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|Donald John Trump|
|45th President of the United States|
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|Vice President||Mike Pence|
|Successor||Incumbent (no successor)|
|Party||Republican (1987–1999, 2009–2011, 2012–present)|
formerly Democrat (until 1987, 2001–2009), Reform (1999–2001), and Independent (2011–2012)
Melania Trump (current)
- For his achievements as U.S. President, see Donald Trump achievements.
- Donald Trump was Conservative of the Year in 2017 and 2018.
Donald John Trump (b. Queens, New York, on June 14, 1946), nicknamed "The Donald," is the 45th President of the United States of America, as a result of winning the 2016 presidential election as the Republican Party nominee. Before entering politics, he was a businessman and television personality. A strong conservative, Trump has achieved much during his presidency and advanced many conservative priorities. Despite this, he has received more criticism than any U.S. President in history, almost all of which is purely politically motivated.
In the 2020 presidential election, Trump received a record-smashing 73+ million lawful votes, many in the key swing states. This confirms him as the leader of the Republican Party, indeed the entire nation, for the foreseeable future.
Trump and his wife Melania tested positive for the CCP virus in early October 2020. The mainstream media have started mocking him, some celebrating his positive COVID-19 test; Pence is also vulnerable, since many of his workers have contracted the Wuhan coronavirus. Leftists and the MSM have been gleeful, as if both of them die of the virus, Pelosi would become the next president, since she is 2nd in line to the presidential succession.
- 1 Financial worth & education
- 2 Candidacy
- 3 Religious beliefs
- 4 Career
- 5 Major properties
- 6 Media
- 7 Political positions
- 7.1 Coronavirus Pandemic
- 7.2 Social Issues
- 7.3 Healthcare Issues
- 7.4 Controversy with Barack Obama
- 7.5 Economic Issues
- 7.6 Department of Education
- 7.7 Foreign policy
- 7.8 Global warming
- 7.9 Second Amendment rights
- 7.10 Homosexual agenda
- 7.11 Immigration
- 7.12 Political contributions
- 7.13 Tariffs
- 7.14 Vaccines
- 7.15 Eminent domain
- 7.16 Supreme Court
- 7.17 Hillary Clinton
- 8 2020 presidential election
- 9 2016 presidential election
- 10 President of the United States
- 11 Books
- 12 Quotes
- 13 Liberal denialism and Donald Trump
- 14 See also
- 15 References
- 16 External links
Financial worth & education
Trump has engaged in many financial pursuits and estimated that his net worth was $10 billion, as of July 2015. Forbes, however, estimates his net worth is $3.1 billion as of 2019. He graduated from the New York Military Academy in 1964 and first attended college at Fordham University for two years before transferring to the more competitive University of Pennsylvania and completing his undergraduate studies at its Wharton School of Finance and Commerce. In September 2020, the New York Times reported on Donald Trump engaging in tax avoidance. It was claimed that his tax avoidance dates back to the 1990s.
Early media profiles of Trump claim he graduated "first in his class" from Wharton. The evidence suggests otherwise and yet Trump has never sought to correct or clarify this potentially significant error.
On June 16, 2015, he declared his candidacy for the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election. Unlike most other U.S presidential candidates, Trump sharply criticizes the media and talks about issues that no elected official dares touch. For example, Trump stands up against feminists, unlike most politicians. In another example, in 2011 Trump persistently doubted whether Barack Obama had been born in the United States, which caused Obama's approval ratings to drop below 40% until Obama finally caved in to Trump and produced what Obama claimed was his birth certificate. Trump then scoffed at Obama's conduct.
In February 2011, Trump announced that he is pro-life, and at the final presidential debate on Oct. 19, 2016, Trump gave the strongest endorsement of the pro-life position of any presidential nominee in history.
Trump's central campaign theme has been to oppose illegal immigration and free trade, and nominated Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General to enforce standing legislation on the issue. As reported by Breitbart, "Sen. Sessions, Chairman of the Senate’s Immigration Subcommittee, is widely regarded as the gold standard on immigration. Sessions has also become the intellectual thought leader in the Republican Party on appealing to the blue collar voters who have been abandoned by their political leaders."  In the later campaign Trump focused more on ISIS and terrorism.
At the final presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Trump on October 19, 2016, Clinton chastised Trump for running a newspaper advertisement in 1987 critical of the Reagan Administration. But Trump persuasively explained that he has always disagreed with Reagan's support of free trade, as many other conservatives disagree with Reagan on this issue.
Donald Trump attended the First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica, Queens. He told the Christian Broadcasting Network that he still considers himself a Presbyterian and attends services for all major holidays and Sundays, and that "The Bible is certainly THE book." He receives Bibles from fans in the mail, and he either stores them or gives them away to others.
