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Donald Trump


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Quick Facts
Personal Details


  • BS, Economics/Real Estate, Wharton School of Finance, University of Pennsylvania, 1968
  • Attended, Fordham University, 1964-1966

Professional Experience

  • BS, Economics/Real Estate, Wharton School of Finance, University of Pennsylvania, 1968
  • Attended, Fordham University, 1964-1966
  • Former Owner, Miss Universe Organization
  • Former Owner, New Jersey Generals
  • Former Host, "The Celebrity Apprentice"
  • Former Host, "Trumped!"
  • Chair, Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts, Incorporated
  • Former Owner, Trump Shuttle
  • Co-Founder, Trump University
  • Founder/Chair/President/Chief Executive Officer, The Trump Organization, 1975-2017
  • Producer, "The Apprentice", 2004-2015

Political Experience

  • BS, Economics/Real Estate, Wharton School of Finance, University of Pennsylvania, 1968
  • Attended, Fordham University, 1964-1966
  • Former Owner, Miss Universe Organization
  • Former Owner, New Jersey Generals
  • Former Host, "The Celebrity Apprentice"
  • Former Host, "Trumped!"
  • Chair, Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts, Incorporated
  • Former Owner, Trump Shuttle
  • Co-Founder, Trump University
  • Founder/Chair/President/Chief Executive Officer, The Trump Organization, 1975-2017
  • Producer, "The Apprentice", 2004-2015
  • President, United States of America, 2017-present
  • Candidate, President of the United States of America, 2020

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • BS, Economics/Real Estate, Wharton School of Finance, University of Pennsylvania, 1968
  • Attended, Fordham University, 1964-1966
  • Former Owner, Miss Universe Organization
  • Former Owner, New Jersey Generals
  • Former Host, "The Celebrity Apprentice"
  • Former Host, "Trumped!"
  • Chair, Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts, Incorporated
  • Former Owner, Trump Shuttle
  • Co-Founder, Trump University
  • Founder/Chair/President/Chief Executive Officer, The Trump Organization, 1975-2017
  • Producer, "The Apprentice", 2004-2015
  • President, United States of America, 2017-present
  • Candidate, President of the United States of America, 2020
  • Member, Benefactors Board of Directors, Historical Society of Palm Beach County
  • Member, Board of Directors, Police Athletic League
  • Former Committee Member, Celebration of Nations
  • Founding Member, Committee to Complete Construction of the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine
  • Former Chair, Donald J. Trump Foundation
  • Advisory Board Member, Lenox Hill Hospital
  • Co-Chair, New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
  • Member, Presidents Council of New York University
  • Founding Member, The Wharton School Real Estate Center
  • Advisory Board Member, United Cerebral Palsy
  • Grand Marshal, The Nation's Parade, 1995

Other Info

— Awards:

  • Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 2007
  • Entrepreneur of the Year, The Wharton School
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, American Cancer Society, 2012
  • Commandant's Leadership Award, Marine Corps--Law Enforcement Foundation, 2015
  • Hotel and Real Estate Visionary of the Century, UJA Federation, 2000
  • Green Space Award, Friends of Westchester County Parks, 2007
  • T. Boone Pickens Award, The American Spectator, Robert L. Bartley Gala

  • 10

— Publications:

  • "Trump: The Art of the Deal" - 1987
  • "Surviving at the Top" - 1990
  • "Trump: The Art of the Comeback" - 1997
  • "Trump: Think Like a Billionaire: Everything You Need to Know About Success, Real Estate, and Life" - 2004
  • "Trump: How to Get Rich" - 2004
  • "Trump: The Way to the Top: The Best Business Advice I Ever Received" - 2004
  • "Trump: The Best Golf Advice I Ever Received" - 2005
  • "Why We Want You To Be Rich: Two Men, One Message" - 2006
  • "Trump: The Best Real Estate Advice I Ever Received: 100 Top Experts Share Their Strategies" - 2006
  • "Trump 101: The Way to Success" - 2006
  • "Trump Never Give Up: How I Turned My Biggest Challenges into Success" - 2008
  • "Think Big: Make It Happen in Business and Life" -2008
  • "Think Like a Champion: An Informal Education In Business and Life" - 2009
  • "Midas Touch: Why Some Entrepreneurs Get Rich and Why Most Don't" - 2011
  • "Time to Get Tough: Make America Great Again!" - 2011
  • "Great Again: How to Fix Our Crippled America" -2015

Trump in the news

July 9, 2019: Trump invited Republican lawmakers, political strategists, and conservative social media personalities to the White House to discuss the “opportunities and challenges of today’s online environment.”

