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45th President of the United States
January 20, 2017
Vice President Mike Pence
Preceded by Barack Obama
Born Donald John Trump
June 14, 1946 (age 70)
New York City
Political party Republican (1987–99, 2009–11, 2012–present)
Ivana Zelníčková (m. 1977; div. 1992)
Marla Maples (m. 1993; div. 1999)
Melania Knauss (m. 2005)
Relations See Family of Donald Trump
Donald Jr. Ivanka Eric Tiffany Barron
Residence White House
Mar-a-Lago (Southern White House)
University of Pennsylvania
Real estate developer
(The Trump Organization)
Net worth US$4.5 billion (March 2016)
Religion Christianity (Presbyterian)
Signature Donald J Trump stylized autograph, in ink
White House website
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Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is an American businessman, television personality, politician, and the 45th President of the United States.
He was born in the Jamaica neighborhood of Queens in New York City, where he lived until enrolling at age 13 in the New York Military Academy. Trump earned an economics degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. In 1971, he took charge of his family’s real estate and construction firm, Elizabeth Trump & Son, which was later renamed The Trump Organization. During his business career, Trump built, renovated, and managed numerous office towers, hotels, casinos, and golf courses. He has lent the use of his name for the branding of various products and properties. He owned the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants from 1996 to 2015, and he hosted The Apprentice, a reality television series on NBC, from 2004 to 2015. As of 2016, Forbes listed him as the 324th wealthiest person in the world, and 113th in the United States, with a net worth of $4.5 billion.
Trump sought the Reform Party’s 2000 presidential nomination, but withdrew before voting began. He considered running as a Republican for the 2012 election, but decided against it. In June 2015, he announced his candidacy for the 2016 election, and quickly emerged as the front-runner among 17 candidates in the Republican primaries. His final opponents suspended their campaigns in May 2016, and in July he was formally nominated at the Republican National Convention along with Indiana governor Mike Pence as his running mate. His campaign received unprecedented media coverage and international attention. Many of the statements that he made in interviews, on social media, and at campaign rallies were controversial or false.
Trump won the general election on November 8, 2016, in a surprise victory against Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. He 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’s platform emphasizes renegotiating U.S.–China relations and free trade agreements such as NAFTA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, strongly enforcing immigration laws, and building a new wall along the U.S.–Mexico border. His other positions include pursuing energy independence while opposing climate change regulations such as the Clean Power Plan and the Paris Agreement, modernizing and expediting services for veterans, repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, abolishing Common Core education standards, investing in infrastructure, simplifying the tax code while reducing taxes for all economic classes, and imposing tariffs on imports by companies that offshore jobs. He advocates a largely non-interventionist approach to foreign policy while increasing military spending, “extreme vetting” of immigrants from Muslim-majority countries to preempt domestic Islamic terrorism, and aggressive military action against ISIS. His positions have been described by scholars and commentators as populist, protectionist, and nationalist.
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