Donald John Trump, Sr.

(born June 14, 1946) is an American business magnate, inv
estor, television personality and author. He is the chairman and president of Th
e Trump Organization and the founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts. Trump's ext
ravagant lifestyle, outspoken manner, and role on the NBC reality show The Appre
ntice have made him a well-known celebrity who was No. 17 on the 2011 Forbes Cel
ebrity 100 list.
Considered one of best known real estate entrepreneurs in the United States, Tru
mp is the son of Fred Trump, a wealthy New York City real-estate developer. He w
orked for his father's firm, Elizabeth Trump & Son, while attending the Wharton
School of the University of Pennsylvania, and in 1968 officially joined the comp
any. He was given control of the company in 1971 and renamed it The Trump Organi
zation.
In 2010, Trump expressed an interest in becoming a candidate for President of th
e United States in the 2012 election, though in May 2011, he announced he would
not be a candidate. Trump was a featured speaker at the 2013 Conservative Politi
cal Action Conference (CPAC). In 2013, Trump spent over $1 million to research a
possible run for president of the United States in 2016.
== Early life and education ==
Trump was born in Queens, New York City, New York. He is the son of Fred Trump,
and his wife, Mary Anne (MacLeod), who married in 1936. His mother was born on t
he Isle of Lewis, off the west coast of Scotland. Donald was one of five childre
n. Donald's oldest brother, Fred Jr., died in 1981 at the age of 43. Trump's pat
ernal grandparents were German immigrants. His grandfather, Frederick Trump (né Fr
iedrich Drumpf), emigrated to the United States in 1885 and became a naturalized
American citizen in 1892. Frederick married Elisabeth Christ (October 10, 1880 –
June 6, 1966) at Kallstadt, Kingdom of Bavaria, Germany, on August 26, 1902. The
y had three children.
Trump attended The Kew-Forest School, Forest Hills, New York, as did some of his
siblings. At age 13 after having some difficulties there, his parents sent him
to the New York Military Academy (NYMA), hoping to direct his energy and asserti
veness in a positive manner. At NYMA, in upstate New York, Trump earned academic
honors, and played varsity football in 1962, varsity soccer in 1963, and varsit
y baseball from 1962 to 1964 (baseball captain 1964). The baseball coach, Ted Do
bias, a local celebrity for his work with area youth, awarded him the Coach's Aw
ard in 1964. Promoted to Cadet Captain-S4 (Cadet Battalion Logistics Officer) in
his senior year, Trump and Cadet First Sergeant Jeff Donaldson (NYMA class of 1
965; West Point 1969) formed a composite company of cadets, taught them advanced
close-order drill, and marched them down Fifth Avenue on Memorial Day, 1964.
Trump attended Fordham University for two years before transferring to the Whart
on School of the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated in 1968 with a Bachelo
r of Science in economics. In his book, Trump: The Art of the Deal, Trump discus
ses his undergraduate career:
After I graduated from the New York Military Academy in 1964, I flirted briefly
with the idea of attending film school ... but in the end I decided real estate
was a much better business. I began by attending Fordham University ... but afte
r two years, I decided that as long as I had to be in college, I might as well t
est myself against the best. I applied to the Wharton School at the University o
f Pennsylvania and I got in ... I was also very glad to get finished. I immediat
ely moved back home and went to work full time with my father.
== Business career ==
=== Real estate developments ===
Trump began his career at his father's company, Elizabeth Trump and Son, which f
ocused on middle-class rental housing in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. On

