Donald Trump Facts and Life Story
Donald Trump Quick Facts
- Name: Donald John Trump
- Date of Birth: June 14, 1946
- Place of Birth: New York, New York
- Father: Fred Trump, the real estate developer
- Mother: Mary Anne MacLeod
- Marriages: Melania (Knauss) Trump (January 22, 2005-present); Marla (Maples) Trump (December 1993-June 1999, divorced); Ivana (Zelnicek) Trump (1977-1990, divorced)
- Children: with Melania Trump: Barron, March 20, 2006; with Marla Maples: Tiffany, October 13, 1993; with Ivana Trump: Eric, 1984; Ivanka, October 30, 1981; Donald Jr., December 31, 1977
- Education: Attended Fordham University; the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Finance, B.S. in Economics, 1968
- Profession: Politician, businessman, real estate developer
- Net Worth: USD 3.1 billion (March 2018)
Other facts about Donald Trump
After he completed his education from Wharton School of Finance, he became the president of his family's real estate business in 1971. He renamed it as The Trump Organization. He eventually expanded into Manhattan from Queens and Brooklyn. The company built hotels, casinos, skyscrapers and golf courses. As Trump went on to star in reality television, his name became a brand to license various products including steaks, vodka, menswear, board games and more. He managed the company until his inauguration in 2017.
He has co-authored various books. He published his first book ‘Trump: The Art of the Deal’ in 1987, written by ghostwriter Tony Schwartz.
He has been featured on television shows along with cameo appearances in movies like ‘Zoolander,’ ‘Sex and the City’ and ‘Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.’
He was the owner of Miss Universe and Miss USA beauty pageants from 1996 to 2015. He was the producer and host of a reality television show, The Apprentice, from 2003 to 2015. It became successful, and he was paid $375,000 for each episode of the show.
He won against sixteen opponents in the primaries as a Republican in the 2016 presidential election. His political position was termed protectionist, populist and nationalist. His statements to the public were controversial or with no supporting data. His campaigns received extensive free media coverage. Ronald Reagan first used the slogan “Make America Great Again,” while he was running against President Jimmy Carter.
Trump used the same slogan during his campaign. He achieved a surprise victory over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the Presidential election to become the oldest and the wealthiest President. He became the first President with no previous military or government service background, and the fifth to win the election after losing the popular vote. His election and policies have instigated some protests.
During his presidency, citing security concerns, Trump signed an executive order imposing a travel ban on citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days and halted the arrival of refugees for 120 days. He introduced a tax cut policy for businesses and individuals, revoked the individual health insurance mandate, and permitted oil drilling in the Arctic Refuge.
To support his America First agenda in foreign policy, he withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations, the Iran nuclear deal, and the Paris climate accord that was signed by 175 countries. He recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. He imposed various tariffs on imported goods from China to the tune of over 200 billion dollars causing a trade war. He has initiated negotiations with North Korea for denuclearization. He has nominated Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh as justices to the Supreme Court.
There is an ongoing investigation regarding the relation between Trump’s campaign and the Russian government for possible interferences in the 2016 election. The Justice Department assigned Robert Mueller as special counsel to the investigation after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. Trump has denied all accusations of collusion and obstruction to justice.