Fascinating Facts You Need to Know about Donald Trump

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Fascinating Facts You Need to Know about Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s election as 45th President of the United States shocked the entire world. For the first time in history, a histrionic businessman with no previous political experience sat on the most important seat of the country. Controversial, radical and irreverent, Trump is the man of the moment – so, let us dig into his past, his private life and his presidency.

When was Donald Trump born? How old is he?

Donald Trump was born on June 14, 1946, in the New York City borough of Queens. He is 71.

What is Donald Trump’s real name?

Donald Trump’s real name is Donald John Trump.

Is Donald Trump left handed?

Unlike former president Barack Obama, Donald Trump is right-handed.

Did Donald Trump go to college?

Although he rarely talks about it, Donald Trump attended Fordham University – a private, catholic university in New York – from 1964 to 1966. Wanting to confront with “the best” and not feeling a particular attachment to Fordham, he changed school and obtained a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1968.

Was Donald Trump in the military?

No, Donald Trump never served in the military as he obtained both student and health deferments that prevented him from serving in Vietnam. During the first months of his presidency, Trump has often been criticized for going after Senate veterans. For instance, the tycoon accused the Republican Senator John McCain – former POW and decorated Vietnam veteran – for the military action in Yemen, which caused the death of Chief Ryan Owens.

What is Donald Trump favorite food?

Donald Trump’s diet is not particularly healthy. Proud American, Trump loves fast foods – he has openly expressed his appreciation for McDonald’s, Wendy’s and KFC – bur his favorite meal is the family famous meatloaf. For his inauguration menu, the tycoon requested Maine lobster and gulf shrimp served with saffron sauce and peanut crumble; Angus beef with dark chocolate and juniper jus; and chocolate soufflé with cherry vanilla ice cream. Yet, the 45th President does not disdain simpler pleasures like eggs and bacon and Oreos. Most of his meals are washed down with liters of Diet Coke.

Was Donald Trump on Shark Tank?

No, Donald Trump was never on Shark Tank but hosted the Apprentice. In the reality show, the participants competed to obtain an executive position in one of the mogul’s companies.

Does Donald Trump have a dog?

No, Donald Trump does not have a dog and appears to be the first occupant of the White House not to have a pet dog in nearly 130 years. In fact, his predecessors loved dogs: Barack Obama had two Portuguese water dogs – Sunny and Bo – George W. Bush had a spaniel and two terriers (as well as a cow), and Bill Clinton had a Labrador named Buddy.

What is Donald Trump’s reading level?

Donald Trump has often been criticized for the poor grammar and lack of eloquence of his speeches. A recent study, “A Readability Analysis of Campaign Speeches From the 2016 US Presidential Campaign,” released by Carnegie Mellon University, analyzed the “readability” of several campaign speeches and ranked them from first grade to 12th grade. According to the researchers, Trump ranks just below 6th grade level.

Was Donald Trump born rich? How did he get rich?

Son of two German immigrants and married to a Scottish immigrant who worked as a maid, Fred Trump – Donald’s dad began to build his fortune by exploiting a loophole in a poorly designed government program that provided funds for private real-estate developers who wanted to build housing for middle and lower-income New Yorkers. Saving up and investing the government’s money, Fred Trump created the family real-estate business, which was eventually taken over by Donald. Therefore, we can say that Donald Trump was born rich but not quite as rich as he is today. In fact, the tycoon took many risks with his real estate investments in Manhattan and elsewhere and was able to recover from several bankruptcies. The secret of Trump’s wealth is explained in one of his books, “The Art of the Deal.”

What is Donald Trump’s net worth?

According to Forbes, as of February 2017, Donald Trump’s net worth was $3.5 billion, divided as follows:

  • $1.7 billion in NYC real estate;
  • $630 million in non-NYC real estate;
  • $620 million in Golf Clubs & Resorts;
  • $270 million in Cash and Personal Assets; and
  • $230 million in Brand Businesses.

How big is Donald Trump’s house?

As we can expect from a mogul of the real estate business, Donald Trump has more than one house – even though, in his case, the word “house” is an understatement. Before moving to the White House, Donald, Melania and Barron lived in the heart of New York City, in the penthouse of the Trump Tower built in 1983 in the Fifth Avenue. The Trump Tower is the luxurious headquarter of the Trump organizations, and Donald’s suite comprises three levels of the 66th floor. The penthouse is worth $100 million and is inspired by the golden luxury of the Palace of Versailles.

When the tycoon and his family wish to escape the craziness of Manhattan, they can fly – privately, of course – to his breathtaking Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida. The mansions stretches across 110,000 square feet, has 126 rooms – including a 20,000 square feet ballroom, 33 bathrooms and 58 bedrooms, and is the Trump’s favorite place to relax and play golf.

Does Donald Trump have siblings? Who is Donald Trump’s brother?