July 8, 2019: Trump delivered a speech on his administration’s environmental policies at the White House.

July 3, 2019: The Washington Times reported that the Trump campaign was expected to focus on Joe Biden's (D) record in the Senate, rather than his tenure as vice president, if he wins the Democratic presidential nomination.

July 2, 2019: The Trump campaign announced that it and joint fundraising committees raised $54 million in the second quarter of 2019.

July 1, 2019: Politico reported that White House director of strategic communications Mercedes Schlapp was moving to Trump's campaign to work on strategy and Latino outreach.

Policy Positions



1. Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
- Pro-life


1. In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
- No

2. Do you support expanding federal funding to support entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare?
- No

Campaign Finance

1. Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
- Unknown Position


Do you support the protection of government officials, including law enforcement officers, from personal liability in civil lawsuits concerning alleged misconduct?
- Yes


Do you support increasing defense spending?
- Yes


1. Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
- Yes

2. Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
- Yes

3. Do you support providing financial relief to businesses AND/OR corporations negatively impacted by the state of national emergency for COVID-19?
- Yes


Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
- No

Energy and Environment

1. Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, geo-thermal)?
- No

2. Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
- No


Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
- No

Health Care

1. Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
- Yes

2. Do you support requiring businesses to provide paid medical leave during public health crises, such as COVID-19?
- Yes


1. Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
- Yes

2. Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
- Yes

National Security

1. Should the United States use military force to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a weapon of mass destruction (for example: nuclear, biological, chemical)?
- Unknown Position

2. Do you support reducing military intervention in Middle East conflicts?
- Yes


Do you generally support removing barriers to international trade (for example: tariffs, quotas, etc.)?
- No



1. What is your stance on abortion?
- Pro-life, but allow in cases of rape, incest, or danger to the mother or child

Gun Control

Should there be more restrictions on the current process of purchasing a gun?
- No

Gay Marriage

Do you support the legalization of same sex marriage?
- Yes

LGBT Adoption Rights

Should gay couples have the same adoption rights as straight couples?
- No

Equal Pay

Should employers be required to pay men and women the same salary for the same job?
- No, there are too many other variables such as education, experience, and tenure that determine a fair salary

Stay At Home Order

Should the government enforce a "stay-at-home" order to combat the coronavirus?
- Yes

Climate Change

Should the government increase environmental regulations to prevent climate change?
- No, and global warming is a natural occurrence

Planned Parenthood Funding

Should the government continue to fund Planned Parenthood?
- No, and the government should not give funds to any organizations that perform abortions

Trump Impeachment

Do you support the impeachment of President Donald Trump?
- No, this is a partisan show trial

Mandatory Vaccinations

Should the government require children to be vaccinated for preventable diseases?
- No, fund public ad campaigns about the risks and benefits instead

Marital Rape

Should marital rape be classified and punished as severely as non-marital rape?
- Yes

Pre-Existing Conditions

Should health insurers be allowed to deny coverage to individuals who have a pre-existing condition?
- Yes

Police Body Cameras

Should police officers be required to wear body cameras?
- No, it should be a police department’s or officer’s choice to wear one

Gun Buyback

Should the federal government institute a mandatory buyback of assault weapons?
- No

Religious Freedom Act

Should a business be able to deny service to a customer if the request conflicts with the owner’s religious beliefs?
- Yes

Drug Price Regulation

Should the government regulate the prices of life-saving drugs?
- Yes

Gender Identity

Should "gender identity" be added to anti-discrimination laws?
- No

Armed Teachers

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?
- Yes

Government Mandates

Should health insurance providers be required to offer free birth control?
- No

Immigrant Children

Should adults that are illegally attempting to cross the U.S. border be separated from their children?
- Yes


Should the U.S. raise taxes on the rich?
- No

Mental Health

Should the government increase funding for mental health research and treatment?
- Yes, but only increase funding for personalized care instead of subsidizing pharmaceutical companies

Stay-At-Home Order

When should your state end the "Stay at Home" order and reopen its economy?
- May 1st

Border Wall

Should the U.S. build a wall along the southern border?
- Yes, and Mexico should pay for it

