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Twitter Followers: 71.6M

Running, 2020, Presidential Primary Election

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President (2017 - Present)

2019


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Additional Information

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.

Real estate

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.

Atlantic City casinos

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.

Reality television

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.”

Author

Trump is the author of 15 books, including his 1987 memoir, “The Art of the Deal.”

Other business ventures

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.

Elections

2020

Presidency

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.

2016

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 Green check mark transparent.pngDonald 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
- Other 1.2% 1,684,908 7
Total Votes 136,452,150 538
Election results via:
Note: Trump and Clinton were projected to receive 306 and 232 electoral votes, respectively. Seven electors, however, cast votes for other candidates. Read about what happened here. The results listed above are based on reports from state secretary of state offices and election boards.
Policy Positions

2020

Abortion

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

Budget

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?
- Unknown Position

Education

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

Energy & Environment

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

2. Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, geo-thermal)?
- Yes

Guns

Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
- Unknown Position

Health Care

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

Campaign Finance

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

Economy

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

Immigration

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?
- No

Trade

Do you generally support removing barriers to international trade (for example: tariffs, quotas, etc.)?
- Unknown Position

Defense

Do you support increasing defense spending?
- Yes

Endorsements
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Articles

Dems Can't Take the Chance of Voters Deciding 2020 Election

Jan. 24

The funny part is, it’s not a punch line. In their opening impeachment argument before the Senate, Democrats claim they believe in a "fundamental principle that Americans should decide American elections."  The 63 million Americans whose votes they are trying to invalidate don’t believe them.  Democrats lost an election in 2016. Rather than gracefully accept defeat, they decided to become the worst sore losers in history. Three years after President Donald Trump was sworn in, they still are incapable of calling his election legitimate.   The Democrats accuse him of soliciting Ukraine to “bolster the perceived legitimacy of his presidency.”   “Perceived”? Democrats need a long overdue lesson in reality: Donald Trump is your duly elected president. No amount of clamoring about “Russia” can ever change that.   Yet that won’t stop them from trying. During the first four hours laying out their case, Democrats mentioned “Russia” 102 times. It’s as if we never had a special counsel, whose team of former Clinton Foundation attorneys and future MSNBC contributors scoured the earth looking for “collusion” for two years and never found it. It’s as if countless other congressional investigations that found “no evidence that any votes were changed” in 2016, never happened. It’s as if we are stuck in the Obama-Biden years, and Ukraine is still waiting for tank-busting Javelins, while Russia exercises its “flexibility” in Crimea.   It’s as if millions of Americans never told Washington we were sick and tired of its corrupt ways and raised our voices loudly and clearly on Nov. 8, 2016.  But that’s the world only Democrats live in. It’s not enough that they accuse us of stealing the last election, as they shriek about “Russia,” dredge up the Mueller report, and talk about “quid pro quos,” none of which made it into the actual articles of impeachment. Democrats are preemptively accusing us of “cheating” in the next one. The only people trying to steal elections are Democrats, through a manufactured impeachment that seeks to damage their opponents and/or take away the choice the American people have when they cast their ballots in 10 months. As Chuck Schumer says, it’s a “win-win.”  Adam Schiff -- who, after playing fact witness, SCIF keeper, and “independent counsel,” is now in his fourth starring role in this impeachment sham -- couldn’t get 10 minutes into his argument as lead impeacher without slandering the president as a “cheat,” while referencing Russia, of course.  “President Trump withheld hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to a strategic partner at war with Russia to secure foreign help with his reelection,” he said. “In other words, to cheat.”  For starters, President Trump has given military aid to Ukraine – three times. Ukraine did not even know the aid was withheld at the time of the phone call with President Zelensky, and it was never brought up in subsequent meetings with Vice President Mike Pence and others. Some “pressure” campaign.    Now it’s considered “cheating” in the next election to ask about the last one? In that case, Mueller, Schiff (with his “more than circumstantial evidence” of collusion), and the mainstream media have been cheating a lot by obsessing over election meddling in 2016. Unless it has to do with Democrats and Ukraine. It was a lie that President Trump colluded with Russia, yet that seeped throughout our internal politics for years. We deserve to know how that happened, and that’s all the president asked for, because the country has been through a lot. If it’s “cheating” to raise red flags about the Bidens and Burisma, then President Trump is only as guilty as the Democrats’ star witnesses, and the New York Times. The conflicts and corruption are obvious to anyone who dares to look.  And so, while they claim Americans should decide our elections, Democrats conclude they just can’t take that chance.  “The president's misconduct cannot be decided at the ballot box,” Schiff said, “for we cannot be assured that the vote will be fairly won.”  Or perhaps with 7.3 million new jobs, the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years, a historic trade deal with China, the USMCA, ISIS caliphate destroyed, top terrorists taken out, 187 judges to the federal bench, and more, Democrats perceived a problem coming in November. Competing with these accomplishments isn’t fair.  Perception, meet reality. Source: https://www.realclearpolitics.com/