In July 2015, Trump stated in an interview that "Why do I have to repent or ask for forgiveness, if I am not making mistakes?" He also stated that "I think if I do something wrong, I think, I just try and make it right. I don't bring God into that picture. I don't." January 2016, Trump stated that "I have a great relationship with God," but that "I don’t like to have to ask for forgiveness." When confronted by Cal Thomas in an interview in mid 2016 about his not asking God for forgiveness, Trump stated that he would ask God for forgiveness. In October 2016, Ben Carson stated that Trump did ask forgiveness from God with James Robison.
According to exit polling in the 2016 election, Trump won 81 percent of evangelical Christians compared to 16 percent for Clinton, a record high and even more than George W. Bush won in 2004, showing strong support for Trump from evangelical Christians. He was the first sitting American president to address the annual Values Voters Conference in Washington.
Donald Trump began his career at Trump Organization. In his college years, he helped revitalize one of his father's failing real estate ventures. Trump began opening hotels and casinos, which provided him with the cash flow to engage in other ventures. He owns the world-famous Trump Tower and is the founder of the publicly traded Trump Hotel Casinos & Resorts. Trump also owns the Trump brand, which sells a variety of items, such as bottled water, steak, and even mortgages. Trump has authored a number of books and weathered changing business fortunes, but despite the challenges that he has encountered, he has continued to be a successful businessman and entrepreneur.
Trump ran unsuccessfully for the nomination of the Reform Party in 2000. Trump considered running for president in 2012 as a Republican. He, among others, questioned the citizenship of Barack Obama, citing his failure to produce his birth certificate. After Obama produced his birth certificate, Trump and the other birthers continue to doubt its authenticity. Obama's approval ratings were around 40% during the peak of the controversy. Trump later exited the race, and gave the customary endorsement to Mitt Romney as the other Republican contenders did.
- Trump World Tower: 845 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY.
- Trump Tower: 725 Fifth Ave, New York, NY 10022 Personal Residence
- Bank of America Center (San Francisco)
- The Trump Building at 40 Wall Street
- Trump Park Avenue
- AXA Financial Center, 1290 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY
- Trump International Hotel & Tower:
- New York
- Washington D.C.
- Las Vegas
- Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida (used by Trump as his "Winter White House".)
- Trump Winery - Charlottesville, Virginia
- 14 golf courses (11 in the U.S., 3 in Europe - the course in Bedminster, New Jersey is used by Trump as his "Summer White House")
For his contributions to the gaming and entertainment industry, Trump was inducted into the Gaming Hall of Fame in 1995.
In 2003 Trump began as the host and executive producer of the reality television show The Apprentice and The Celebrity Apprentice, where contestants compete for a position in Trump's organization. On this show, Trump popularized his catchphrase "You're fired!" Trump received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007 following the success of The Apprentice. However, since he became president, Trump's star as been periodically vandalized by liberal political critics.
Trump is also a noted fan of WWE, and has been a part of some of their shows. Trump was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013.
In 2016, following winning the presidential election, Trump was named Person of the Year by Time Magazine.
Trump used to own the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants. Controversy arose when Miss USA 2006 Tara Conner was caught breaking pageant rules by drinking and other activities. Trump gave her a second chance after personally speaking with her and allowed her to retain her crown as she attended rehabilitation. For several weeks after this, Rosie O'Donnell berated Trump for his decision on The View. A bitter media war ensued with the two exchanging insults.
Trump has made many guest appearances, usually as himself, on many TV shows and in several movies.
President Trump deferred heavily to Hillary Clinton-supporter Anthony Fauci, a Deep State bureaucrat in the National Institutes of Health, in responding to the coronavirus pandemic in early 2020. Trump rejected the advice of White House official Peter Navarro to take early action cutting off travel from China, and to make hydroxychloroquine widely available.
Trump's polls numbers plummeted largely because of his deference to Fauci and unwillingness to take the advice of Navarro. John Fleming, an adviser to Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, also misled Trump by denying the benefits of widespread access to hydroxychloroquine, as other countries have done to defeat COVID-19.
- See also: Donald Trump achievements: Religious liberty and LGBT, Donald Trump achievements: Abortion, and Donald Trump achievements: Healthcare, welfare, and other social issues
At the 2011 CPAC conference, Trump announced he is pro-life. Trump would not fund Planned Parenthood and the government should not give funds to any organizations that perform abortions However, he supports abortion in cases of rape, incest, or danger to the mother or child.
Trump says that the legalization of same-sex "marriage" doesn't matter because it's "settled law" now, even though five liberal members of the Supreme Court illegally made Obergefell v. Hodges into "law" via judicial activism based on their personal feelings about the issue. Trump believes that homosexual couples have the same adoption rights as straight couples, Despite what the Left claims, Donald Trump has voiced open support for the LGBTQ community, and was the first Republican president to do so.[Citation Needed] He has stated that he will do everything he can do to protect the LGBTQ community, from Islamic extremists.