Immigration Ban

Should there be a temporary ban on all immigration into the United States?
- No, but we should spend more to increase our border security

Student Loans

Do you support increasing taxes for the rich in order to reduce interest rates for student loans?
- No

Minimum Wage

Should the government raise the federal minimum wage?
- No

Muslim Immigrants

Should Muslim immigrants be banned from entering the country until the government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists?
- Yes

Muslim Surveillance

Should local police increase surveillance and patrol of Muslim neighborhoods?
- Yes, until the frequency of terrorist attacks by Muslim extremists decrease

Free College for All

Should the federal government pay for tuition at four-year colleges and universities?
- No


Should the redrawing of Congressional districts be controlled by an independent, non-partisan commission?
- No

Women in Combat

Should the military allow women to serve in combat roles?
- Yes, as long as they can pass the same physical tests as men

Paid Sick Leave

Should businesses be required to provide paid leave for full-time employees during the birth of a child or sick family member?
- Yes


Should the U.S. go to war with Iran?
- No

Immigration Healthcare

Should illegal immigrants have access to government-subsidized healthcare?
- No

No-Fly List Gun Control

Should people on the "no-fly list" be banned from purchasing guns and ammunition?
- Yes


1. Should children of illegal immigrants be granted legal citizenship?
- No, they must formally apply like every other new citizen

Mandatory Military Service

Should every 18 year old citizen be required to provide at least one year of military service?
- No, service should be a choice instead of an obligation

Deporting Criminal Immigrants

Should immigrants be deported if they commit a serious crime?
- Yes

United Nations

Should the U.S. remain in the United Nations?
- Yes, but scale back our current involvement

Drug Policy

Are you in favor of decriminalizing drug use?
- No

Foreign Lobbying

Should foreign lobbyists be allowed to raise money for American elections?
- No


Should the federal government increase funding of health care for low income individuals (Medicaid)?
- No, and each state should decide their own level of coverage


Do you support the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)?
- No, open the markets so insurers can compete across state lines and reduce costs

Term Limits

Should there be term limits set for members of Congress?
- Yes


Do you support the legalization of Marijuana?
- Yes, but only for medical use

Electoral College

Should the electoral college be abolished?
- No

Corporate Tax

Should the U.S. raise or lower the tax rate for corporations?
- Lower

Illegal Immigrant Detainment

Should local law enforcement be allowed to detain illegal immigrants for minor crimes and transfer them to federal immigration authorities?
- Yes, all illegal immigrants should be turned over to federal authorities and deported

Death Penalty

Do you support the death penalty?
- Yes

Campaign Finance

1. Should there be a limit to the amount of money a candidate can receive from a donor?
- No


Do you support the use of hydraulic fracking to extract oil and natural gas resources?
- Yes

Foreign Elections

Should the government attempt to influence foreign elections?
- Yes

NSA Domestic Surveillance

Should the NSA (National Security Agency) be allowed to collect basic metadata of citizen’s phone calls such as numbers, timestamps, and call durations?
- Yes, basic data collection is necessary to track suspected terrorists

Single-Payer Healthcare

Do you support a single-payer healthcare system?
- No, the government should not be involved in healthcare

Immigrant Assimilation

Should immigrants be required to learn English?
- Yes

Israel Boycott

Should it be illegal to join a boycott of Israel?
- Yes

Immigrant Laborers

Should working illegal immigrants be given temporary amnesty?
- No, but allow them to stay

Sanctuary Cities

Should sanctuary cities receive federal funding?
- No

Transgender Athletes

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in athletic events?
- No, athletes should compete based on the biological sex that is listed on their birth certificate


1. Should the U.S. remain in NATO?
- No, not until other countries increase their financial contributions

Gun Liability

Should victims of gun violence be allowed to sue firearms dealers and manufacturers?
- No

Alternative Energy

Should the government give tax credits and subsidies to the wind power industry?
- No, and the government should never support unproven technologies

Military Congressional Approval

Should the President be able to authorize military force against Al-Qaeda without Congressional approval?
- Yes

Confederate Flag

Should states be allowed to display the Confederate flag on government property?
- No, it should be put in a museum where it was originally flown

Right of Foreigners to Vote

Should foreigners, currently residing in the United States, have the right to vote?
- No


Do you support the killing of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani?
- Yes


Should the military be allowed to use enhanced interrogation techniques, such as waterboarding, to gain information from suspected terrorists?
- Yes, we must use any means necessary to prevent terrorism