Trump Campaign Tries Robust Outreach to Expand His Appeal

Jan. 17

WASHINGTON (AP) — Selfies on a “Women for Trump” bus tour through Iowa. Volunteer training at a “Black Voices for Trump” organizing session in Philadelphia. A vice presidential headliner at a “Latinos for Trump” event in Florida. President Donald Trump’s surrogates fanned out across the country Thursday in a show of force that is part of an aggressive — and uphill — effort to stretch his appeal beyond the base of working-class white voters who propelled him to victory in 2016. With a recognition that Trump will need to turn out new voters in November to be reelected, his campaign has dramatically stepped up outreach efforts to various constituencies, including African Americans, Hispanics and women, building a coalition operation that officials believe is the most robust of any Republican campaign in history. The outreach marks a dramatic departure from 2016, when Trump’s volunteer “National Diversity Coalition” struggled to make an impact. “There’s no comparison between 2016 and now,” said Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh of the effort. He described the outreach effort as “a significant department unto itself,” complete with dedicated staff, resources and a budget that is expected to reach tens of millions of dollars. “These are all well-financed, well-organized coalitions intended to reach out to the voters that they’re targeting. And we know that no Republican campaign or president has ever had as muscular a coalitions outreach,” he said. The operation was in full force Thursday when the president’s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, senior campaign adviser Mercedes Schlapp and press secretary Kayleigh McEnany began a two-day “Women for Trump” bus tour through Iowa aimed at engaging women with training sessions, round tables and panel discussions. The tour comes less than three weeks before Democrats will begin to cast their first nominating ballots in the state’s kickoff caucuses. Meanwhile, in must—win Florida, Vice President Mike Pence headlined a “Latinos for Trump” event in Kissimmee at Nación de Fe, an evangelical church with a mostly Latino congregation as part of his own bus tour. “We’re going to get four more years and Latinos for Trump are going to lead the way,” he told the about 400 people in attendance, emphasizing the country’s low Hispanic unemployment rate and the administration’s anti-abortion stance. Around the same time in battleground Pennsylvania, a few dozen people filled the pews of First Immanuel Baptist Church in Philadelphia for a “Black Voices for Trump” discussion focused on Trump’s impact on the African American community ahead of a volunteer training session. The church’s pastor opened with a call to “make Pennsylvania great again.” The flurry of activity, long before Democrats have settled on their nominee, underscores just how dramatically different Trump’s campaign is this time around. While much of Washington has been focused on the upcoming Senate impeachment trial and the ongoing contest between Democrats, the president’s campaign has been on the ground, trying to make the case to voters who may have passed on Trump in 2016. There is plenty of room for improvement. Trump won just 6% of black voters last time, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of people who participated in its polls and were confirmed to have voted. And polling shows that African Americans continue to be overwhelmingly negative in their assessments of the president’s performance, with his approval hovering around 1 in 10 over the course of his presidency, according to Gallup. He also lost by wide margins among Hispanics and women, who continue to lag behind men in their support for the president. Nonetheless, Trump allies insist that the president’s support has grown since 2016 in ways that aren’t reflected in traditional polling. “I believe that you cannot look at these polls as an indicator because they’re missing people,” said Paris Dennard, a member of the campaign’s black outreach coalition who led Thursday’s “Black Voices for Trump” discussion at the Philadelphia church. “I think there’s a movement going on,” he said. While critics have accused the president of being racist and not caring about black communities, Dennard pointed to the campaign’s significant investment in his coalition — beginning with its kickoff event in Atlanta in November, which was attended by the president, vice president, the secretary of housing and urban development and other senior officials — as a “testament” to the commitment the president has made. Indeed, the campaign has already spent more than $1 million on black outreach, including radio, print and online advertising in dozens of markets since the coalition’s launch to help Trump build support in a community that has long leaned overwhelmingly Democratic, the campaign said. While Trump’s message to black voters in 2016 boiled down to the question: “What have you got to lose?” supporters now say they have a record to point to, including the low black unemployment rate, investments in historically black colleges and universities, and criminal justice reform in the form of the bipartisan “First Step Act” Trump signed into law. And the campaign insists it’s working. “He’s expanding his pool of voters, without question,” said Murtaugh. “We see movement already.” In addition to its outreach to Hispanics, African Americans and women, the campaign has also launched groups focused on veterans and evangelical voters — two groups where support for Trump is strong. On Thursday, his administration took a series of steps aimed at maintaining his standing among white evangelical Christians, with Trump reaffirming students’ rights to pray in public schools and nine Cabinet agencies acting to remove “regulatory burdens” placed on religious organizations participating in federal programs. “We will not let anyone push god from the public square,” Trump said at an Oval Office event with school prayer advocates. “We will uphold religious liberty for all.” Jacob Frost, 21, who drove two hours to Kissimmee, Florida, to see Pence speak after being turned away from an crowded afternoon rally in Tampa, said he couldn’t resist being part of history and seeing the vice president speak the same day that the House formally delivered its impeachment articles the Senate. “The pro-choice stance really turns me off from the Democrats,” he said About 8 in 10 self-identified white evangelical protestants approved of Trump’s performance as president, according to AP-NORC polling last month. Associated Press writers Tamara Lush in Kissimmee and Elana Schor in Philadelphia contributed to this report. (c) Associated PressSource: https://www.realclearpolitics.com/

