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Donald J. Trump

Donald Trump is the carnival barker who introduced the phrase "grab em by the pussy" into the national lexicon. Trump is the 45th President of the United States. His campaign slogan was Make America Great Again. Ta-Nehisi Coates noted that "It is often said that Trump has no real ideology, which is not true his ideology is white supremacy, in all its truculent and sanctimonious power. Trump inaugurated his campaign by casting himself as the defender of white maidenhood against Mexican rapists, only to be later alleged by multiple accusers, and by his own proud words, to be a sexual violator himself. White supremacy has always had a perverse sexual tint. Trumps rise was shepherded by Steve Bannon, a man who mocks his white male critics as cucks. The word, derived from cuckold, is specifically meant to debase by fear and fantasythe target is so weak that he would submit to the humiliation of having his white wife lie with black men.... essential to the construct of a white race is the idea of not being a nigger... Trump arrived in the wake of ... an entire nigger presidency with nigger health care, nigger climate accords, and nigger justice reform..."

According to Edison Research, Trump won whites making less than $50,000 by 20 points, whites making $50,000 to $99,999 by 28 points, and whites making $100,000 or more by 14 points. Trump won white women (+9) and white men (+31). According to preelection polling in 2016, in a tally of white voters only, Trump would have defeated Clinton 389 to 81 in the Electoral College, with the remaining 68 votes either a toss-up or unknown. The racial and ethnic isolation of whites at the zip code level was one of the strongest predictors of Trump support.

Trump had been married to his wife, Melania, for twelve years and they are parents to their son, Barron. Additionally, Donald Trump has four adult children, Don Jr., Ivanka, Eric and Tiffany, and eight grandchildren. Born in the New York City borough of Queens, Trump grew up in the wealthy neighborhood of Jamaica Estates. He was the fourth of five children. His father, Fred Trump, was a real estate developer with an authoritarian style -- one that he passed down to his ambitious son.

A 13-year-old with a history of trouble at school, his father Fred Trump sent him to a military academy to be straightened out. New York Military Academy in Cornwall-on-Hudson boasted of its record whipping rebellious boys into shape.

Trump often points to his five years at the New York Military Academy , about 60 miles from his home town of New York City, as a formative period in his life that helped qualify him to be commander in chief. He has said that the school provided him more training militarily than a lot of the guys that go into the military.

After his 18th birthday in June 1964, Donald J. Trump registered with the Selective Service, as did all men his age. Trump received the first of four education deferments as he worked his way through his undergraduate studies. After graduating from the Wharton School of Finance in the spring of 1968, making him eligible to be drafted and sent to Vietnam, he received a diagnosis that would change his path: bone spurs in his heels. The diagnosis resulted in a coveted 1-Y medical deferment. The draft lottery began in December 1969. Because of his medical exemption, his lottery number would have been irrelevant. Trump remained 1-Y until 1972, when his status changed to 4-F, permanently disqualifying him. Trump followed in his fathers footsteps as a real estate developer. In the 1970s, the Justice Department accused the Trump organization of violating the Fair Housing Act, by preventing minorities from renting in his buildings. Donald Trump settled the case out of court.

The younger Trump had cultivated business contacts through his father. With that support, Trump has said he set up his own company with a $1 million investment. He entered the world of real estate development in New York. The Trump signature soon became synonymous with the most prestigious of addresses in Manhattan and subsequently throughout the world.

Trump was known for building casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey. First, Trump Plaza. Then Trump Castle. Then the Taj Mahal, costing nearly $1 billion. But it eventually went bankrupt. When the real estate market crashed in 1990, the value of his empire dropped from $1.7 billion to $500 million. He borrowed money and found new investors to avoid bankruptcy.

An accomplished author, Trump co-authored over fourteen bestsellers and his first book, The Art of the Deal, in addition to being the #1 book of the year, was considered a business classic.

"The Donald," as he would come to be known in the media, divorced his first wife, Ivana, with whom he had three children. He married and later divorced Marla Maples. Trump married his current wife, Slovenian model Melania, in 2005. His reality TV show The Apprentice made Trump a star. Contestants competed to be managers in Trump's empire. Those who failed were targeted with Trump's signature line: "You're fired." The show earned Trump more than $200 million.