In-State Tuition

Should illegal immigrants be offered in-state tuition rates at public colleges within their residing state?
- No, they should pay the same rate as out-of-state students

Social Media Regulation

Should the government regulate social media sites, as a means to prevent fake news and misinformation?
- No, the government should not determine what is fake or real news

Border Security

Should the U.S. increase restrictions on its current border security policy?
- Yes

Voter Fraud

Should a photo ID be required to vote?
- Yes

Gender Workplace Diversity

Should businesses be required to have women on their board of directors?
- No, board members should be the most qualified regardless of gender

Private Prisons

Should the government hire private companies to run prisons?
- Yes

Corporate Mega Mergers

Should the government prevent "mega mergers" of corporations that could potentially control a large percentage of market share within its industry?
- No

Net Neutrality

Should internet service providers be allowed to speed up access to popular websites (that pay higher rates) at the expense of slowing down access to less popular websites (that pay lower rates)?
- Yes

Plastic Product Ban

Should disposable products (such as plastic cups, plates, and cutlery) that contain less than 50% of biodegradable material be banned?
- No

Welfare Drug Testing

Should welfare recipients be tested for drugs?
- Yes

Oil Drilling

Should the U.S. expand offshore oil drilling?
- Yes


Should the U.S. continue to support Israel?
- Yes

Citizenship Test

Should immigrants be required to pass a citizenship test to demonstrate a basic understanding of our country’s language, history, and government?
- Yes


Should terminally ill patients be allowed to end their lives via assisted suicide?
- Yes, but only after a psychological examination to show they fully understand this choice

Candidate Transparency

Should political candidates be required to release their recent tax returns to the public?
- No

Paris Climate Agreement

Should the U.S. withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement?
- Yes

Government Spending

Should the government make cuts to public spending in order to reduce the national debt?
- Yes

Campaign Finance

1. Should corporations, unions, and non-profit organizations be allowed to donate to political parties?
- Yes

Skilled Immigrants

Should the US increase or decrease the amount of temporary work visas given to high-skilled immigrant workers?
- Increase

Patriot Act

Do you support the Patriot Act?
- Yes, but limit the scope of the government’s powers

Medicaid Work Requirement

Should people be required to work in order to receive Medicaid?
- Yes

Universal Basic Income

Do you support a universal basic income program?
- No, this will encourage people not to work and harm economic growth

Medicare Drug Prices

Should the federal government be allowed to negotiate drug prices for Medicare?
- Yes

Safe Spaces

Should universities provide "trigger warnings" and "safe spaces" for students?
- No, college is meant to challenge students thoughts and opinions so they are prepared for real life

Flag Burning

Should it be illegal to burn the American flag?
- Yes


Should there be a 5-year ban on White House and Congressional officials from becoming lobbyists after they leave the government?
- Yes

North Korea Military Strikes

Should the U.S. conduct military strikes against North Korea in order to destroy their long-range missile and nuclear weapons capabilities?
- No, we must use every diplomatic option first

Minimum Voting Age

Should the minimum voting age be lowered?
- No, and voters should be required to pass a basic test demonstrating their understanding of politics in order to vote


Should there be fewer or more restrictions on current welfare benefits?
- More

Labor Unions

Do you believe labor unions help or hurt the economy?
- Hurt

Whistleblower Protection

Should the government pass laws which protect whistleblowers?
- Yes


Should the U.S. provide military aid to Saudi Arabia during its conflict with Yemen?
- Yes, this will prevent Iran from gaining too much power in the Middle East


Should women be allowed to wear a Niqab, or face veil, to civic ceremonies?
- Yes

Military Spending

Should the government increase or decrease military spending?
- Increase

Supreme Court Reform

Should the Supreme Court be reformed to include more seats and term limits on judges?
- No, reforming the Supreme Court is unconstitutional and would upset the balance of power

Solitary Confinement for Juveniles

Should prisons ban the use of solitary confinement for juveniles?
- No

Free Tax Filing

Should the IRS create a free electronic tax filing system?
- Yes

Syrian Refugees

Should the U.S. accept refugees from Syria?
- No

Affirmative Action

Do you support affirmative action programs?
- No

Common Core

Do you support Common Core national standards?
- No, education should be handled at the state and local level instead of the national level