The Odds on a Contested Convention, and a Tie on Nov. 3

Jan. 12

Although a single vote has yet to be cast in Iowa or New Hampshire, it’s tempting to ponder a pair of summer and autumnal spectacles that probably will go unmentioned in next Tuesday’s debate in Iowa, the seventh such gathering of President Trump’s challengers: a brokered Democratic National Convention, come July, and a “hung” presidential jury – 269 electoral votes for each candidate – come November. The former, you should take seriously. The latter, not so much. Here’s why. The last time either major party held a national convention that wasn’t a foregone conclusion was in 1976, when Ronald Reagan nearly wrested the Republican nomination from then-President Gerald Ford. Not since 1952 has either party gone past the first ballot in choosing its presidential nominee (unfortunately for Democrats that decade, voters weren’t “madly for Adlai”). How could 2020 change this pattern? Look no further than the players in the game – and the game’s revised rules. The last time Democrats had this much non-binary intrigue, this deep into the primary season, would be the 2004 nominating contest. But that competition ended swiftly after then-Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry swept Iowa and New Hampshire in January, then captured nine of 10 states in the March 2 “Super Tuesday” set of primaries and caucuses. This year, Super Tuesday falls on March 3. Yes, it’s possible that one contender will wake up the following morning as the nominee-in-waiting, having plowed through February’s four primaries and caucuses and the 15 states at stake (including California and Texas) on the first Tuesday in March. But consider this alternate universe: February’s four contests yield at least three different winners, then Super Tuesday likewise subdivides. By the end of March, with roughly two-thirds of the delegates off the table, there’s no candidate with a decided mathematical advantage, no aura of inevitability. The race could drag into April and beyond (circle April 28 on your calendar, as it’s the day New York and Pennsylvania go to the polls), with at least five principal contenders – former Vice President Joe Biden; former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg; South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg; Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders – all splitting delegates, thanks to the party’s proportional allocation (unlike Republicans, Democrats don’t have winner-take-all primaries). Should the outcome be in doubt once the candidates arrive in Milwaukee for the national convention? Superdelegates no longer can vote on the first ballot – not if the field lacks a contender possessing enough delegates to secure the nomination. What that means: the media dream of Democrats huddling behind closed doors – in whatever passes for a “smoke-filled room” in the America of 2020 – trying to find a consensus nominee. As Jerry Seinfeld would say: good luck with all that. Much less likely is the prospect of the Democratic nominee finishing in an Electoral College deadlock with President Trump. At least two scenarios could produce a 269-all tie – one being that all states vote the same as in 2016, with Trump surrendering Michigan and Pennsylvania while the Democratic nominee flips Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District, which barely went red in 2016 (Nebraska and Maine being the only two states that don’t allot electoral votes solely by statewide results). The second scenario: The Democrat-to-be-determined flips Arizona, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, while Trump flips New Hampshire. Again, it’s a net loss of 37 electoral votes for Trump, down from the 306 he won back in 2016. One problem with these scenarios: They assume volatility seldom seen in incumbent presidential elections. In 2012, Barack Obama’s electoral vote count fell to 332, from the 365 he received in 2008 – the first such regression for a reelected incumbent since Franklin Roosevelt in 1944. Only two states flipped (both from blue to red): Indiana and North Carolina. In 2004, only three states flipped: New Hampshire turning blue; Iowa and New Mexico turning red. The 1996 presidential election did see more volatility – Bill Clinton picked up Arizona and Florida; he lost Colorado, Georgia and Montana. However, there was a big difference in 1996: a less influential Ross Perot (he won only 8 million votes in his second presidential run versus 19 million four years previously).  A second problem with the electoral deadlock: the notion that, if President Trump’s house is on fire, it’s a controlled burn. Were Trump to lose Pennsylvania and Michigan, would Wisconsin buck the trend? If Trump lost Arizona, a state he won by 3.9 percentage points (making it the 10th closest state in 2016), what about the five other states that he carried by smaller margins – Michigan (0.3); Wisconsin (1.0); Pennsylvania (1.2); Florida (1.2%); North Carolina (3.8)? Trump could “thread the needle” – i.e., shed a few states, like Obama, but not enough to fall below 269 electoral votes. But if Trump were to lose a traditionally Republican state that he carried by nearly four percentage points  three years ago, does that forebode blanket doom in these six states that constitute 101 electoral votes (added to Hillary Clinton’s 232 electoral votes from 2016, the new sum is eerily close to Obama’s 332 electoral votes in 2012). Of course, all of this is dependent on the Democrats choosing a nominee capable of simultaneously appealing to voters in the Sun Belt, the New South and a Rust Belt “Blue Wall” that Trump permeated in 2016 – while energizing the party’s base in ways that Hillary Clinton couldn’t, without further alienating the more cautious middle of the electorate. Does such a Democratic unicorn exist? It’s worth pondering, in case you plan to watch Tuesday night’s debate. About the debating, which will be held at Drake University: Get used to it; it may be a while before this contest is settled. Source: https://www.realclearpolitics.com/

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