Donald John Trump, an American businessman and politician, served as the 45th President of the United States from January 20, 2017, to January 20, 2021.
Early Life and Business Career
Born on June 14, 1946, in Queens, New York City, to Frederick Trump and Mary Anne MacLeod, Trump was the fourth of five children.
He graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1968 with a degree in economics.
Trump joined his father’s real estate development company, the Trump Organization, and expanded its ventures into Manhattan. He engaged in various business ventures, including real estate, casinos, hotels, and reality television.
The Apprentice and Celebrity Status
Trump gained national fame as the host of the reality TV show “The Apprentice” in 2004, known for his catchphrase “You’re fired!”
His appearances on the show elevated his celebrity status and reinforced his image as a successful businessman.
Entry into Politics
Trump entered politics by promoting the false “birther” conspiracy theory, questioning President Barack Obama’s birthplace.
In June 2015, he announced his candidacy for the 2016 Republican Party presidential nomination with the campaign slogan “Make America Great Again.”
Presidential Campaign and Victory
Despite initial doubts from political observers, Trump secured the Republican nomination in 2016.
He faced Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the general election and won the Electoral College, 304 to 227, although he lost the popular vote by nearly three million votes.
Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States on January 20, 2017.
Key Policies and Actions as President
Trump’s presidency focused on immigration reform, including a controversial travel ban on several predominantly Muslim countries.
He pursued tax reform, resulting in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which lowered corporate and individual tax rates.
Trump appointed three Supreme Court justices, shaping the Court’s conservative majority.
His administration implemented deregulatory actions across various sectors, including environmental regulations and financial industry rules.
Trump’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic faced criticism and scrutiny, becoming a central issue in the 2020 presidential election.
President Trump faced two impeachment trials during his presidency. The first, in 2019, centered on allegations of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress related to Ukraine.
The second impeachment, in early 2021, accused him of incitement of insurrection following the storming of the U.S. Capitol by his supporters on January 6, 2021. He was acquitted both times.
After leaving office on January 20, 2021, Trump maintained a prominent role in conservative politics and remained influential within the Republican Party.
Speculation arose about his potential bid for the presidency in the 2024 election.
Donald Trump’s presidency left a profound impact on American politics and society, characterized by a polarized political climate and significant policy changes. His legacy remains a topic of ongoing debate and analysis.