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Donald Trump

Donald Trump is the 45th president of the United States. Trump, who assumed office on January 20, 2017, succeeded former president Barack Obama. Trump's wife Melania, born in Slovenia, is the first naturalized citizen to become First Lady of the US. Born in New York City, Trump was a successful businessman and media personality before entering the race to become the Republican candidate for the presidency in 2016. Business career Trump's business career began in 1968 when, as a college student, he joined his father's housing development company. In 1971, Trump became president of the company and renamed it The Trump Organization. Today, Trump's name is synonymous with a number of large buildings and projects in the United States as well as casinos, golf courses and hotels in many countries. Prior to assuming the presidency, amid questions over potential conflicts of interest, Trump and his daughter Ivanka resigned from all roles with The Trump Organization. Although the company remains under Trump's ownership, day-to-day management has been taken over by sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump. Trump's business career was not free from controversy with his businesses having been declared bankrupt six times and having been involved in more than 3,500 legal actions. Trump, however, has never filed for personal bankruptcy. In May 2017, Forbes magazine assessed Trump's net wealth to be $3.5 billion. Media career In 1987, Trump published his book Trump: The Art of the Deal, co-authored by journalist Tony Schwartz. The book became a bestseller, staying at number 1 on The New York Times best seller list for 13 weeks. Trump became the executive producer and host of The Apprentice in 2003, in which contestants compete for a senior job in one of Trump's companies. Trump stated that he would not commit to another series in 2015 due to his planned presidential campaign. Political career Trump's political affiliation has changed multiple times in the last few decades, sometimes self-affiliating as a Democrat and sometimes as a Republican. In 2011, Trump flirted with the idea of running for the Republican nomination for president in 2012 but declared that he was not ready to leave business. Trump maintained that he would have won the election had he continued. In June 2015, Trump did announce his candidacy for the presidency, announcing his campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again." Competing against 16 other Republican candidates, a record for a single party, Trump won 44.9% of primary votes to secure the Republican nomination. The runner-up, US Senator Ted Cruz, received 25.1% of the vote. Election to the presidency Trump faced off against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for the presidency, with the latter holding a considerable lead over Trump during the earlier stages of the campaign. Despite repeated controversies, including false campaign statements, white nationalist support, disputes over financial disclosures and sexual misconduct accusations, polls showed that Trump had managed to narrow the gap between the presidential candidates. Considered a major political upset, Trump was elected to the presidency after securing a majority of electoral votes, winning 304 out of a possible 538 votes. Trump became only the fifth person to be elected president while losing the popular vote, with Clinton winning 48.2% of the vote compared to Trump's 46.1%. Presidency Trump was inaugurated as president on January 20, 2017, reiterating many of his campaign rally promises during his inaugural address, striking a pessimistic tone and vowing to end "American carnage." Trump's first order as president was to set out interim procedures for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Policies pursued by Trump since his assumption of the presidency include withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, deregulation within government, health system reforms, attempts to limit immigration and a pledge to construct a border wall between Mexico and the US. Trump's foreign policy, dominated by an "America First" policy, has focused on relations with North Korea and Cuba, the defeat of ISIS and the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. His foreign policy has been marred by controversies over possible election interference by Russia in favor of Trump during the 2016 elections. Trump's first foreign trip started in the Middle East, including visits to Saudi Arabia and Israel. While in Israel, Trump became the first sitting president to visit the Western Wall. In an historic decision, Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on December 6, 2017. The decision sparked violence and anger on the streets of the Arab world and condemnation in the United Nations General Assembly. Trump's approval rating at the culmination of his first year as president averaged 38.4%, more than 10% lower than any of his predecessors.

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