Trump says that a business should be able to deny service to a customer if the request conflicts with the owner's religious beliefs? Trump would not require health insurance providers to offer free birth control.
Trump doesn't think that universities should provide “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces” for students.
Trump believes that marital rape be classified and punished as severely as non-marital rape.
Trump would not add "Gender Identity" to anti-discrimination laws.
Trump says that board members of a business should be the most qualified regardless of gender.
Trump does not believe that the government can show a confederate flag on public property.
Trump believes that women should be allowed to wear a Niqāb, or face veil, to civic ceremonies.
Trump does not support the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and would open the markets so insurers can compete across state lines and reduce costs. However, he has also said, "I like the mandate."
Trump thinks that the government should regulate the prices of life-saving drugs.
Trump supports the legalization of marijuana for medical use.
Donald Trump has not yet answered if he supports the privatization of veteran's healthcare.
Trump believes that the federal government increase funding of health care for low income individuals (Medicaid).
Controversy with Barack Obama
Trump has also questioned Barack Obama's constitutional eligibility to be president, in light of the ongoing questions surrounding his birth certificate. Trump questioned whether the Obama Administration was successful in negotiating with foreign countries. Trump declared during the 2016 election that he no longer would question Obama's eligibility.
Trump's economic plan is designed to make the country more competitive by implementing policies that apply to all companies: cutting taxes, including the corporate tax rate, repealing and rolling back stifling regulations, including the biggest of them all, Obamacare and those clobbering the energy sector, renegotiating trade deals such as NAFTA, and killing off the nascent Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Trump would not require employers be required to pay men and women the same salary for the same job as there are too many other variables such as education, experience, and tenure that determine a fair salary.
Trump has not answered whether welfare recipients be tested for drugs.
Trump said he would require businesses be required to provide paid leave for full-time employees during the birth of a child or sick family member.
Trump would raise the federal minimum wage.
Trump believes there should be more restrictions on current welfare benefits.
Trump would instate a 35% tariff on all imports from China even though he used Chinese steel to build all of his Trump Towers.
Trump would also lower the corporate tax rate.
Trump says that the U.S. shouldn't continue to participate in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Trump would cut public spending in order to reduce the public debt.
Trump believes that the government is currently over-regulating private businesses and that it shouldn't require businesses to pay salaried employees, making up to $46k/year, time-and-a-half for overtime hours.
Trump thinks that the government should prevent “mega mergers” of corporations that could potentially control a large percentage of market share within its industry.
Trump said that labor unions, in theory help the economy but have recently become corrupt and should have their powers limited.
Trump would increase the tax on profits from the sale of stocks, bonds, and real estate.
Trump believes economic stimulus will aid the country during times of recession.
Trump thinks the Federal Reserve Bank should be audited by Congress.
Trump doesn't support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as this will incentivize companies to move U.S. jobs overseas.
Trump would end all government subsidies and let the free market run its course.
Trump has not answered if pension payments be increased for retired government workers.
Trump favors an increased sales tax in order to reduce property taxes even though sales tax would not provide a steady stream of income.
Trump supports pension plans for federal, state, and local government workers be transitioned into privately managed accounts.
Trump said that the U.S. government should not bailout Puerto Rico.
Trump believes citizens should not be allowed to save or invest their money in offshore bank accounts as too many wealthy citizens are abusing loopholes in offshore banking laws to evade taxes.
Trump would not apply an in-state sales tax apply to online purchases of in-state buyers from out-of-state sellers.
Trump thinks that the government classify Bitcoin as a legal currency.
Department of Education
- See also: Donald Trump achievements: Education
In July 2015 Trump explained he wants to improve relationships with Russian president Vladimir Putin. Many left-wingers accused Trump's presidential campaign of "colluding" with Russia. However the Trump Administration took several tough actions against Russia, including some that even the Obama Administration avoided. In an interview with ABC he said that Putin won't make a military move into Ukraine. Furthermore, Trump argued in a tweet that the conflict over Crimea was the fault of the Obama administration. Trump later accused Russia of taking Crimea by force and asked whether Obama was too soft on Russia.
Trump said that the Iran nuclear deal is bad and as president, he kept his promise by withdrawing from it.
After his election as U.S. president, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Trump "a true friend of the State of Israel." On February 2, 2017, Trump stated that building new settlements in the West Bank "may not be helpful" to achieving peace in the Middle East, and he appeared to shift his formerly strong stance on moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem as he had previously stated. But on December 6, 2017, Trump announced that the U.S. officially recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and that the U.S. would begin the process of moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump in 2019 also gave official U.S. recognition to the Golan Heights as being part of Israel. In recognition for his support of Israel, a plaza in Jerusalem was named for Trump ("Donald Trump Square"), as well as a settlement in the Golan Heights ("Trump Heights")
Trump had criticized NATO for not fulfilling its financial obligations, going so far as declaring the organization "obsolete", but in April 2017 - after getting promises from NATO partners to make increased financial contributions - Trump retracted the obsolete declaration.
