Donald Trump is the 45th and current president of the United States. He assumed office on January 20, 2017. He filed to run for re-election on the same day.
Trump is running on an America First platform, which he described in his inaugural address: "Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs."
In his first two years in office, two U.S. Supreme Court justices were confirmed, the United States withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, and Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.
During his presidency, Trump has issued five vetoes. To read more about these vetoes, .
Trump was born in Queens, New York, in 1946. He attended Fordham University before transferring to the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a B.S. in economics in 1968.
After graduation, Trump joined his family's company, Elizabeth Trump & Son. He took control of the company in 1971 and later renamed it the Trump Organization. He was involved in a variety of real estate and other business ventures in the following years. From 2004 until 2015, Trump hosted and served as executive producer of The Apprentice on NBC.
In 1999, Trump ran as a Reform Party presidential candidate; he withdrew from the race in February 2000. Between 1987 and 2012, he changed his official party affiliation five times, registering most recently as a Republican in April 2012.
Trump declared his candidacy for the 2016 presidential election on June 16, 2015, and officially received the nomination of the Republican Party on July 19, 2016, at the Republican National Convention.
On November 8, 2016, Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States. He received 304 electoral votes to Hillary Clinton's 227.
When Trump joined his family’s company, Elizabeth Trump & Son, after college, he urged his father to expand the business in Manhattan. Donald Trump took control of the company in 1971, and he later renamed it the Trump Organization. One of Trump's first purchases in New York City was the Commodore Hotel from the Penn Central Railroad in 1974. In 1980, after six years of renovation, the 34-story Grand Hyatt Hotel opened for business. Trump broke ground on Trump Tower in 1980. The mostly residential, 48-story luxury high-rise opened in 1983.
In 1984, Trump ventured outside New York City to develop the first of three gambling casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Harrah's at Trump Plaza (later Trump Plaza). A second casino, Trump’s Castle, in Atlantic City’s marina district, opened in 1985. In the late 1980s, Trump took over the construction of a boardwalk hotel and casino: the Taj Mahal. The Trump Taj Mahal, the largest and most expensive casino at the time, opened in April 1990. After 15 months in operation, the Taj filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Trump's casino companies also filed for bankruptcy in 1992, 2004, and 2009. This was a period of decline for Atlantic City casinos due to a slow economy and increased competition in nearby states. Trump Plaza closed in September 2014. Under a bankruptcy restructuring plan, the Taj Mahal remains open under new ownership.
Trump hosted and served as executive producer of “The Apprentice” on NBC from 2004 to 2015 when NBC severed all business ties with Trump. The reality television game show tested contestants’ business skills as they competed to become Trump’s apprentice. The show spurred the catch-phrase, “You’re fired!” and inspired the spinoff, “The Celebrity Apprentice.”
Trump is the author of 15 books, including his 1987 memoir, “The Art of the Deal.”
Trump owns and operates golf courses in California, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Washington, DC, and in Ireland, Scotland, and the United Arab Emirates. He also owns Wollman Rink, New York City’s Central Park ice rink, and Trump Place, a housing development with a 5,700 apartments along the Hudson River. In 1988, Trump bought Eastern Air Shuttle, an airline service that ran hourly flights between Boston, New York City, and Washington, DC, and transformed it into a luxury experience. The shuttle ceased operation in 1992 after Trump was forced to turn it over to creditors. In the mid-2000s, Trump launched his own vodka, premium steaks, and magazine; each was discontinued.
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An election for president of the United States will be held on November 3, 2020. Trump filed to run for re-election on January 20, 2017.
Trump won the 2016 presidential election.