whic h his father had purchased for $5. In its October 7. Later. 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 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. with varying levels of success in their pr ogress. Also. The Trump International Hotel and Tower – Honolulu seems to be a success. committing to purchase every unit on the first day they were made available. Trump currently owns several million square feet of prime Ma nhattan real estate. at no cost to the city.000 less than the remaining budget. Since 2011. Banks and bo nd holders had lost hundreds of millions of dollars. Although he shored up his businesses with addi tional loans and postponed interest payments. The Wollman Ri nk in Central Park.95 million.000 investment. Trump has several projects under way. In 1971. his net worth has been estimated from $2. Much of the ne ws about him in the early 1990s involved his much publicized financial problems. creditor-led bailout. In 1988. Trump took over the management of the project. turned the 1200-unit comple x with a 66 percent vacancy rate to 100 percent occupancy within two years. both personal and business. According to Trump. althoug h 30 percent of the units remain unsold. poor business decisions left Trump unable to meet loan payments. the $1 billion Taj Mahal. 2007 Forbes 400 issue. Trump owns commercial space in Trump In ternational Hotel and Tower. Trump Towers – Atlanta is being developed in a hou sing market having the nation's second-highest inventory of unsold homes. The Trump International Hotel and Tower – Toronto has had a series of delays and a height reduction.0 billion. buyers paid non-refundable deposits. he began construction on Trump Place. Trump acquired the Taj Mahal Casino in a transaction with Merv Griffin and Resorts International. while he was still in college. with Trump ceding 50 percent ownership in t he casino to the original bondholders in exchange for lowered interest rates on the debt and more time to pay it off. he turned the bankrupt Commodore Hotel into the Grand Hyatt and crea ted The Trump Organization. Trump became intimately inv olved in the project and with a $500.75 million.7 million in 1962. was the revitalizati on of the foreclosed Swifton Village apartment complex in Cincinnati. primari ly with high-interest junk bonds. with the help of a 40 year tax abatement from the New York City g overnment. In Fort Lauderdale. by 1991 increasing debt brought Tr ump to business bankruptcy and to the brink of personal bankruptcy. a multi-buil ding development along the Hudson River. construction has delayed and lawsuits have been filed. Three years after construction of this controversial development began. Meanwhile.e of Trump's first projects. led to mounting debt. 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.9 bi . 1991. and remains a major figure in the field of real estate in t he United States and a celebrity for his prominent media exposures. In 2001. 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. Ivana Trump. Construction of the Trump International Hotel and Tower – Chicago seems to be proceeding as planned. In 1 972 the Trump Organization sold Swifton Village for $6. a 44-story mixed-use (hotel and condominium) tower on Columbus Circle. which was $750. The Taj Mahal re-emerged from bankruptcy on October 5. By 1989. Ohio. and the resulting divorce from his first wife. extramarital affair with Marla Maples (whom he later marr ied). He mad e plans to acquire and develop the old Penn Central for $60 million with no mone y down. Trump financed the construction of his third casino. Florida. "Acreage Aces". This expansion. 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. Forbes valued Trump's w ealth at $3. one Trump constructio n project was put on hold in favor of another (Trump International Hotel and Tow er – Fort Lauderdale). and completed it in three months for $1. but opted to restructure hi s debt to avoid the risk of losing more money in court.

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

" While the magazine put Trump's 2004 ne t worth at $2. Trump Ice. Although not related to font designer Georg Trump. amidst speculation whether Trump would run as a candidate in the US presidential election of 2012." (Presidential candidates are required to disclose their finances after announcing their inten tions to run.5 million for each one-hour prese ntation he does for The Learning Annex. hospitality. Inc. formerly called the Trump University). GoTrump (an online travel websi te). men's accessories . for his own corporate logo. to which Trump objected. and Trump Bar). having a $562 million valuation. Trump Ice Cream Parlor. and watches). Trump Books. this po rtion of Trump's empire. As early as 2005. The Trump Entrepreneur In itiative (a business education company.) Although Trump did not run as a candidate in the 2012 elections. Trump. however. Many developers pay Trump to market their proper ties and to be the public face for their projects. Trump Sales and Leasing (residential sales). Politico quoted unnamed sources close to him s tating that. New York Ti mes writer Timothy L. (formerly A dnanCo Group). === Other ventures === Other investments include a 17. In April 2011. and entertainme nt industries and having carved out a niche for the Trump brand within these ind ustries. 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. sold their late father's real estate empire to . Trump Mortgage. Donald J. In late 2003 . Trump Signature Collection (a line of menswear. including Trump Financial (a mortga ge firm).6 billion.2 percent stake in Parker Adnan. Trump The Game (1989 Board Game). Trump Productions (a television p roduction company). Trump home (home furnishings). Trump reportedly receives $1. Forbes reported that its financial experts had estimated the value of t he Trump brand at $200 million. if Trump should decide to run for president. Donald Tr ump's Real Estate Tycoon (a business simulation game). actually run by his children. Trump Institute. and Trump Ste aks. For that reason. Trump disputes this valuation. Trump unsuccessfully filed a libel lawsuit against O'Brien. Forbes put it at $3.Beyond his traditional ventures in the real estate. Donald Trump uses the "Trump Medieval" font Georg designed. in 2005. In addition. T rump Chocolate. saying that his b rand is worth about $3 billion. Trump has succeeded in marketing t he Trump name on a large number of products. In 2011.2 billion. According to Forbes there are 33 licensing projects under development including seven "condo hotels" (the seven Trump Inter national Hotel and Tower developments). Trump Vodka. Trump has since then moved on to establish the Trump name and brand in a multitude of other industries and products. Donald Trump The Fragrance (2004). 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." After the publication of the article. According to Forbes. Trump C atering. his professionally prepared 2012 financial disclosure was published in his book stating a $7 billion net worth. In the lawsuit it was revealed that. is by far his most valuab le. along with his siblings. Trump Magazine. 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. Deutsche Bank valued Trump's net worth at $788 million. a Bermuda-based financial services holdings company. T rump Restaurants (Located in Trump Tower and consisting of Trump Buffet. Trump Model Management. ==== Net worth ==== Estimates of Trump's net worth have fluctuated along with real estate valuations : In 2013. Trump does n ot own many of the buildings that display his name. Trump Golf. and very little debt. it was dismissed in 2009. but low by a multiple. Trump Shuttle.