Immediately after taking office, Trump had exchanged vitriolic rhetoric with and made threats to North Korea after the latter carried out numerous medium/long-range missile tests and a nuclear test in September 2017. However, in March 2018, Trump announced he would hold a summit with North Korea Chairman Kim Jong Un, making him the first U.S. president to have bilateral talks with a North Korean leader. The first summit was held in Singapore in June 2018, a second in Hanoi in February 2019, and a third informal summit in the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in June 2019 - during which he became the first sitting U.S. president to step foot on North Korean soil. During the period of the summits, North Korea had halted testing of long/medium-range missiles, as well as nuclear testing (and outside of a few short-range missiles in early May 2019, North Korea hasn't tested any weapons since November 2017.)
On Monday, 7 October 2019, Trump ordered American military forces to withdraw from northern Syria in case Turkish forces and their allies would attack them, meaning the predominantly Syrian Kurdish SDF (Syrian Democratic Force) would not have direct U.S. military support. This decision came after a telephone conversation with Turkish ruler Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday, and Turkish forces soon began advancing into northern Syria to create a buffer zone. In the same week it was announced that it is planned by the U.S. administration to send 1,500 troops to the Middle East because of the tensions between Saudi-Arabia and Iran. President Erdogan visited the White House on November 13, 2019.
Second Amendment rights
- See also: Donald Trump achievements: Gun rights
Trump is strongly pro-Second Amendment and against leftist gun control and gun free zones. As president, Trump has promised to re-arm military personnel on all American military bases as well as ROTC recruitment centers, which were disarmed by the Clinton Administration policy. Trump was strongly endorsed by the National Rifle Association in one of its earliest endorsements in an election campaign.
For all practical purposes, Trump seems to be on the side of the homosexual agenda. He supports the creation of new law by the U.S. Supreme Court, as in a new right to homosexual marriage, and declares it the "law of the land" even though Congress passed no such law.
Trump has attended multiple same-sex marriage ceremonies[Citation Needed], but has also said in the past that he opposes same-sex marriage. Trump's views are not yet known on other aspects of the homosexual agenda, such as whether Trump would ban conversion therapy for minors as Chris Christie did. The Fox News Channel debate in August avoided these issues.
See the discussion in the introduction above. This is Trump's main campaign issue.
A central part of his immigration plan is to build a giant wall on the border with Mexico. Trump estimates it will cost $8 billion, approximately 35 to 40 feet high and stretch 2000 miles. During the campaign, Trump promised that Mexico will pay for the wall, but after taking office, he clarified that payment could be in the form of a tax on Mexican imports or other revenues measures after the Mexican government showed opposition towards Trump's plan.
Trump has also proposed to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States, until "our leaders figure out what the hell is going on," in order to protect Americans from the threats posed by Islamic refugees (and those pretending to be) entering the country.
He has been criticized for his substantial contributions to Democrat lawmakers; the majority of those lawmakers are located in the states he resides in: New York and Florida. The amount he has donated since 2008 is $25,000, which is insignificant considering his wealth.
Trump is not known to be beholden to any big-money donors.
- See also: Donald Trump achievements: Trade policy
At the 2011 CPAC conference, he stated that he supports a 25% tariff on Chinese goods. The number floated around in 2016 is a 45% tariff. Trump was speaking in regards to China and the World Trade Organization,
|“||In a statement from his campaign, Mr. Trump charged that China was “in total violation of WTO regulations” and that the U.S. “has incompetently allowed them to get away with this” and has failed to impose “equal or greater taxes and tariffs” on China. If he is elected president, Mr. Trump said, China “will learn to deal fairly and justly or we will not deal at all” with Beijing.||”|
Trump believes that the government has the right to take private property upon paying just compensation for both infrastructure and to promote economic development.
- See also: Donald Trump achievements: The courts
Trump opposed filling the Supreme Court seat held by Antonin Scalia before the next President takes office. When asked who he might select to the Supreme Court, he said that his sister, a sitting federal court judge, would make a great Supreme Court justice.
Trump had pledged, if elected president, to appoint a special prosecutor to further investigate Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server whilst Secretary of State, but Hillary took her crushing defeat so hard that Trump charitably softened his stance after winning. A few of Trump supporters, such as Ann Coulter and Breitbart, expressed disappointment but Trump rose in overall public approval.
