Presidents: Donald J. Trump

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Donald Trump was the first president since Dwight Eisenhower to not have a political background. Instead, Trump was a businessman and TV personality.

Donald Trump

Donald John Trump was born on June 14, 1946 in Queens, New York. He was the fourth of five children born to Frederick Christ and Mary Ann MacLeod Trump.

At 13, he enrolled in the New York Military Academy and graduated high school from there.

After finishing high school, he attended Fordham University for two years before transferring to the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, from which he graduated in 1968. He studied real estate and worked for the family’s company, Elizabeth Trump & Sons, which was named for his paternal grandmother.

In 1971, he took over the family real estate firm and renamed it The Trump Organization. The organization eventually became the umbrella organization for several hundred business ventures and partnerships, including numerous golf courses, hotels and casinos.

Trump married Czech model Ivana Zelníčková on April 7, 1977. The couple would have two sons, Donald Jr. and Eric; and a daughter, Ivanka.

Donald Trump

Trump’s first major real estate deal in Manhattan was the remodeling of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in 1978, located next to Grand Central Terminal. He also finished negotiations to develop Trump Tower that year. The building was completed in 1983.

In 1981, his brother, Fred Jr. died from alcoholism, which he says led him to abstain from alcohol and cigarettes.

In 1983, Trump purchased the Football team, New Jersey Generals. The team later merged with another before folding. Trump remained involved with other sports including operating golf courses in several countries, hosting boxing matches, sponsoring teams and various other pursuits.

In 1984, he opened Harrah’s at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

In 1985, he purchased the historic Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida. He later turned it into a private club with membership fees.

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In 1988, he published his book, The Art of the Deal. He set up the private foundation in his name to help others.

In 1988, Ivana Trump became a naturalized U.S. Citizen. The couple divorced in 1990.

In October 1993, Marla Maples had a daughter, Tiffany Trump. Maples and Trump were married in December of that year. The couple divorced in 1999.

Donald Trump has been listed on the Forbes list and Bloomberg report as one of the most wealthiest off and on since the early 1980s. Trump told campaign audiences he began his career with “a small loan of one million dollars” from his father, which he paid back with interest.

In 1996, he purchased the Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageant organizations. He sold the pageant organizations in 2015.

In 1999, Trump founded a modeling company, Trump Model Management, which operates in the SoHo neighborhood of Lower Manhattan.

In 2003, Trump became the executive producer and host of his reality show on NBC The Apprentice. He fired eliminated contestants. He continued with the program until 2015, when he stepped down to run for president and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger replaced him as

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Trump has also made appearances in 12 films and 14 television series. He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and twice nominated for an Emmy Award. For a while he had his own radio talk show Trumped!

He has also been the subject of comedians, flash cartoon artists, and on-line caricature artists.

Trump has licensed his name and image for the development of a number of real estate projects around the world.

In 2005, Trump University opened to teach real estate training, but it closed in 2010. Various legal issues have remained.

Trump married Slovene model Melania Knauss, on January 22, 2005. In 2006, she became a naturalized U.S. citizen. In March 2006, she had a son, Barron.

In 2013, he was inducted into the celebrity wing of the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013 for his contributions to the World Wrestling Entertainment, of which he is a huge fan and has made various appearances.

Donald Trump considered running for president and Governor of New York off and on since 1988. However, he did not run at these times. He gave a speech in 2011 to the Conservative Political Action Conference that is said to have kick-started his political career with the Republican Party.

Donald Trump

On June 16, 2015,Trump announced his candidacy for President of the United States at Trump Tower in New York City. His campaign slogan became “Make America Great Again”. He emerged the leader out of 16 Republican candidates. He then fought a battle against former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Many political analysts believed Clinton would win the election, but Donald Trump pulled an upset and won the presidential election.

Upon being elected president, Trump resigned from his organization and placed his financial assets in a trust.

Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th president on January 20, 2017. He has not wasted time in making policy changes and pushing his agenda. Shortly after taking office, he filed the papers for his re-election campaign.

Trump became the oldest and wealthiest person to assume the presidency, the first without prior military or government service, and the fifth elected with less than a plurality of the national popular vote. Trump and Ronald Reagan are the only two presidents to have been divorced and hold a membership to the Screen Actors Guild.


45th President of the United States
(January 20, 2017 to Present)Nicknames: “The Donald”

Born: June 14, 1946, in Jamaica, Queens, New York

Father: Frederick Christ Trump
Mother: Mary Anne MacLeod
Married: Ivana Zelníčková (1949- ), on Apr. 7, 1977 (divorced in 1980); Marla Maples (1963- ) on Dec. 20, 1993 (divorced in 1999); Melania Knauss (1970- ) on Jan. 22, 2005
Children: Donald John Trump, Jr. (1977- ); Ivanka Marie Trump (1981- ); Eric Frederick Trump (1984- ); Tiffany Arianna Trump (1993- ); Barron William Trump (2005- )

Religion: Presbyterian
Education: Attended Fordham University; Graduated Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (1968)
Occupation: Businessman
Political Party: Republican

To be determined


  • At 70 years old, Trump was the oldest president upon his first election.
  • Trump was the first billionaire president
  • Trump was the first president elected without any policical or military background.
  • Trump was the first president to have multiple divorces.
  • Trump’s First Lady, Melania, became the first First Lady to become a U.S. citizen by naturalization instead of by birth or descent.


1946 Donald Trump is born
1962 Works for Elizabeth Trump and son
1964 Graduates from New York Military Academy
1964 Attends Fordham University
1968 Graduates from University of Pennsylvania
1972 Becomes owner of Elizabeth Trump and son and remanes it The Trump Organization
1972 Marries Ivana Zelnickova
1977, son, Donald Trump, Jr. born
1981 daughter, Ivanka Trump born
1983 Grand opening of Trump Tower in MAnhattan
1984 son, Eric Trump born
1987 publishes “Trump: The Art of the Deal”
1989 publishes “Trump The Game”
1990 face bankruptcy
1992 Three casinos goes bankrupt
1992 divorces Ivana
1993 married Marla Maples
1993 daughter, Tiffany born
1995 Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts goes public
1999 divorces Marla Maples
1999 father, Fred dies
1999 founds Trump Model Managements
1999 identifies with Reform Party
2001 identifies with Democratic party
2004 host NBC’s The Apprentice
2005 marries Melania Knauss
2006 son, Barron born
2009 grand opening of Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago
2009 identifies with Republican party
2011 identifies with Independent party
2012 once again with the Republican party
2015 announces wil run for president
2016 wins the Presidential election
2017 inaugurated as president



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