Foreign Assassination

Should the US assassinate suspected terrorists in foreign countries?
- Yes

First Amendment

Should the government support a separation of church and state by removing references to God on money, federal buildings, and national monuments?
- No

Capital Gains Tax

Should the government increase the tax rate on profits earned from the sale of stocks, bonds, and real estate?
- No

Animal Testing

Should researchers be allowed to use animals in testing the safety of drugs, vaccines, medical devices, and cosmetics?
- Yes

Safe Haven

Should cities open drug "safe havens" where people who are addicted to illegal drugs can use them under the supervision of medical professionals?
- No

Dakota Access Pipeline

Should the government stop construction of the Dakota Access pipeline?
- No

Foreign Aid

Should the US increase or decrease foreign aid spending?
- Decrease

ISIS Ground Troops

Should the U.S. send ground troops into Syria to fight ISIS?
- No, we should stay out of this conflict

Overtime Pay

Should the government require businesses to pay salaried employees, making up to $46k/year, time-and-a-half for overtime hours?
- No, and the government is currently over-regulating private businesses

Eminent Domain

Should the government be allowed to seize private property, with reasonable compensation, for public or civic use?
- Yes


Should foreign terrorism suspects be given constitutional rights?
- No, they are not U.S. citizens and do not have constitutional rights


Should the military fly drones over foreign countries to gain intelligence and kill suspected terrorists?
- Yes, the U.S. needs to use all means necessary to combat terrorism

Economic Stimulus

Should the government use economic stimulus to aid the country during times of recession?
- Yes

VA Privatization

Should there be more or less privatization of veterans’ healthcare?
- More

Social Security

Should the government raise the retirement age for Social Security?
- No

GMO Labels

Should producers be required to label genetically engineered foods (GMOs)?
- No

Universal Pre-K

Should the federal government fund Universal preschool?
- No

Criminal Voting Rights

Should convicted criminals have the right to vote?
- No


Should the United States pull all military troops out of Afghanistan?
- No

Dual Citizenship

Should immigrants to the United States be allowed to hold dual citizenship status?
- No

Criminal Politicians

Should a politician, who has been formerly convicted of a crime, be allowed to run for office?
- No

Mandatory minimum prison sentences

Do you support mandatory minimum prison sentences for people charged with drug possession?
- No


Should the U.S. continue to participate in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
- No

Estate Tax

Should the current estate tax rate be decreased?
- Yes, and we should eliminate it

Nuclear Energy

Do you support the use of nuclear energy?
- Yes, as long as there is no public subsidy

Drug Trafficking Penalties

Should drug traffickers receive the death penalty?
- Yes

Space Exploration

Should the government fund space travel?
- Yes

War on ISIS

Should the U.S. formally declare war on ISIS?
- Yes, and send in ground troops


Do you support President Obama’s move to lift the trade and travel embargo on Cuba?
- No


Should the government add or increase tariffs on products imported into the country?
- Yes

China Tariffs

Should the U.S. increase tariffs on imported products from China?
- Yes


Should the U.S. provide military assistance to defend Ukraine from Russia?
- Yes, we should provide them weapons to defend themselves but not send our troops

Domestic Jobs

Should the President offer tax breaks to individual companies to keep jobs in the U.S.?
- Yes

Tech Monopolies

Should the government break up Amazon, Facebook and Google?
- No


1. Should the U.S. defend other NATO countries that maintain low military defense budgets relative to their GDP?
- Yes

Federal Reserve

Should the Federal Reserve Bank be audited by Congress?
- Yes

Farm Subsidies

Should the government subsidize farmers?
- Yes

Political Advertising on Social Media

Should social media companies ban political advertising?
- No

Property Taxes

Would you favor an increased sales tax in order to reduce property taxes?
- Yes

NSA Surveillance

Should the U.S. continue NSA surveillance of its allies?
- Yes, surveillance of all foreign countries is essential to tracking potential terrorist threats

Offshore Banking

Should U.S. citizens be allowed to save or invest their money in offshore bank accounts?
- No, too many wealthy citizens are abusing loopholes in offshore banking laws to evade taxes

Pension Reform

Should pension plans for federal, state, and local government workers be transitioned into privately managed accounts?
- Yes

Edward Snowden

Should the U.S. government grant immunity to Edward Snowden?
- No, he should be returned to the U.S. to stand trial and face the consequences of his actions