Donald Trump comes from a big family – in fact, he is the fourth of five children. His older sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, is a retired judge who served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit. She was appointed by Ronald Reagan and promoted by Bill Clinton. Unlike her younger brother, she has always avoided the spotlight and she was known for being a tough judge. Donald Trump’s other sister, Elizabeth, is a former Chase banker while his youngest brother, Robert, served in the family business as top executive. Finally, Fred Trump Jr. – the fifth brother – died of alcoholism in 1981 when he was only 43.

Who is Donald Trump’s mother?

Mary Anne MacLeod Trump, Donald Trump’s mother, was a Scottish immigrant who moved in the United States while fleeing from economic hardships in her own country. In the U.S, she met Frederick Christ Trump, son of two German immigrants. After their marriage in 1936, Fred Trump built his fortune working in real estate in Queens and New York. During his campaign, Donald Trump did not talk much about his mother, but in his book The Art of the Comeback, he wrote, “Part of the problem I’ve had with women has been in having to compare them to my incredible mother, Mary Trump.”

How many times did Donald Trump get married?

Donald Trump got married three times. He married the Czech fashion model Ivana Zelníčková in 1977; the two had three children: Donald Jr, Eric and Ivanka. The couple split in 1992 following Trump’s affair with actress Marla Maples. Donald and Marla married in 1993 and their had their first and only daughter, Tiffany, in the same year. The two divorced in 1999 when Marla and Tiffany moved to California. Finally, Donald Trump married his current wife, former Slovenian model Melania Knauss in 2005. Their first and only son, Barron, was born in 2006.

Who was Donald Trump’s first wife?

Donald Trump’s first wife is the Czech fashion model Ivana Zelníčková. The two married in 1977 and had three children: Donald Trump Jr, Ivanka and Eric. Donald and Ivana Trump worked together on the renovation of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York and on the construction of the Trump Tower in Manhattan and of the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City. The couple divorced in 1992 after Trump’s affair with the actress Marla Maples.

Who is Donald Trump wife and how old is she? What is the age difference between his wife?

Donald Trump’s third – and current – wife is the former Slovenian model Melania Knauss. The first lady was born on April 26, 1970 in Novo Mesto, in former Yugoslavia – which became Slovenia after 1991. Melania changed her birth name, Melanija Knavs, to Melania Knauss when she moved to the United States. She began her modeling career when she was only 16 and worked in Paris and Milan before moving to the United States in 1996. Melania and Donald met in 1998 at a party hosted by Paolo Zampolli; although Donald had a date, he asked for her number. She refused and took his instead. Despite the age difference – Melania is 24 years younger than Donald – the two married in 2005 at Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. They had their first and only son, Barron, in 2006.

Does Donald Trump wear a wedding ring?

Donald Trump does not wear a wedding ring. While this has casted doubts on his relationship with his wife Melania, it is known that the tycoon never worn the ring when he was married to his first wife, Czech fashion model Ivana Zelníčková, and that he only occasionally worn it during his second marriage with actress Marla Maples. Donald Trump never explained why he does not wear his ring.

Who are Donald Trump’s kids?

Donald Trump has five children. The tycoon had Ivanka, Eric and Donald Junior with his first wife Ivana; Tiffany was born from his marriage with Marla Maples; and Barron – the youngest – was born in 2006, one year after Donald married Melania.

Donald Trump Jr. is 39 and works as executive vice president of the Trump Organization. He is married to Vanessa Haydon – former fashion model – and the two have five children: two girls, Chloe and Kai, and three boys, Tristan, Donald and Spencer. Ivanka, 35, is a former model who owns a fashion and jewelry line and who has given up her position as executive vice president of the Trump Organization to become an (unpaid), informal advisor to his father. Ivanka is married to the real estate developer Jared Kushner; the two have three children: Arabella, Joseph and Theodore. Eric, 33, serves as executive vice president at the Trump Organization; he is married to Lara Yunaska, CBS producer, and the couple’s first child is due in September 2017.

Tiffany, 23, is the only child Donald had with actress Marla Maples and grew up in California with her mother; she recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. Finally, Barron, 11, is Donald’s youngest son and the only child the tycoon had with Melania.

What is Donald Trump Junior’s net worth?

Donald Trump Junior – the eldest child of Donald and Ivana Trump – has a net worth of $200 million. He is a vice president and trustee of the Trump Organization and is involved in all aspects of the organization’s growth and development. Furthermore, he is a keynote speaker and celebrity.

Who are Donald Trump’s grandchildren?

Donald Trump has eight grandchildren. Donald Jr. and his wife Vanessa Haydon have five children: Kai, Chloe, Tristan, Spencer and Donald III. Ivanka and his husband Jared Kushner have three children: Joseph, Arabella and Theodore. Eric, Donald’s youngest son with Ivana, and his wife Lara Yunaska are expecting their first child, who is due in September 2017.

Why did Donald Trump win the election?