After every presidential election since 1972, the top advisers to both major party nominees gather for a postmortem panel discussion at Harvard Universitys Kennedy School of Government. In a critique that generated audible groans among the dozens of assembled journalists who covered the 2016 campaign, Donald Trumps former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski complained that reporters erred by reporting on what actually Trump said at his events. This is the problem with the media, he said, when discussing the proposed Muslim ban. You guys took everything that Donald Trump said so literally! The American people didnt. They understood it. They understood that sometimes when you have a conversation with people, whether its around the dinner table or at a bar youre going to say things, and sometimes you dont have all the facts to back it up.

At the age of 70, Donald Trump became the oldest person to be sworn in as President of the United States. On December 4, 2015, the Trump campaign released a letter signed by Dr. Harold N. Bornstein, who said that he had treated Trump since 1980. The letter stated : His physical strength and stamina are extraordinary.... If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest person ever elected to the presidency.

Roger Stone, a longtime Republican operative and once a member of Trumps 2016 White House run, predicted Trumps opponents will try to oust him from office by insisting hes become incapacitated by Alzheimers disease. Some articles and online comments pointed out behaviors of Trumps that are consistent with Alzheimers: meandering speech, poor self-control, not properly responding to questions that are asked, erratic behavior. Trump used two hands to drink a glass of water at his State of the Union speech to Congress. This garnered a lot of attention as it was peculiar, and some wondered if he has visual/spatial problems that may be related to aging or onset of dementia. To some, he appeared to have problems walking up or down inclinations and needs to hold guard rails when managing stairs. The alleged frailties are not always in evidence.

Donald Trump came into office pledging to avoid conflicts of interest by resigning from his global business empire and handing control to his sons. Despite those steps, more potential conflicts have surfaced since his inauguration, fueled by the presidents critics and, in one case, his own tweet.

Foreign government entities continue to rent space at Trump Tower in New York. The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, a state-owned bank, is Trump Tower's biggest tenant, occupying 11 percent of the tower's office space. Trump regularly receives money and, without judicial intervention, will continue to receive money during his presidency through the leases that the ICBC and the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority hold in Trump Tower. Trump issued January 27 and March 4 executive orders attempting to impose a temporary travel ban on a handful of predominantly Muslim nations -- but the list excluded well-off Muslim countries where he has ongoing businesses or had explored future deals. Trump has real estate and golf courses in the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Indonesia; he has also considered real estate deals in Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

A lawsuit by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) claims that a provision in the Constitution known as the Emoluments Clause bans payments from foreign powers like the ones to Trumps companies. They cite fears among the framers of the Constitution that United States officials could be corrupted by gifts or payments.

Trump resigned from his businesses and put them in a trust under the care of his sons, Donald Jr. and Eric Trump, and advised by ethics experts. Eric Trump said allegations that payments from the China bank and Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority are illegal amount to "purely harassment for political gain." Trump has resigned from his businesses and put them in a trust under the care of his sons, Donald Jr. and Eric Trump, and advised by ethics experts. The presidents son Eric Trump, who is an executive vice president of the Trump Organization, said the company had taken more steps than required by law to avoid legal exposure, such as agreeing to donate any profits collected at Trump-owned hotels that come from foreign government guests to the United States Treasury.

Lara Brown, interim director of George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management, said 30 May 2017 very few of Trump's staff have the skills needed to run a complex organization like the White House. "A lot of people within the White House have very little experience with government and the process of American politics," she said.

Brown said one of the Trump White House's biggest weaknesses is that the president's management style is not suited to running a vast, interconnected series of organizations. "President Trump has always run his businesses in a closely held fashion, with very few individuals who have essentially managed separate projects," Brown told VOA. "That's not how politics works. Everything is profoundly connected, so you have a lot of people [in the White House] who don't understand how to maneuver through this process."

Elaine Kamarck, suggested June 9, 2017 "... a model for continuing chaos, with the likely result that power will begin to drain from the White House towards other centers.... It is likely that governors and corporate leaders may begin to take action regardless of what the White House thinks. Power can also move to Congress where possibilities for a limited tax bill and some infrastructure spending can move more or less without White House leadership. And internationally, power can move to the heads of Germany and France in Europe and also to China, as the United States pulls back from the world or offers leadership that is too unstable to count on. Its unclear whether turning the presidency into a sideshow would be permanent or not. But continuing chaos from a Trump presidency could do it at least temporarily.

