Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States

“No dream is too big. No challenge is too great. Nothing we want for our future is beyond our reach.” He refuses to drink alcohol. He also does not smoke. He is the richest man to become President. He is the oldest man to become President. He is the only President to have been married three times, with two divorces. He is the only President to have won a Razzie Award and to have hosted his own reality television show. He is Donald J. Trump, 45th and current, President of the United States of America. Donald John Trump was born on June 14, 1946, in Queens, New York City, New York. He was the fourth of five children. He attended Kew-Forest School through 7th grade, when his parents placed him in New York Military Academy, believing that he needed better discipline. He went on to attend Fordham University in 1964, transferring to Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania in 1966. Donald transferred because Wharton was one of the few schools that offered a real estates studies program at the time. Donald’s parents became wealthy through real estate development, with his father and grandmother starting their own company Elizabeth Trump and Son. Throughout college, Donald worked for the company, graduating in May of 1968, with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics.

In 1977, Donald married his first wife, Ivana Zelníčková. They had three children together - Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric. Ivana, from the former Czechoslovakia, and Donald divorced in 1992, after it was discovered Donald had an affair with actress Marla Maples. Donald married Marla in 1993, after she had given birth to Donald’s fourth child, Tiffany. Donald and Marla divorced in 1999. In 2005, Donald married his current wife, Slovene model Melania Knauss. They have one child together, Barron. Melania was granted US citizenship in 2006. She is the second First Lady to be from another country.

 

Donald did not serve in the Vietnam War, nor was he drafted, making him one of the few presidents with no prior military or government service experience prior to being elected. In 1971, Donald took over the family business and renamed it The Trump Organization. A few years after becoming president of the company, Donald made his first major real estate deal in Manhattan by purchasing a half-share in the decrepit Commodore Hotel. Along with his brother Fred and the Hyatt hotel chain, the hotel was completely remodeled and reopened as the Grand Hyatt Hotel.

 

At the same time, Donald, through his “persistence” and “skills as a negotiator,” finalized negotiants to develop and build Trump Tower, a 58-story skyscraper. Since its completion, Donald and his family have resided in the penthouse condominium, with the headquarters of The Trump Organization also being located in the Tower. Beginning in 2003, Trump Tower also served as the setting for Donald’s hit reality television show, The Apprentice.

 

In 1986, Donald took over repairs on Central Park’s Wollman Rink, after the previous contractor failed to deliver on their two-year promise. Donald completed the project in three months and $775,000 under budget.

 

Throughout the years, Donald has been involved in numerous projects in New York City, including the renovation of a swaying building in Columbus Circle, later renaming it Trump International Hotel and Tower; renovating a building at 40 Wall Street, later renaming it Trump Building; building Trump Place along the Hudson River; building Trump World Tower across from the headquarters of the United Nations; and the renovation of Hotel Delmonico, which was renamed Trump Park Avenue. He also purchased, built, or manages approximately 18 golf courses.

 

In 1978, Donald became interested in building casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In 1995, he founded Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts, a publicly traded company, which obtained ownership of many of his casino. From 1991 to 2009, his hotel and casino businesses have been declared bankrupt six times.

 

In the late 2000s, Donald began expanding his business beyond New York, with hotel towers in Chicago, Las Vegas, Washington DC, Panama City, and Honolulu. Donald has also expanded beyond the United States, with Trump-branded buildings in Toronto, Canada; Vancouver, Canada; Dubai, Saudi Arabia; Istanbul, Turkey, Manila, Philippines, Mumbai, India; and Indonesia.

 

Trump has also been involved in numerous, non-real estate ventures including owning and running the Miss Universe pageants, which include Miss USA and Miss Teen USA; briefly owning a football team in the United States Football League; hosting boxing matches; participating in numerous film and television appearances; and writing several books.

 

Prior to running for President in 2016, Donald had no experience in government service. Numerous times throughout his life, beginning in 1987, Donald thought about running for office and switched political parties numerous times. In 2000, Donald ran, briefly, for the presidency under the Reform Party. Early during the primary race, he withdrew his candidacy. In June of 2015, Donald officially announced he was seeking the Republican nomination for President. Out of a field of 17 candidates, Donald quickly became a front runner, with a focus on reducing illegal immigration, reducing the national debt, repealing the Affordable Care Act, and curbing Islamic terrorism.

 

The Republican primary race, and the presidential race against Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, was one of the most contentious in recent elections. During the campaign, Hillary far outspent Donald in advertising, however Donald received a significant amount of free media coverage, mainly negative, due to outlandish and controversial statements. In what is considered a shocking upset, Donald received over 300 electoral votes, securing him the Presidency, even though he lost the popular vote by approximately three million votes. Since the election, there have been numerous protests throughout the country, and the world, by those who oppose President Trump.

 

Since his election, Donald has been besieged by negative media reports. He has been falsely accused of colluding with Russia to ensure him the election and nearly every action he has undertaken as president has been met with resistance. Shortly after his inauguration, President Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to a vacant seat in the Supreme Court of the United States. This nomination was opposed by all Democrats in the Senate, however he was approved by a simple majority vote. In 2018, Donald nominated his second Supreme Court Justice, Brett Kavanaugh. Brett's confirmation was delayed to allow time to investigate claims of sexual assault stemming from his high school days. His confirmation was further delayed to allow time for the FBI to conduct a seventh investigation into Brett's history.  Eventually, Brett was confirmed to the Supreme Court of the United States, by a vote of 50-48.  Donald has also nominated 73 federal judges since his election to office.

 

In the first two and a half years of his presidency, Donald has presided over a rebounding economy with drastically reduced unemployment, the creation of nearly four million new jobs, and bringing manufacturing jobs back to the United States from foreign countries. He has reduced taxes and government spending and removed the individual mandate tax from the Affordable Care Act.  Donald has also sought to make healthcare and medicine more affordable through increased availability of generic drugs and working to create more affordable options for health insurance. President Trump is also working on reducing illegal immigration through the construction of a wall along the southern border, overhauling immigration laws, and deporting violent gang members who are in the country illegally.  He has also increased military spending in an effort to rebuild after years of spending cuts and is working towards creating a 6th branch of the United States Military: Space Force.

 

Internationally, Donald has been strong on his stance against North Korea developing nuclear weapons. South Korea has credited Donald’s strong and unwavering stance as a key role in helping to finally beginning talks between North and South Korea, even having North Korean athletes and representatives at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, with possible further cooperation between the two nations at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan. Additionally, Donald has held two historic meetings with Chairman Kim Jong-un of North Korea, with mixed results. Since the meetings, some remains of US service members from the Korean Conflict have since been returned to the United States.

 

Donald has also traveled to the Middle East and Asia to build relationships with its leaders. Also in the Middle East, the Islamic State terrorist group has lost nearly all the territory they once held and many militants have been arrested and are standing (or awaiting) trial. Additionally, Donald has fulfilled his campaign promise of recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Donald has worked to renegotiate trade deals with numerous other nations, with the goal of putting "America first" and ensuring that the trade deals are of benefit to the American people.

 

Donald’s presidency is historic due to his vastly different background from previous presidents, which has made it difficult to judge what type of president he will be and the changes he could affect in the United States and the world. The world continues to change while he is president, and it will be years before history can truly judge his actions, for better or worse.

 

Happy Birthday Mr. President!

 

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