The Donald: The Washington Outsider Who Became President

Donald John Trump is the 45th President of the United States. Before becoming a politician, he is a successful business professional and television star. He was born the son of a wealthy real estate developer and took over his family’s business to grow it into a real estate empire. He oversaw the construction of numerous hotels and casinos and renovated many office towers, accumulating billions. He also redesigned the ice rink in Central Park.

His career has been marred by allegations of sexual misconduct, a problem that arose during his 2016 election campaign. And he has also been heavily criticized for his racially charged comments on immigrants, but despite the controversies, he succeeded in winning the 2016 election, becoming the oldest person to ever assume the office of President of the United States. Notably, he was also the first to assume the presidency without any past government or military service.

Personal Life

  • In 1977, he married Ivana Zelnickova with whom he had three children. But the marriage was called off in 1992 when Ivana discovered that Trump had an extra-marital affair with American actress, Marla Maples.
  • In 1993, he married Marla Maples and they had one child two months before their marriage. In 1997, they divorced.
  • On January 22, 2005, he married Melania Knauss on the island of Palm Beach, Florida.
  • In 2011, he claimed in an interview to be Presbyterian and a member New York City’s Marble Collegiate Reformed Protestant Dutch Church.

Professional Career

  • While in college, Trump worked for his father’s company, ‘Elizabeth Trump and Son’, which rented middle-class housing in New York.
  • In 1971, he relocated to Manhattan to work on larger projects, including his first multi-million dollar real estate transaction, the sale of Swifton Village in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • In 1974, he obtained the option to buy two rail yards in New York City. With the help of 40-year government tax abatement, was able to purchase and turnaround the bankrupt Commodore Hotel.
  • In 1980, he took on the project of reconstructing the Wollman Rink in Central Park, completing it in just six months.
  • By 1989, because of poor business decisions he had to file for bankruptcy. He still managed to finance the construction of his third casino, the Taj Mahal, which opened the next year.
  • In 1996, purchased the Miss Universe Organization. In 2003, he hosted the NBC reality show, “The Apprentice.” In 2005, he was nominated for Primetime Emmy. In 2007, he earned a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • In 2001, he finished the construction of Trump World Tower, a 72-story residential tower across the UN headquarters.
  • In 2004, he ran into financial trouble again and filed for Chapter 11 Protection. The company soon came out of bankruptcy as Trump Entertainment Resorts Holdings.
  • In 2016, he defeated Democratic candidate and former secretary of state Hilary Clinton to become President of the United States.