"The other possibility for removal is that the President becomes even more erratic, more unpredictable and more unhinged from reality and that this manifests itself in some unambiguous way. In this case Vice President Pence and the Cabinet could invoke the 25th amendment to the Constitution which is to be used whenever the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. If approved by 2/3 of the House and Senate, Trump would no longer be president."

Nearly six months since he took office, Trump faced a declining approval rating that had dropped from 42 percent in April 2017 to 36 percent in July 2017, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll of 1,001 adults. Similarly, his disapproval rating has jumped five points to 58 percent. A total of 48 percent of respondents said they disapprove strongly of the presidents performance in office: A low threshold never reached by ex-presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, both Democrats, and only reached once by George W. Bush, during his second term. And 48 percent also see American global leadership weakening since Trump entered the White House, while 27 percent said it is stronger. Most respondents (66 percent) said they do not or only somewhat trust Trump in negotiating with foreign leaders, especially with Russian President Vladimir Putin (also 66 percent). Of those, 48 percent said they do not trust Trump "at all" in negotiations with Putin.

Only 33 percent of Republicans polled said Russia tried to influence the election, compared with 80 percent of Democrats. Overall, 60 percent of all American adults said Russia tried to tilt the elections, a slight increase from 56 percent in April 2017. Just seven percent of Republicans said the Trump campaign intentionally helped Russian efforts, compared with 65 percent of Democrats.

After the election, Trump asked Anthony Scaramucci to join the Administration, and Scaramucci sold his company, SkyBridge Capital, in anticipation of taking on a senior role. But Priebus didnt want him in the White House, and successfully blocked him. Scaramucci explained to New York magazine reporter Jessica Pressler in January 2017: "... the other thing I have learned about these people in Washington ... is they have no money. So what happens when they have no fucking money is they fight about what seat they are in and what the title is. Fucking congressmen act like that. They are fucking jackasses."

On 26 July 2017 Scaramucci told reporter Ryan Lizza that "Reince is a fucking paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac... Im not Steve Bannon, Im not trying to suck my own cock ... Im not trying to build my own brand off the fucking strength of the President.... What I want to do is I want to fucking kill all the leakers and I want to get the Presidents agenda on track so we can succeed for the American people... "

Donald Trump and his new Chief of Staff John Kelly requested Anthony Scaramucci to resign on 31 July 2017. The First Family reportedly did not enjoy the vulgarity associated with the White House following Scaramucci's profanity-laced tirades. Scaramucci endured quite a bit of drama during his brief high-profile tenure some of which he had sparked. His wife filed for divorce shortly after he accepted the position as Communications Director.

The White House had been a lot like Trump's reality show, "The Apprentice" since January 20. National Security Adviser Mike Flynn stepped down, Press Secretary Sean Spicer was relieved of his duties, FBI Director James Comey was dismissed, Preibus was the latest chip to fall last week, and on the first day of Gen. John F. Kelly's watch as White House Chief of Staff, the New York financier got the "you're fired" memo.

On 28 July 2017 Donald Trump named General John F. Kelly as the new White House chief of staff. The position had previously been occupied by former Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman Reince Priebus.

Donald Trump told a group of law enforcement officials on 28 July 2017 that they needn't "be too nice" in making arrests, he might have thought he was playing masterfully to the crowd. And the line "[W]hen you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon you just see them thrown in, rough I said, please don't be too nice," did get some laughter. The following, "Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you're protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over? Like, don't hit their head and they've just killed somebody don't hit their head. I said, you can take the hand away, okay?" did, too, plus applause.

The president praised the increasing militarization of US police, saying "You know, when you wanted to take over and you used military equipment and they were saying you couldn't do it you know what I said? That was my first day: You can do it".

Trump drew criticism from across the U.S. political spectrum for saying that hate groups and counterprotesters shared blame for the violence on 11-12 August 2017 in Charlottesville VA that left one woman dead and 19 injured when a Nazi sympathizer drove his car at high speed into a group of counterprotesters. White nationalists, the racist Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis shouted chants against racial minorities and Jews at the rally.

Trump's comments on 14 August 2017, in which he said demonstrators from hate groups and counterprotesters shared the blame for the violence, unleashed unprecedented criticism of the president by Republican lawmakers. Some admonished Trump by name. Most released comments rejecting bigotry, though the timing of their messages indicated they were clearly responding to the president's remarks. Republican Senator Bob Corker called for "radical change" in the White House to avoid "great peril." Corker said "The president has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability, nor some of the competence, that he needs to demonstrate in order for him to be successful".