U.S. presidential election, 2016
|Party||Candidate||Vote %||Votes||Electoral votes|
|Democratic||Hillary Clinton/Tim Kaine||48.3%||65,844,969||227|
|Republican||Donald Trump/Mike Pence||46.2%||62,979,984||304|
|Libertarian||Gary Johnson/Bill Weld||3.3%||4,492,919||0|
|Green||Jill Stein/Ajamu Baraka||1.1%||1,449,370||0|
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NEW YORK -- A week after losing a Supreme Court ruling, President Donald Trump’s lawyers said Wednesday they're considering challenging a subpoena for his tax records by criminal prosecutors on grounds that it's a fishing expedition or a form of harassment or retaliation against him. The plans were outlined in a letter to a Manhattan federal judge overseeing legal squabbles related to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.'s request to Trump's longtime accountant for eight years of the president's personal and corporate tax records in a criminal probe. The judge, Victor Marrero, scheduled a hearing for Thursday. Vance is seeking the records in part for a probe of payments that Trump’s then-personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, arranged during the 2016 presidential race to keep the porn actress Stormy Daniels and model Karen McDougal from airing their claims of extramarital affairs with Trump. Trump has denied the affairs. Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to charges related to campaign finance and lying to Congress, among other crimes. In its ruling last week, the Supreme Court rejected arguments by Trump’s lawyers and the Justice Department that the president cannot be investigated while he holds office or that a prosecutor must show a greater need than normal to obtain the tax records. The top court returned the fight over the subpoena to Marrero, saying Trump’s lawyers may still challenge it in the same manner as anyone served with a subpoena. Lawyers for the Republican president noted that the Supreme Court in its ruling said they can raise arguments that the subpoenas seek too much information, or are designed to impede Trump's constitutional duties or harass, manipulate or retaliate against him. “The President intends to raise some or all of these arguments," the lawyers wrote. Lawyers for the prosecutor wrote in the jointly submitted letter that Trump’s lawyers are asking for more than they are allowed. They said Trump's lawyers are basing their plans on a concurring opinion that conflicts with the Supreme Court's majority opinion in the case, and that the lower-court judge already rejected the same arguments Trump's lawyers are suggesting they might make. Last September, Trump’s lawyers argued to Marrero that the subpoena requests by Vance were a “bad faith effort to harass” Trump. The judge rejected the argument. “This Court has already found that there was no demonstrated bad faith, harassment, or any other unusual circumstance," Vance's lawyers wrote. “And this Court has rejected the President’s claim that there was any evidence of a ‘secondary motive’ that goes beyond good faith enforcement of the criminal laws." Lawyers for Vance, a Democrat, also objected to a request from Trump's lawyers that they be entitled to gather new evidence before the subpoenas are enforced and that nothing occur until the Supreme Court issues a mandate. In Wednesday's letter, they also expressed confidence after the Supreme Court victory, saying they could enforce the subpoena immediately but were holding off, “provided the appropriate schedule moves on an expedited basis." Vance's attorney, Carey Dunne, also asked the Supreme Court Wednesday to formally issue a certified copy of its decision last week to the lower court so Trump's lawyers cannot argue that everyone must wait another three weeks before proceeding. Dunne said issues could arise in the “near future" concerning the applicable statutes of limitations if proceedings are delayed, potentially giving Trump “the absolutely temporary immunity" that the Supreme Court rejected. He also said further delay could result in the fading of memories by witnesses and the loss or disappearance of documents. ——— Associated Press Writer Mark Sherman contributed to this report from Washington.Source: https://abcnews.go.com/
ATLANTA -- President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he was rolling back a foundational Nixon-era environmental law that he says stifles infrastructure projects, but that is credited with ensuring decades of scrutiny of major projects and giving local communities a say. Trump was in Atlanta to announce changes to the National Environmental Policy Act's regulations for how and when authorities must conduct environmental reviews, making it easier to build highways, pipelines, chemical and solar plants and other projects. The 1970 law changed environmental oversight in the United States by requiring federal agencies to consider whether a project would harm the air, land, water or wildlife, and giving the public the right of review and input. The president said the final rule will promote the rebuilding of America. “Together we’re reclaiming America’s proud heritage as a nation of builders and a nation that can get things done," Trump said. Critics called the Republican president's efforts a cynical attempt to limit the public’s ability to examine and influence proposed projects under one of the country’s bedrock environmental protection laws. “This may be the single biggest giveaway to polluters in the past 40 years,” said Brett Hartl, government affairs director at the Center for Biological Diversity, an environmental group that works to save endangered species. Trump has made slashing government regulation a hallmark of his presidency and held it out as a way to boost jobs. Environmental groups say the regulatory rollbacks threaten public health and make it harder to curb global warming. With Congress and the administration divided over how to increase infrastructure investment, the president is relying on his deregulation push to demonstrate progress. Among the major changes: limiting when federal environmental reviews of projects are mandated, and capping how long federal agencies and the public have to evaluate and comment on any environmental impact of a project. “We won’t get certain projects through for environmental reasons. They have to be environmentally sound. But you know what? We’re going to know in a year. We’re going to know in a year and a half. We’re not going to know in 20 years," Trump said. Opponents say the changes will have an inordinate impact on predominantly minority communities. More than 1 million African Americans live within a half-mile of natural gas facilities and face a cancer risk above the Environmental Protection Agency's level of concern from toxins emitted by those facilities, according to a 2017 study by the Clean Air Task Force and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People “Donald Trump is taking away the last lines of defense for front-line communities, and continues to demonstrate a total disregard for our environment and for those demanding racial and environmental justice," said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. Mustafa Santiago Ali, a former associate administrator in the Obama administration’s EPA environmental justice office, said Black and other minority