Charter Schools

Do you support charter schools?
- Yes

Russian Airstrikes in Syria

Should the U.S. prevent Russia from conducting airstrikes in Syria?
- No

Prison Overcrowding

Should non-violent prisoners be released from jail in order to reduce overcrowding?
- Yes

Trans-Pacific Partnership

Do you support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?
- No, this will incentivize companies to move jobs out of the country

India Arms

Should the U.S. sell military weapons to India in order to counter Chinese and Russian influence?
- Yes, selling military weapons to foreign countries will help boost the economy

Government Pensions

Should pension payments be increased for retired government workers?
- No, not until we decrease our national debt

Public Transportation

Should the government increase spending on public transportation?
- Yes


Should Jerusalem be recognized as the capital of Israel?
- Yes

Online Sales Tax

Should an in-state sales tax apply to online purchases of in-state buyers from out-of-state sellers?
- No

School Truancy

Should the government decriminalize school truancy?
- No

Hong Kong Fugitive Extradition

Should the Chinese government be able to extradite fugitives from Hong Kong?
- No

Corporate Subsidies

Should cities be allowed to offer private companies economic incentives to relocate?
- Yes, but I would prefer lowering corporate taxes to benefit all local companies


Should the government cancel production of the F-35 fighter?
- No


Should the government classify Bitcoin as a legal currency?
- No, it provides too high of risk for criminal activity

State Ownership

Should the government acquire equity stakes in companies it bails out during a recession?
- No, the government should never own shares of private companies


Should the United States acquire Greenland?
- Yes

Air Force One

Should the military upgrade Air Force One?
- Yes

Sports Betting

Should sports betting be legal?
- Yes, but let each state decide

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Trump world takes stock of which Republicans back him against the FBI