2020 presidential election
- See also: 2016 U.S. presidential election, Donald Trump achievements, Donald Trump 2020 presidential campaign, and United States presidential election, 2020
As an incumbent with a strong economy, Donald Trump is favored to win the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
Donald Trump on Joe Biden's age and his aging
Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight wrote about Bidens's age:
|“||A lot of rank-and-file voters do have concerns about Biden’s age. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll in February found that 62 percent of voters had reservations about voting for someone aged 75 or older. Other polls have also shown advanced age to be a concern among Democrats, Republicans and independents alike.||”|
The New York Times stated:
|“||Meeting with a group of union officials in the West Wing this year, the president appealed for their support in part by tapping on his head and saying, “Biden is losing it,” according to a participant in the meeting who disclosed the president’s comment on condition of anonymity.||”|
2016 presidential election
- See also: 2016 U.S. presidential election and Donald Trump achievements: 2016 election and transition
Path to the Nomination
In the 2015 Value Voters poll, Trump performed poorly, coming in fifth, indicating many Christian conservatives had not yet warmed up to him. Trump is a big supporter of gambling, which most Christians, other religious groups, and conservatives oppose. But by 2016 Trump was winning more support from evangelicals than any other Republican candidate.
Trump won the Republican primary, receiving more votes than any other Republican primary candidate in history.
Trump faced former liberal Democrat Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the general election. Trump's campaign was vastly outspent, outraised, and out-staffed by Clinton's. The mainstream media was extremely biased against and unfair towards Trump. According to a study, 91% of the media coverage concerning Trump was negative and 96% of campaign contributions from the media went to Clinton.
It was widely expected that Clinton would easily win the election, and the elite pollsters and "political insiders" all predicted a massive Clinton victory. At least once, when a poll was released that actually showed Trump leading, Clinton's campaign dismissed it as "bad polling". Instead, Trump won the election in a massive, historical upset, winning even states such as Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, which a Republican had not won for 20–30 years. The predictions were off the mark dramatically. The actual polls themselves were broadly correct showing Clinton leading over Trump by about 2%. However Trump 'flipped' key districts and states smashing Clinton's so-called 'Blue firewall'. Trump's election victory was described by Politico as "the most stunning upset in American history."
While the GOP increased its vote share across the entire nation, Trump made the largest gains in the rural Midwest and Rust Belt. Although Clinton won the popular vote 65,515,369 (48.05%) to 62,853,327 (46.09%), according to unofficial results, the large vote totals came from states which have resisted voter identification reforms. Dr. Robert Epstein of the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology testified before Congress that Google bias and meddling had shifted "between 2.6 million and up to 10.4 million votes" to Hillary Clinton. Trump won the electoral college vote, 306 to 232, with the incomplete vote count reported. Trump won more votes in the general election than any Republican candidate in U.S. history, and he won the largest number of electoral votes since George H. W. Bush. In addition, Trump won 2,623 counties—the largest number for both a Republican or Democrat since Ronald Reagan in 1984—while the Democrats won only 489, something even the liberal PolitiFact admitted to be true. Geographically speaking, Trump accordingly won 85 percent of the nation and 61 percent of the states (including Maine's 2nd district). With the historic flip of Elliott County, Kentucky, every rural, white-majority Southern county voted for the Republican nominee for the first time in history.
According to exit polling, Trump won 81 percent of evangelical Christians compared to 16 percent for Clinton, a record high and even more than George W. Bush won in 2004, even though some have disputed the accuracy of such exit polling methods. This is largely due to Trump's conservative policies that align well with the Bible, including opposition to abortion.
While liberal, establishmentarian world leaders made generally nuanced statements in response to Trump's election upset, conservative, right-wing leaders, including the leaders of insurgent parties in European nations, reacted positively to Trump's election.
In addition to Trump's defeat of Clinton, the Republican Party kept control of the House and Senate, outperforming expectations. The Republican Party performed well—much better than expected—in state races, winning trifectas in Kentucky, Iowa, Missouri, and New Hampshire, and Democrats only had six trifectas and total control in five states, a record low. The GOP won 25 trifectas, the largest since 1952. The GOP now controlled the highest amount of governorships since 1922, and it controlled the most state legislative chambers in history.
Despite expectations that Trump's election victory would cause the markets to plunge, the Dow Jones Industrial Average actually performed very strongly, closing at the highest level it had ever reached in history after the second day. It is rare for the stock market to rise immediately after a U.S. presidential election regardless of the winner. The stock market had its best week in five years due to optimism of a Trump presidency.
After the election, childish leftists and anarchists, who could not accept the results of the election, strongly protested Trump's victory and committed outrageous and extreme acts of vandalism and violence, even brutally attacking and beating at least one alleged Trump supporter. Many of these protests were likely organized and coordinated, as many protestors were bused in by Coach buses. This occurred on the heels of Hillary Clinton, the Clinton campaign, and major mainstream media condemning in the harshest terms Trump and his supporters' complaints of a "rigged election," and failure to accept the results would damage democracy. Clinton, President Obama, and the media highlighted the protests and failed to condemn the leftist violence and protests as detrimental to democracy.