communities “will pay with their health and ultimately with their lives” for the rules changes. For his announcement, Trump chose Georgia, a swing state in the general election. Trump won the Republican-leaning state by 5 percentage points in 2016, but some polls show him trailing former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee. This will be Trump’s ninth trip to Georgia and his sixth visit to Atlanta during his presidency. The president's trip also comes as the state has seen coronavirus cases surge and now has tallied more than 12,000 confirmed cases and more than 3,000 deaths. The White House said the administration’s efforts will expedite the expansion of Interstate 75 near Atlanta, an important freight route where traffic can often slow to a crawl. The state will create two interstate lanes designed solely for commercial trucks. The state announced last fall, before the White House unveiled its proposed rule, that it was moving up the deadline for substantially completing the project to 2028. Trump, who spoke at a UPS facility, said the project will save the company and its drivers an extraordinary number of hours a year. Much of the crowd wore a mask, but not all. Trump did not wear a mask. Business groups generally supported the changes. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce cited a North Carolina bridge as an example of unreasonable delays, saying the bridge that connected Hatteras Island to Bodie Island took 25 years to complete, but only three years to build. “The failure to secure timely approval for projects and land management decisions is also hampering economic growth,” the business group wrote in support of the rule change. Trump's trip to Georgia comes one day after Biden announced an infrastructure plan that places a heavy emphasis on improving energy efficiency in buildings and housing as well as promoting conservation efforts in the agriculture industry. In the plan, Biden pledges to spend $2 trillion over four years to promote his energy proposals. ——— Freking reported from Washington. Associated Press writer Ellen Knickmeyer contributed to this report.Source: https://abcnews.go.com/
President Donald Trump's chief at the U.S. Agency for Global Media has continued to fire career officials -- according to a senior official at the agency -- as he refuses to renew U.S. visas for employees at the U.S.-funded outlets he oversees. Michael Pack, a conservative filmmaker tied to Steve Bannon, has upended the Voice of America and its affiliates after just one month on the job, sparking concern from Republican and Democratic lawmakers. Pack has dismissed concern, saying he's making "bold and meaningful changes" to improve the agency. Last month, Pack cleaned house, firing the heads of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Middle East Broadcasting Network and the Open Technology Fund, an independent agency backed by the U.S. government to promote a free and open internet. Voice of America's top two executives also resigned shortly before he started, while the head of Radio Free Asia was first demoted last month and was fired in the last week, a source familiar with the matter told ABC News. But Pack is firing other officials at the USAGM and hasn't been communicating with the networks, according to a senior USAGM official. "Things are a mess," the official said. "[He] doesn't trust anyone who isn't a political appointee."Michael Pack is seen here. Manifold Productions Two sources close to the situation said that Pack has been refusing to sign the necessary paperwork to renew U.S. visas for VOA journalists. One source said Pack may be reconsidering after National Public Radio and others first reported this policy last week, but they added that so far, he has continued to refuse to sign. This policy affects dozens of employees -- according to the source -- some of whom could be endangered if they are deported to their home countries because of the work they do translating articles about and reporting on corrupt and dangerous regimes there. In the face of risk, VOA is reporting on Pack's policy, telling the story of one employee whose visa -- and therefore her wife's visa -- is set to expire with no chance of renewal, and who now faces deep uncertainty. A USAGM spokesperson has not responded to ABC News' requests for comment, but reportedly told VOA that all visas are being reviewed on a case-by-case basis to improve management and protect national security, the outlet said. Pack has also defended himself publicly, writing in the New York Post that coverage of his firings "was over the top" and defending it as necessary to "fix a nonpartisan mess." In a letter to Congress Monday, he reportedly said he was tapped to make "bold and meaningful changes." USAGM also took the unusual step of issuing a press release with quotes sourced to anonymous employees, praising Pack's leadership and "candidly congratulat[ing] him," it said. Critics accused the agency of propaganda.The Voice of America building is seen on June 15, 2020, in Washington. Andrew Harnik/AP Photo Republicans and Democrats in Congress also don't see anything to congratulate. Trump allies Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kans., joined other Republicans and Democrats in writing a letter to Pack on July 1 that warned, "Given the bipartisan and bicameral concern with recent events, we intend to do a thorough review of USAGM's funding to ensure that United States international broadcasting is not politicized and the agency is able to fully and effectively carry out its core mission." In the meantime, Pack is pushing ahead. According to the senior official, his freeze has been particularly hard on the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, which operates Radio and TV Marti and will soon be out of funds entirely. He also announced that VOA will bring back editorials. The outlet and its sister networks are funded by the U.S. government, but operate with a strict firewall that protects its editorial independence. But its charter allows for opinion pieces, which Pack said he is bringing back to express the views of the U.S. government. It's unclear, however, what that will look like under Trump, as there are fears Pack has been working to make VOA and its affiliates into pro-Trump mouthpieces. The top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., cast Pack's moves as just that in a statement last month, saying they were "sadly the latest -- but not the last -- [attack] in the Trump administration's efforts to transform U.S. institutions rooted in the principles of democracy into tools for the president's own personal agenda." This turmoil at the agency may also start to have an impact on U.S. foreign policy, one retired ambassador argued Tuesday. Former U.S. special envoy for North Korea human rights Robert King wrote that Pack "has taken a page from Kim Jong Un's media control playbook" to "enforce the party line." "By politicizing the news that is broadcast from VOA and other U.S. information programs to people living under dictatorships around the world, we establish the view that United States media is a mirror of their own tightly controlled and manipulated media," he added. "VOA should never be the American equivalent of North Korea's state media."Source: https://abcnews.go.com/