One of the 2 candidates running for the USA Presidential elections 2016 is Donald Trump. Despite being a bold speaker who has spoken against the Muslims and Mexicans during his campaign speeches, Donald Trump has a good chance of becoming the 45th President of the United States of America after a 10 year reign of Barack Obama. He is competing against Hillary Clinton, who is the wife of USA’s ex-president Bill Clinton.
Since United States hold a very bright spot on the world map, and its leaders play an important role in the decision making process of various international organisations, let’s take a look at a brief account of the likely future leader of America, Donald Trump:
- Born and raised in an affluent family of real-estate business, Donald Trump graduated in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics. Donald took control of his father’s business in 1973 and later renamed it from “Elizabeth Trump & Son” to “The Trump Organization”. In 1980, he opened the Grand Hyatt in Manhattan, which made him the city’s best-known and most controversial developer. During his career, he build a lot of skyscrapers, buildings, hotels, golf courses, casinos and many more real estate developments. In 1987, he published his first book “The Art of the Deal”, on which a movie was also made and released in February 2016 starring Johnny Depp as Trump.
- In 2004, Trump co-produced and hosted a television reality show “The Apprentice”, now transformed into “The Celebrity Apprentice”, which quickly became a hit.
- In 2012, Trump publicly announced he was considering running for president again after 1999 (when we withdrew his candidacy later, expressing concerns over the state of the Reform Party). However, his association with the “Birther” movement, a group that strongly believed President Barack Obama was not born in the United States, distorted his political image. Regardless, Trump continued to speak against President Obama’s credibility and policies.
- In June 2015, Donald Trump officially announced his White House Ambitions and mentioned in his speech that he would be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.
- In June 2015 itself, during one of his electoral speeches, Trump called Mexican immigrants ‘criminals’, ‘druggists’ and ‘rapists and then broadened this to include all the Latinos. When asked to clarify his comments, he decided to call Mexicans “killers” as well. Shortly, after these statements, many businesses severed ties with Trump. Some of the big names include the largest Spanish-language television network in the USA, who canceled its planned broadcast of Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, which Trump co-owns, also not allowing him to return as the host of “The Celebrity Apprentice”, and retail giant Macy’s, who phased out Donald Trump’s line of menswear from its stores.
- Then, in December 2015, Donald Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the United States until “our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
- Trump also said in his one of his press conferences in May 2016 that he would withdraw the U.S. from historic Paris agreement to cut green house gas emissions as he believes that the science of climate change is a hoax that threatens American jobs. By doing this, he has promised to cut all U.S. spending on United Nations programs on global warming.
- On July 21, 2016, Trump accepted the presidential nomination at the Republican Convention in Cleveland. He outlined the issues he would tackle as a president including violence in America, the immigration, terrorism, trade, the economy, and the appointment of the supreme justices. He also became the first Republican nominee to mention LGBTQ Americans in an acceptance speech, when he said “As your President, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology.”
- As per OpenSecrets, he has raised $91.4M raised till June 2016, via campaign donations, super PACs and other groups.
- Trump has claimed that his net worth is over 10 billion dollars, whereas in 2015 Forbes estimated his net worth at 4.5 billion, and Bloomberg estimated it at 2.9 billion, with the discrepancies due in part to the uncertainty of appraised property values. As of March 2016, Forbes had him listed at #336 on its list of the world’s most wealthy