The victory of Donald Trump took many by surprise. In fact, the tycoon did not have any government nor military experience and ran a controversial and radical campaign. However, Trump was able to defy all expectations. Donald Trump won the Presidential election because:

  • He gained trust and support of middle-class white people and of all those who felt overlooked by the establishment and crushed by the economic crisis;
  • In spite of all controversies and scandals, his appeal and personality were stronger than ever;
  • He did not embody the “political establishment” – unlike Hillary Clinton, who was the personification of the “unreliable American politician;”
  • FBI director, James Comey, had a bad timing when he decided to re-open investigations on Clinton’s private emails – and Trump took advantage of that;
  • He was able to hit Americans’ worst fears: terrorism, immigration, job loss and taxes; and
  • He was able to take advantage of the general discontent of the population with the Democratic Party.

Is Donald Trump doing a good job?

Assessing whether any president or head of state is doing a good job is not an easy task. In fact, we need to rely on polls and statistics to explore and understand the opinion of the population. In this case, polls are not favorable to Mr. Trump: during the first 100 days of his presidency, his approval rate drastically diminished to a mere 43%. Americans appear unhappy with his decision to launch a military strike to retaliate against the Syrian government – after Assad allegedly used chemical weapons against his population – and do not support the two Muslim Bans issued few months ago.

After promising to strengthen borders’ control and to revolutionize the health care and the military sectors, Trump is slowly realizing that things are not as simple as he believed and that change needs time – a lot of time.

Who is Donald Trump’s Vice President?

Donald Trump’s vice president is Mike Pence, former Right-wing radio host, and long-serving Republican official, in office for over 16 years. Pence became Governor of Indiana in 2013 and, in 2015, signed the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act – accused of being an anti-gay law. Mike Pence is more reserved and measured than Trump, and the relationship between the two was not exactly smooth. For instance, during the presidential campaign, he described Trump’s proposal of banning Muslims from entering the United States as “offensive and unconstitutional.”

Can Donald Trump build a wall?

During his presidential campaign, Trump promised the creation of a wall alongside the U.S. southern border with Mexico – and he added, “Mexico will pay for it.” Almost nine months later, Trump is struggling to get the approval of the House and the Senate to begin the construction. In May 2017, the Congress passed the $1.1 trillion government spending package, which included $1.5 billion in border security funding. Yet, the money could be used to build the wall but only to replace and improve the existing system of barriers and fencing. According to recent estimates of the he Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the wall could cost up to $21.6 billion – and Mexico is not going to pay for it.

What does Donald Trump say about immigration?

Donald Trump has always been very outspoken regarding the need of strengthening borders’ security and borders’ control. During the first months of his presidency, Donald Trump issued two Muslim Bans prohibiting citizens from seven (later six) Muslim majority countries from entering the United States. Fearing for the spread of violent extremism and terrorist acts, Donald Trump refused to welcome Syrian refugees in the country and increased the number of deportations of illegal aliens.

Can Donald Trump be impeached? Will he be impeached?

According to Article Two of the United States Constitution, impeachment is a process by which the U.S. President (as well as any other U.S. standing official) is charged with “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” The process is started by the lower House and is concluded in the Senate where senators act as jurors and the Attorney General serves as judge. The standing U.S. President is impeached and potentially removed from office if he is found guilty by a 2/3 majority of the Senate.

Although Donald Trump’s approval rating continues to worsen, both the House and Senate are under Republican control – meaning that the entire Republican Party should abandon the President for impeachment to be possible.

Will Donald Trump start WW3 or nuclear war?

Many fear that Trump’s radical attitude and impulsive actions could start WWIII or (worse?) nuclear war. At the moment, the worst threat to international security and stability seems to be the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Un, who is continuing his tests on intercontinental ballistic missiles and who is pushing for the development of a strong national nuclear program. However, the United States is better equipped than North Korea and continues to have a strong leverage on the international military front. Furthermore, North Korea does not have any real ally – besides China that is still trying to cover up for Kim Jong Un, and is refusing to hit the regime with harsher sanctions.

Yet, threats of outbreak of violence do not only stem from North Korea. Instability in the Middle East, the advance of ISIS and other terrorist organizations, the spread of nationalistic movements, civil wars and dictatorships in Africa, as well as the migration crisis could all be sparks that set off international conflicts. After all, history taught us that it does not take much to start a World War.

Author: Giulia Squadrin

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One Response

  1. Raphael Hythloday

    October 15, 2017 2:15 am

    I think this post unnecessarily reflects poorly on Trump. Studies might well show that Trump has employed an elementary school level vocabulary on the campaign trail. But that’s demonstrative of his political skill, not his literary limits. There’s no shortage of articles and anecdotes from personal friends and acquaintances – most of them Hillary supporters – who describe a very different “private Trump,” who speaks quite differently, and whose charm is very different to the public bluff.

    Is this post intended to inform readers, or merely confirm prejudices? ????


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