President of the United States
- See also: Donald Trump achievements
- See also: Trump transition
On November 30, 2016, before Trump had finalized all his cabinet appointments, it was still described by Politico as "a conservative dream team that has Republicans cheering and liberals in despair" due to the many strong conservatives Trump had appointed, in contrast to moderates like George W. Bush. Accordingly, Newsweek called Trump's incomplete cabinet the most conservative cabinet in U.S. history. The Washington Times noted how Trump was defying Washington establishment norms in his cabinet picks.
The Wall Street Journal stated that "it’s nearly impossible to identify a clear ideological bent" in Trump's appointments. However, this can be easily explained by the fact that Trump has used some of his cabinet nominations to unite the GOP by appealing to most of its factions, even though Trump's appointments are still very conservative.
During the transition period, the Obama Administration engaged in surveillance and information-gathering of Trump, in order to investigate any alleged ties to Russia. This was confirmed by GOP U.S. Representative Devin Nunes on March 22, 2017, and by Evelyn Farkas, the deputy assistant secretary of defense under Obama, on March 29, 2017.
Trump was inaugurated on January 20, 2017, giving one of the strongest inauguration addresses in American history. His first bill signed as president was to allow retired general and Defense Secretary nominee James Mattis to be confirmed. That same day, Trump instituted a national day of patriotism, and a few days later Trump officially designated his inauguration day the National Day of Patriotic Devotion.
Despite the fact that leftists knew for two months that Trump would be inaugurated president, hateful, anti-American, and immature leftists engaged in violent protests and did major acts of vandalism and even injuring the police who were sent in. At least 217 protesters were arrested.
Despite having no power to block Trump's cabinet nominees and having no reason to delay the process, liberal Senate Democrats delayed confirmation of Trump's nominees, so that only two were confirmed on Trump's first day in office. This was a large difference from other recent presidents, who, with the exception of George H. W. Bush, had much larger numbers confirmed in the first week.
- See also: Donald Trump's major achievements
Due to his promotion and support of conservative, America First policies, President Trump faced large opposition from the Left, including from within the government bureaucracy. (The fact that members of the Deep State have grown visibly scared of reports stating such confirms this view; in May 2017, it was reported that 60% of National Security Council employees were Obama-Administration holdovers) Additionally, Senate Democrats continued to unduly delay Trump's cabinet nominees at historic and unprecedented proportions—by February 8, 2017, only George Washington had fewer cabinet nominees confirmed by this length of time into his presidency.
On January 23, 2017, Trump signed an order which withdrew the United States from the globalist Trans-Pacific Partnership. That same day, Trump signed an order reinstating the Mexico City Policy, which defunded International Planned Parenthood and other organizations that promote foreign abortions.
Trump was very busy and productive in his first week and showed he was serious about his campaign promises, undoing Obama's illegitimate legacy and instituting conservative executive orders. This caused the stock market to increase, and the Dow Jones passed 20,000 points for the first time in history. On March 1, 2017, the day after Trump made his first address to a joint-session of Congress, the stock market rose dramatically again, with the Dow Jones passing the 21,000 mark for the first time in history.
As evidence of this intense mainstream media opposition to President Trump, a study published close to the 100th-day mark of Trump's presidency showed that 89% of media coverage regarding Trump was negative. Additionally, Trump was on track to become the most mocked president on late-night comedy TV in at least 25 years.
On April 26, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security, acting under an executive order established by President Trump, established the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office (VOICE), created to help support victims of illegal immigrant crime, and it established the DHS-Victim Information and Notification Exchange, which was created to help those victims track the custody status of the illegal criminals. However, leftists took to pranking the phone line created, showing disrespect to the victims of illegal immigration.
Temporary immigration and refugee suspensions
Trump received criticism from liberals and establishment Republicans when he signed an executive order temporarily banning immigration from certain high-risk Islamic countries as well as refugee entry. Despite this criticism, 49 percent of the American public supported the decision compared to 41 percent opposed, according to the "mainstream" Reuters, and 57% percent of likely American voters supported the ban according to Rasmussen. Additionally, while the leftist establishment European leaders opposed the ban, a strong majority—55% average—of Europeans support the ban, according to a poll in 10 European Union nations. On March 6, 2017, Trump signed a second executive order concerning the temporary suspension of refugees and others from certain high-risk countries after the first one was blocked by the courts. The second order made some clarifications and minor improvements over the first, such as exempting green card holders from the ban and excluding Iraq from it as it had developed an acceptable vetting process.
Trump showed he would not tolerate incompetent leftist administration officials when he fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates (a left-wing Obama holdover) when she refused to defend his refugee and immigration ban executive order. Trump emulated Ronald Reagan's firing of the striking PATCO workers in 1981 by doing so, contrary to the mainstream media spin. That same night, Trump replaced the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (another Obama holdover) with a more competent official who had a reputation for enforcing immigration laws.