Aug. 9, 2022

A supporter of former President Donald Trump drives past the Mar-a-Lago estate, Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, in Palm Beach, Fla. | Wilfredo Lee/AP Photo Donald Trump’s team and allies are moving swiftly to draw political benefit from an unannounced search by FBI agents at the former president’s Mar-a-Lago home on Monday. And they’re keeping tabs of Republicans who aren’t, in their view, sufficiently rushing to his defense. For hours, word of the search was kept to a close group of aides, lawyers, and Trump family members as it was taking place in real time. Then, Trump confirmed the news in a lengthy statement, only after it leaked out late in the afternoon that agents had left Mar-a-Lago. The bombshell set off frantic, hasty-arranged calls among Trump allies to discuss how to calibrate a response. And, soon enough, a clear narrative emerged from them: The search represented a deliberate political targeting, one that underscored the Democrat’s perception of Trump as a political threat. “They’re going to drastically use this to rally their allies, GOP leaders on Capitol Hill and juice for his political agenda and run for 2024,” said a person close to the Trump operation. “If there was a 99 percent chance it’s 100 percent now. He makes it part of his platform – going after the FBI.” Trump called it not “necessary or appropriate.” His allies called it the weaponization of law enforcement and an escalatory move by a federal government they conspiratorially say is out to destroy Trump ahead of any presidential run. The FBI and DOJ have declined to comment on the search. Biden administration officials said they had no advance notice of it. Alongside the anger towards the FBI, the sense among Trump allies was that the search could be a potential political boon for the ex-president. Both the person close to Trump and another individual who is in touch with the former president speculated that he would now expedite his decision to announce a presidential bid. Dan Scavino, Trump’s longtime aide and social media guru, tweeted “DO IT — 45! #TRUMP2024.” While Trump’s team was bullish about the political benefits of being targeted by the FBI, the situation comes with clear and obvious downsides. Legal experts said that it would be highly unlikely that the agency would have taken such action without clear evidence of wrongdoing — noting the rarity of a former president being targeted so aggressively. The search would require the signoff of a federal judge or magistrate, who would issue the warrant based upon evidence of a potential crime. On top of that, Trump is embroiled in a number of legal dramas and headaches, in addition to being the focus and target of the House January 6 committee. Focus groups of Trump 2020 voters have shown that even they have grown wary of the drama that accompanies his political ventures and are ready to move on. Trump, who spends his summer in Bedminster, N.J., was working at Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan when he was told of the search as it unfolded by his son, Eric Trump. Christina Bobb, an attorney for Trump and former One America News Network host, was present at Mar-a-Lago as the FBI searched through Trump’s items, according to a person familiar with the day’s events. The person noted papers were seized from the home, where Trump has kept his primary residence and set up his post-presidential office. In the hours after Trump issued his statement, a slew of prominent Republicans and allies ranging from RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel to Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) sent out statements of outrage and support. By the end of the night, the RNC had dashed off a fundraising text: “THIS IS NOT A DRILL: UNPRECEDENTED move Biden’s FBI RAIDS Pres. Trump’s home. Time to take back Congress.” The statements from GOP officials became a litmus test for Trump aides and allies, who kept stock of which party members were condemning the FBI — and how strongly they’d done so. Aides said they were pleased with a statement by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who vowed to take action against the Department of Justice over the FBI’s search. “I’ve seen enough,” McCarthy said in a statement. “The Department of Justice has reached an intolerable state of weaponized politicization. When Republicans take back the House we will conduct immediate oversight of this department, follow the facts, and leave no stone unturned. Attorney General [Merrick] Garland, preserve your documents and clear your calendar.” Others, like Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), took a more measured approach. “President Trump is likely going to run again in 2024,” Graham wrote. “No one is above the law. The law must be above politics.” Trump has, so far, stayed largely out of the limelight in the wake of the search. He eschewed making a media appearance even as Eric Trump took to Fox News, and his daughter-in-law, Lara, did the same. The former president was seen departing Trump Tower for Bedminster wearing a suit and tie, ignoring shouted questions about the search. He later called into two tele-town halls for Senate candidate Leora Levy in Connecticut and congressional candidate Sarah Palin in Alaska. He made only light reference to the day’s events. “Another day in paradise. This was a strange day,” Trump cheerfully said in the town hall for Palin. The search is the latest development in a months-long investigation into whether the Trump administration mishandled presidential records. The National Archives and Records Administration removed boxes from Trump’s resort in January, and there have been questions about whether the ex-president violated the Presidential Records Act by improperly handling classified documents, notes and mementos from the White House. Trump and his attorneys have maintained that they have been cooperative with authorities. CNN reported that earlier this summer, that the ex-president and his legal team met with investigators briefly while they were at Mar-a-Lago to see where the documents were being held. They have raised questions about the declassification process as well. One Trump aide pointed to a Breitbart interview with Kash Patel, a former national security official, who claimed documents at Mar-a-Lago marked as “classified” had already been declassified but their markings had not yet been updated. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and his office also weren’t given a heads up about the search. In a tweet, the Republican governor called it “another escalation in the weaponization of federal agencies against the Regime’s political opponents, while people like Hunter Biden get treated with kid gloves.” One former adviser to Trump, noting DeSantis’ tweet and referencing the possibility that the governor could mount a presidential bid of his own, said they thought this moment amounted to “the one thing that could unite different factions in the party.” Source:

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601,392,178 565,389,517 43,609,965 1,222,022

Financial Summary December 2, 2020 01:03 ET

Period Receipts Disbursements CashOnHand DebtsLoans
601,392,178 565,389,517 43,609,965 1,222,022
601,392,178 565,389,517 43,609,965 1,222,022
Source:Federal Election Commission
Total Raised
Total receipts$533,843,893.29
Total contributions$317,369,398.6459.45%
Total individual contributions$316,611,498.84
Itemized individual contributions$196,602,971.00
Unitemized individual contributions$120,008,527.00
Party committee contributions$0.00
Other committee contributions$757,899.80
Presidential public funds$0.00
Candidate contributions$0.00
Transfers from other authorized committees$214,226,159.3440.13%
Total loans received$0.000%
Loans made by candidate$0.00
Other loans$0.00
Total offsets to expenditures$1,202,262.990.23%
Offsets to operating expenditures$1,202,262.99
Fundraising offsets$0.00
Legal and accounting offsets$0.00
Other receipts$1,046,072.320.2%
Total Spent
Total disbursements$131,078,984.53
Operating expenditures$127,625,062.9897.37%
Transfers to other authorized committees$801.470%
Exempt legal and accounting$0.000%
Total loan repayments made$0.000%
Candidate loan repayments$0.00
Other loan repayments$0.00
Total contribution refunds$-19,524.92-0.01%
Individual refunds$-19,524.92
Political party refunds$0.00
Other committee refunds$0.00
Other disbursements$3,472,645.002.65%
Cash Summary
Ending cash on hand$108,123,209.51
Debts/loans owed to committee$0.00
Debts/loans owed by committee$240,512.39