He’s loud, audacious, doesn’t bite his tongue, and is always ready to get involved in one or more controversies, but Donald J. Trump, with all his braggadocio, and no-holds-barred quips, comments, and rhetoric, is the 45th President of the United States.
His rise to the Oval Office is one of the most controversial in the history of the United States.
He defeated the well-heeled political machine of Senator Hillary Clinton for a defeat at the polls that was a nail-biter to the end.
Trump has had success and failures, all are grist for the mill by the media who can’t wait to report his latest adventure.
With his strange hairstyle and frank wisecracks, Donald Trump has turned into one of the most amazing figures in the history of the U.S.
Real estate developer to a casino owner, to reality TV star, Trump will no doubt be the center of attention of politics and commerce for a long time.
Here are 30 facts about President Donald Trump that you probably didn’t know.
His full name is Donald John Trump.
Donald Trump is 76 years old, he was born on June 14, 1946, in New York City, New York.
Trump has had three political affiliations. He was Independent from 2011-2012, Democratic from pre-1987 to 2009, Republican at present.
He has been married three times. First to Ivana Zelnickova from 1977-1991, then to Marla Maples from 1993-1999, and Melania Knauss from 2005 to the present.
He is the second youngest of five children.
Trump does not smoke or drink. The death of a sibling, his older brother Red Jr., urged Donald toward these decisions.
He is of German and Scottish ancestry.
He had a famous uncle, John G. Trump, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who had the distinction of being allowed by the FBI in 1943 to examine famed inventor Nikola Tesla‘s papers and equipment when Tesla passed away that year.
Trump’s family fortune began when his grandfather Frederick Trump pulled in a fortune by operating restaurants and boarding houses in the boom towns of Seattle and Klondike, Canada.
His family’s name was originally Drumpf or Drumpft but changed to Trump when the Thirty Years’ War occurred in the 1600s.
He attended the New York Military Academy aka NYMA to whom he credits much of his success.
Trump attended Fordham University, Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and graduated from Wharton in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics.
Trump avoided being drafted into the military by getting four student deferments. After being determined twice to be fit for duty, he got a 1-Y medical deferment in October of 1968. Then in December 1969, he received a high placement number in the draft lottery that exempted him from service.
His first real estate venture was with his family’s company, Elizabeth Trump and Son, which he was given control of in 1971 and renamed it The Trump Organization. The project ended up in controversy when the Justice Department in 1973 accused the company of discrimination against Blacks. Admitting no wrongdoing, an agreement between the company and DOJ was struck to resolve the issue.
Donald Trump made his bones or made his first really big real estate deal happened in Manhattan with the remodeling of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in 1978.
His signature base of operations, Trump Tower, was completed in 1983.
Trump has never filed for personal bankruptcy, but six times he’s filed for bankruptcy for his business properties between 1991 and 2009.
Donald Trump owns and operates around 18 golf courses around the world.
At one time, Trump was part owner of three major beauty pageants, from 1996-2015 he partly owned Miss Universe, Miss USA & Miss Teen USA.
From 2005 until 2010, Trump owned and ran the Trump University LLC, where his courses covered real estate training.
He once ran the Donald J. Trump Foundation established in 1988 but was shut down by the NY State Attorney General’s office in 2013 for multiple violations.
Trump is also a member of the Screen Actors Guild – an organization that sees to the benefit and welfare of working actors in movies and television.
Trump became an executive producer of the reality show hit, The Apprentice from 2003 until present. The show has been on hiatus due to his presidential run.
Donald is a WWE, World Wrestling Entertainment fan.
Donald Trump has five children. The three oldest — Don, Jr., Eric, and Ivanka — are from his first marriage to Ivana Trump; Tiffany is from his second marriage to Marla Maples; and his youngest son Barron, born March 20, 2006, is from his current marriage to Melania Trump.
Donald Trump has eight grandchildren.
Donald Trump is of the Presbyterian faith – A Christian denomination noted for its use of committees of elders to govern the church.
As of November 2020, his net worth is $2.5 billion.
Donald Trump won the Republican nomination for President of the United States on July 19, 2016.
He won the election on November 8, 2016, and became the 45th President of the United States on January 20, 2017.
There’s no denying that Donald Trump has led a life of success to success.
From being an entrepreneur and business owner to reaching America’s top title “President of the United States.”
Loved by many and loathed by just as many, Trump is still one of the most interesting presidents in history.
I don’t know about you, but I’m just wondering what he will do or say next to surprise us…