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

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

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

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

" In an April 2011 NBC interview. Trump was a featured speaker at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conferenc e (CPAC). Trump was suggested as a possible Vice Presidential selection by Michele Bachmann. April 25. he claims this is "a rumor that the enemies say". and shook hands repeatedly i n public during a visit to New Hampshire in April 2011. In October 2013. 2011. In 2013. Trump expressed pride at his role in the rele ase of the long-form certificate in a press conference follow-up. a native of the Czech Republic. running for governor was not of great interest to him. While it has been reported that he does not shake hands because of fear of germs . New York. Public Policy Polling described the events as "one of the qu ickest rises and falls in the history of presidential politics". 2011." though no revelation or information was e ver subsequently published. so vital that we choose the right person. Trump said he wanted Obama to end the issue by releasing the long-form of his birth ce rtificate. 2011." In December 2011. referred to him as such in an interview. Trump said he was "no t satisfied that Obama had proven his citizenship. With media coverage and Trump s repeated calls for release of the bir th certificate. if she were to win the Republi can nomination. say whether he would be releasing his own tax returns. a nickname perpetuated by the media afte r his first wife Ivana Trump. 2011. In February 2012 he endorsed Mitt Romney prior to the Nevada caucuses." Trump brought attention to conspiracy theories questioning Obama s citizenship s tatus in media appearances and received heavy criticism from political opponents for this. Trump said that while New York had problems and taxes were too high. == Personal life == Trump is popularly known as The Donald. Trump disclosed that he had sent researchers to Hawaii to investigate the matter of Obama s citizenship status. In an NBC-TV interview broadcast April 7. Trump gav e media interviews endorsing Romney before the Michigan primary. He is a member of the Winged Foot Golf Club in Mam aroneck. commenting "they cannot believe what they re finding. On Anderson Cooper 360° on CNN." === Statements about Barack Obama === Speaking to an audience of more than five thousand people in Boca Raton. Trump spent over $1 million to research a possible run for pr esident of the United States in 2016. Obama eventually made a formal statement in efforts by the White House to put the matter to rest with the release of the long-form of Obama s bi rth certificate on April 27. Trump 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. I don t see that person. history. and plays regularly at the other courses he owns and operates . and at this momen t. However in December . he said he would "make a decision some time pretty soon" regarding a potential run but indicated he had "something else in mind. Trump stated that he hadn t ruled out running for president. adding: "The coun try is so important. New York Republicans circ ulated a memo suggesting Trump should run of governor of the state in 2014 again st Andrew Cuomo. Following President Obama s re-election. In May 2011. 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 deleted the last c omment when it became clear that Obama had won the electoral college and also th e popular vote. Trump sent messages on his Twitter acco unt saying that the election was a "sham and a travesty" and that the electoral college was "a disaster" and called for "a revolution". Trump is a golfer. h owever.S. Florida on April 16.. despite suggestin g that he would make those public when Obama produced his long-form birth certif icate. but did not. with a low single-figure handicap. .

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

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

2013. Trump stated that he suspects that vaccines may be linked to autism. === Statements on vaccines and autism === Appearing on Fox & Friends on April 2. That can kill children. In Octo ber 2013.000 to $35. Gwenda (2000). 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. This was." == Bibliography == Trump has authored many books including: == See also == == References == == Further reading == Blair.2005. ISBN 0-684-80849-8. in turn. His remarks on Twitter led Richard Besser.000. led many to c riticize Trump for making dangerous and inaccurate statements regarding the caus es of autism. The court rejected that request. but it gave Trump s lawyers until November 1. Trump s lawyers asked the court to extend the deadline for Trump to re spond to the lawsuit until mid-December. according to the suit. $1. to label them "shameful": "The autism-vaccine link has been disproven. 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. a s well as similar remarks he made on Twitter the following August. The three-day program. no more than a lengthy promotion for a three-day. ABC News s Chief Health and Medical editor. This. to file their response. The Trumps. was used to plug "elite" courses that cost anywhere from $10. 2012 (which was World Autism Awareness Da y). Simon & Schuster.500 seminar. == 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 [ .

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