Reducing regulations and government
- For more information, see Donald Trump achievements: Deregulation and government size
In the first six weeks of Trump's presidency, over 90 regulations were repealed, whether through executive orders, Acts of Congress, or other means. Trump also signed numerous executive actions promoting a smaller government.
On January 31, 2017, Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. The nomination was well received by many conservatives. Others, most notably Andrew Schlafly, disagreed with the nomination due to concerns about Gorsuch's position on abortion.
Upon the swing justice Anthony Kennedy's announcement on June 21, 2018 that he would retire from the Court at the end of the succeeding month, Trump nominated the conservative Brett Kavanaugh to replace him.
In May 2017, the unemployment rate fell from 4.4% from 4.3%, the lowest since May 2001, as the number of unemployed persons was little changed at 6.9 million and the labor force participation rate fell to 62.7 percent.
According to a Rasmussen survey, consumer confidence is the second-highest it's been in the index's history. The market cap of the U.S. stock market has risen more than $3 trillion since Mr. Trump was elected. Small-business confidence has surged to a 12-year high.
- Trump: The Art of the Deal with Tony Schwartz (1987)
- Trump: Surviving at the Top with Charles Leerhsen (1990)
- Trump: The Art of the Comeback with Kate Bohner (1997)
- The America We Deserve with Dave Shiflett (2000)
- Trump: How to Get Rich with Meredith McIver (2004)
- Trump: Think Like a Billionaire: Everything You Need to Know about Success, Real Estate and Life with Meredith McIver (2005)
- Why We Want You to Be Rich: Two Men, One Message with Meredith McIver and Robert T. Kiyosaki (2006)
- Think Big and Kick Ass in Business and Life with Bill Zanker (2007)
- Trump: Never Give Up: How I Turned My Biggest Challenges into Success with Meredith McIver (2008)
- Think Like a Champion: An Informal Education in Business and Life with Meredith McIver (2009)
- Midas Touch: Why Some Entrepreneurs Get Rich—and Why Most Don't with Robert T. Kiyosaki (2011)
- Time to Get Tough: Making America #1 Again (2011)
- Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again (2015)
Quotes as U.S. President
- "....today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another, or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the people."
- "We assembled here today our issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power, from this day forward: a new vision will govern our land, from this day forward, it's going to be only America first. America first."
- "[We will] unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth."
- "When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice."
- "In America we don’t worship government, we worship God."
- "I didn’t get elected to serve the Washington media—I got elected to serve the forgotten men and women and that’s exactly what I’m doing."
- "The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented." (UN speech, September 2017)
- "The most important truth our Founders understood was this: Freedom is not a gift from government; freedom is a gift from God."
Quotes from the 2016 campaign for President
Trump's tactics of naming and shaming candidates has been proven very effective. He called Jeb Bush 'low-energy Jeb' and it stuck. Then came Marco Rubio as 'Little Marco.' Next came 'Lyin' Ted' for Ted Cruz. For the Democrats, he calls Hillary Clinton 'Crooked Hillary'. He doesn't give Bernie Sanders the same treatment though he has referred to him as a Communist.
- “We will no longer surrender this country or its people to the false song of globalism.”
- "I think we have a president who, as a president, is totally incompetent, and he doesn’t know what he’s doing. I think he has no idea what he’s doing. And our country is going to hell."
- "I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created."
- "I’m using my own money. I’m not using the lobbyists. I’m not using donors. I don’t care. I’m really rich."
- "Free trade is terrible. Free trade can be wonderful if you have smart people. But we have stupid people."
- "Nobody would be tougher on ISIS than Donald Trump. Nobody. Within our military, I will find the General Patton, or I will find General MacArthur, I will find the right guy."
- "I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will have Mexico pay for that wall."
- "I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct."
- "Becoming the nominee of the party of Abraham Lincoln has been the greatest honor of my life.
General election debate quotes
- "Because you would be in jail." (Trump in response to Clinton saying that it would be a good thing that he "is not in charge of the law in our country")
- "Now she’s blaming the lie on the late great Abraham Lincoln. ...Honest Abe never lied. That’s the good thing. That's the big difference between Abraham Lincoln and you." (Trump in response to Clinton's excuse for having "'a public and private position on certain issues.'")
- "Hillary has experience, but it’s bad experience."
Quotes from Twitter
Somebody said I’m the Ernest Hemingway of 140 characters.
Trump's tweets are archived and fully searchable online. Here are some choice examples:
- "An 'extremely credible source' has called my office and told me that @BarackObama's birth certificate is a fraud."
- "It’s amazing how people can talk about me but I’m not allowed to talk about them."
- "This very expensive GLOBAL WARMING bull**** has got to stop. Our planet is freezing, record low temps,and our GW scientists are stuck in ice."
