“No dream is too big. No challenge is too great. Nothing we want for future is beyond our reach.” – Donald Trump.
Born and raised in Queens, New York City, Trump graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in 1968. He became the president of his father‘s real estate business in 1971 and renamed it The Trump Organization. Trump expanded the company’s operations to building and renovating skyscrapers, hotels, casinos, and golf courses. He later started various side ventures, mostly by licensing his name. Trump and his businesses have been involved in more than 4,000 state and federal legal actions, including six bankruptcies. He owned the Miss Universe brand of beauty pageants from 1996 to 2015. From 2004 to 2015, he co-produced and hosted the reality television series The Apprentice.
Mr Trump is the fourth child of New York real estate tycoon Fred Trump. Despite the family’s wealth, he was expected to work the lowest-tier jobs within his father’s company and was sent off to a military academy at age 13 when he started misbehaving in school.
After attending the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania he became favourite to succeed his father when his older brother, Fred, chose to become a pilot. Fred Trump died at 43 from alcoholism, an incident that his brother says led him to avoid alcohol and cigarettes his entire life.
Mr Trump says he got into real estate with a “small” $1m loan from his father before joining the company. He helped manage his father’s extensive portfolio of residential housing projects in the New York City boroughs, and took control of the company – which he renamed the Trump Organization – in 1971.
His father died in 1999. “My father was my inspiration,” Mr Trump said at the time.
In 1977, Trump married Czech model Ivana Zelníčková. They have three children, Donald Jr. (born 1977), Ivanka (born 1981), and Eric (born 1984). Ivana became a naturalized United States citizen in 1988. The couple divorced in 1992, following Trump’s affair with actress Marla Maples. He and Maples have one daughter, Tiffany (born 1993). They married in 1993, separated in 1997, and divorced in 1999. Tiffany was raised by Marla in California. In 2005, Trump married Slovenian model Melania Knauss. They have one son, Barron (born 2006). Melania gained U.S. citizenship in 2006.
In 2015, Harold Bornstein, who had been Trump’s personal physician since 1980, wrote that Trump would “be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency” in a letter released by the Trump campaign. In 2018, Bornstein said Trump had dictated the contents of the letter and that three agents of Trump had removed his medical records in February 2017 without authorization.
He considers exercise a waste of energy, because he believes the body is “like a battery, with a finite amount of energy” which is depleted by exercise.
However, Trump was hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for COVID-19 treatment on October 2, 2020, reportedly with a fever and difficulty breathing. It was revealed in 2021 that his condition had been much more serious.
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Soon after, Mr Trump faced accusations that he had pressured a foreign government to dig up dirt on Democratic rival Joe Biden. The allegations prompted a Democratic-led impeachment inquiry, and Mr Trump became just the third US president in history to be impeached.
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But Mr Trump maintained his loyal base thanks to a number of campaign promises kept. Perhaps his most enduring legacy: nominating three right-wing justices to the Supreme Court, which will shape the country’s policies for decades to come?
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His 2020 election year was dominated by the coronavirus pandemic. He faced intense criticism for his handling of the crisis, as the US leads the globe in deaths and infections. The voracious campaigner was even forced to take a break from the trail in October, after he was diagnosed with Covid-19 himself.
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He eventually lost the election to Democratic rival Joe Biden, though Mr Trump received 74 million votes, more than any other presidential candidate except for Mr Biden, who got seven million more.
But Mr Trump’s unsubstantiated allegations of widespread electoral fraud and claims that votes were stolen, made after the election, led to him making history of a different kind.
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