jim Johnston. He speculated that Rudy Giuliani and Hillary Clinto n could win the Republican and Democratic Presidential nominations. as part of a storyline. Repeal of limits on campaign contributions. considering a bid for the nomination of the R eform Party as a business conservative. Regarding universal health care." Renegotiation of U. in a hair versus hair match. I vote for Republicans and I vote for Democrats. economic policies Trump proposed include: Institution of a once-only 14. B ut the goal should be clear: Our people are our greatest asset. McMahon announced on Monday Night Raw that he had "sold" the show to Donald Trump. Trump again registered as a Republican in 2009 after ha ving registered with the Democratic Party in 2001.S. tax cuts for the middle class. 2008. I mean. trade policies. elections. 2009. 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. on CNN's The Situation Room at the time. and supplementing t he funding of Social Security.S. by way of compensatin g this one-time tax on the wealthy. respectively . McMahon "bought back" Raw the following week. On September 17.7 trillion in revenue toward ret irement of the national debt. For 2004 and 2008. Donald Trump has made contributions to campaigns . He made his fifth Wrestlemania appearance the next night.25 percent tax on personal estates and trusts over $10 million. Trump stayed in the forefront. permanent abolition of the 55 percent federa l inheritance tax. 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 said in an interview in 2007. which he estimated would raise $5. not necessar ily the party. and." Since the 1990 U. Lashley won the match. and voiced some support for either of them being elected President. He express ed doubt. On June 15. He has hosted two WrestleMania events in the Trump Plaza and has been an active participant in several of the shows. dec iding winners and "firing" losers. Trump's Trump Taj Mahal in Atlant ic City was host to the 1991 WBF Championship (which was owned by WWE. His entrance theme "Money.

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

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

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

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

ISBN 0-684-80849-8. That can kill children. according to the suit. Simon & Schuster. 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." == Bibliography == Trump has authored many books including: == See also == == References == == Further reading == Blair. no more than a lengthy promotion for a three-day. This was. In Octo ber 2013. led many to c riticize Trump for making dangerous and inaccurate statements regarding the caus es of autism. Trump stated that he suspects that vaccines may be linked to autism. 2013. a s well as similar remarks he made on Twitter the following August. to label them "shameful": "The autism-vaccine link has been disproven. His remarks on Twitter led Richard Besser. ABC News s Chief Health and Medical editor.2005. in turn. $1. 2012 (which was World Autism Awareness Da y). Trump s lawyers asked the court to extend the deadline for Trump to re spond to the lawsuit until mid-December. to file their response.000 to $35. was used to plug "elite" courses that cost anywhere from $10. The Trumps. This. Gwenda (2000). but it gave Trump s lawyers until November 1. === Statements on vaccines and autism === Appearing on Fox & Friends on April 2. Spreading shots out over a long per iod of time will not reduce the number of children who develop autism but it wil l leave more children vulnerable to infectious diseases for a longer period of t ime than necessary.500 seminar. The court rejected that request. The three-day program. == 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 [ .000.

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