- "So many 'politically correct' fools in our country. We have to all get back to work and stop wasting time and energy on nonsense!" (August 8, 2015)
- "Notice that illegal immigrants will be given ObamaCare and free college tuition but nothing has been mentioned about our VETERANS #DemDebate" (October 13, 2015)
- "They laughed at me when I said to bomb the ISIS controlled oil fields. Now they are not laughing and doing what I said." (November 13, 2015)
- "President Obama said 'ISIL continues to shrink' in an interview just hours before the horrible attack in Paris. He is just so bad! CHANGE." (November 14, 2015)
- "Refugees from Syria are now pouring into our great country. Who knows who they are - some could be ISIS. Is our president insane?" (November 17, 2015)
- "Eight Syrians were just caught on the southern border trying to get into the U.S. ISIS maybe? I told you so. WE NEED A BIG & BEAUTIFUL WALL!" (November 19, 2015)
- "Hillary said that guns don't keep you safe. If she really believes that she should demand that her heavily armed bodyguards quickly disarm!" (January 3, 2016)
- "I wonder if President Obama would have attended the funeral of Justice Scalia if it were held in a Mosque? Very sad that he did not go!" (February 20, 2016)
- "The organized group of people, many of them thugs, who shut down our First Amendment rights in Chicago, have totally energized America!" (March 12, 2016)
- "Why is it that the horrendous protesters, who scream, curse punch, shut down roads/doors during my RALLIES, are never blamed by media? SAD!" (March 20, 2016)
- "Do you all remember how beautiful and safe a place Brussels was. Not anymore, it is from a different world! U.S. must be vigilant and smart!" (March 22, 2016)
- "For the 1st time in American history, America’s 16,500 border patrol agents have issue[d] a presidential primary endorsement—me! Thank you." (April 1, 2016)
- "We are going to say Merry Christmas again." (December 2016 in Michigan).
- "The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!"
- "Mike Flynn should ask for immunity in that this is a witch hunt (excuse for big election loss), by media & Dems, of historic proportion!" (March 31, 2017)
- "That's right, we need a TRAVEL BAN for certain DANGEROUS countries, not some politically correct term that won't help us protect our people!" (June 5, 2017, while the Dept. of Justice was arguing in court that his Executive Order was not a "travel ban")
- "Fake News is at an all time high. Where is their apology to me for all of the incorrect stories???" (June 13, 2017)
- "[T]he country is going to hell."
- "We have no leader in this country.”
- "Our leaders are stupid, they are stupid people."
- "I can tell you I am [the 2012 Obama campaign's] worst nightmare."
- "Obama has no solutions."
- "Everything in life is luck."
- "[Barack Obama] is probably the least transparent president in the history of the country."
- "Not teaching your kids about money is like not caring whether they eat."
Liberal denialism and Donald Trump
Post the 2016 U.S. presidential election many liberals were in denial that Donald Trump was going to be president of the United States. Before the election, many liberal media outlets took the line that Donald Trump could not win the Republican primary and could not win the presidential election.
Political scientists, denialism and Donald Trump
- See also: Atheism and science
Few, if any, political scientists predicted early on that Donald Trump would win the Republican primary and then would subsequently be elected president of the United States. Furthermore, most pollsters indicated that Trump would lose the election.
27 percent of American political scientists believe in the existence of God while 76 percent of American doctors said they believe in God. Most American atheists lean to the left politically (see: Atheism and politics). Compared to medical science, which has many effective medicines and surgical procedures, the social science of political science is often unreliable.
Trump and the mainstream media
- See also: Mainstream media and Donald Trump
The leftist mainstream media despises Trump and fails to report objectively when covering him.
Angry secular leftists and Donald Trump
In certain cases, it became debilitating (see:: Secular leftists and psychogenic illness). The website Marketwatch reported concerning the aftermath of the 2016 presidential race: Trump’s win is causing a surge in demand for mental health services
The Religion News Service reported:
|“|| For the last decade, atheists, humanists and others secularists have worked hard to organize a “secular vote” that would counter the political clout of the religious right.
President-elect Donald J. Trump’s victory dealt that movement a body blow when he garnered 81 percent of the white evangelical vote and 60 percent of the white Catholic vote. Mormons, too, voted overwhelmingly for Trump...
[Trump's] platform was seen as anti-secular in many atheist and humanist circles. He said he would appoint religiously conservative Supreme Court justices, ban Muslim immigrants, favor Christianity and repeal the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits certain tax-exempt organizations from endorsing political candidates — issues antithetical to organized atheism and humanism.
- Donald Trump's religious views
- Trump Administration
- Essay:Donald Trump One Two Body Blow
- The Chalkening
- Trump University
- Liberal Smear Machine
- Kathryn Steinle
- Mollie Tibbetts
- Sarah Root
- Alveda King
- Trump effect
- Deep State coup 2.0
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- Trump Border Wall
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