Chief strategist Steve Bannon suggested that Trump's focus on the Confederate statues is a winning political strategy, even if Democrats accuse the president of aiding racist groups. "The Democrats," he said, "the longer they talk about identity politics, I got 'em. I want them to talk about racism every day. If the left is focused on race and identity, and we go with economic nationalism, we can crush the Democrats."

There was a lot of talk about Trump impeachment by mid-2017. It was too early to begin having the impeachment conversation. Impeachment is much more a political (instead of a legal) process and with the GOP controlling both chambers and Trump's popularity in the party being (relatively) healthy the political dynamics didn't signal impeachment. That could change in January 2019 if the Republicans lose either the House or Senate in November 2018.

Donald Trump on 18 August 2017 told senior officials he had decided to dismiss Steve Bannon, who from the beginning of the six-month-old tumultuous administration had been his most controversial adviser. Bannon, who was credited with helping Trump get elected, had clashed for months with other powerful West Wing figures.

Donald Trump has intensified his criticism of professional football players kneeling in protest during the national anthem before the games. His comments had wide repercussions. National Football League players initiated the gesture last year in protest against US police officers' violence toward African-Americans and racism. Trump criticized the NFL players during a rally in the state of Alabama on 22 September 2017. He criticized the gesture as insulting to the country and insisted the protesting players be fired.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who is known as a friend of Trump, expressed in a statement "deep disappointment" with the president's comments. Some Major League baseball players have begun refusing to stand for the national anthem. The National Basketball Association, or NBA, champion team has also announced it has canceled a planned visit to the White House.

US media reported in late September 2017 that at least 6 aides to President Donald Trump used private e-mail addresses for government business. It was revealed on 24 September 2017 that Trump's son-in-law and senior White House advisor Jared Kushner exchanged nearly 100 e-mails on official matters through his private account. The next day, the New York Times reported that other aides did the same, including Trump's daughter Ivanka, former chief strategist Steve Bannon and former chief of staff Reince Priebus.

The use of private e-mail was a focal point in last year's US presidential election. Trump's campaign attacked his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for her use of a private server for official correspondence while she was Secretary of State. She was criticized because it was claimed that the practice could have led to classified information being leaked.

Details of e-mails exchanged by Trump's aides were not immediately available, but the revelations could invite a backlash, particularly from the Democratic Party.

Melania Knavs was born was born on April 26, 1970 in Slovenia, and claims she always dreamed of becoming a model. The First Lady of the United States had a successful career after meeting fashion photographer Stane Jerko in 1987 at a modelling contest. Melania married Donald Trump in January 2005. Melania's modeling photos were used in attack ads from political competitors, and she was caught in an embarrassing plagiarism scandal. The media's scrutiny of their relationship intensified even further during a May 2017 trip to the Middle East. When the president reached out to hold her hand, Melania was caught on camera apparently swatting it away.

It is commonly said that Melania has had extensive plastic surgery. People have speculated about that Melania Trump had breast implants early in her modelling career. With rhinoplasty, Melania transformed her nose into a sharper and pointed shape. The fresh-faced looks of her modelling heyday seem to have had help from cosmetic professionals in her slide towards middle age. Her wrinkle free fresh looking face is the result of Botox treatment. She was fairly attractive -- if you didn't stand too close or look with scrutiny -- and Trump parades her around as arm candy.

For the 2007 Golden Globes, Ivanka shocked everyone when she arrived with obvious breast augmentation. One fashionista noted "... they're too large for her frame and the biggest reason why people think she's had tons of work done. Maybe all she's changed is her nose and the boobs, but the latter are so obviously fake, it makes you wonder about the whole package.... I say a boob job and at least one rhinoplasty for sure. I'm guessing she has started to dabble in Botox, too, although I'm not sure about the fillers yet. Her lips were always quite full... "

Tabloids reported that women around the world are spending fortunes to look more like Ivanka Trump. Trump has never shied away from vocalizing his objectionable thoughts on his daughters looks

In electing a reality show star as president, the American people chose optics over substance. On 17 January 2017, InTouch magazine ran excerpts from an interview with adult-film star Stormy Daniels (ne Stephanie Clifford) wherein she detailed having a 2006 affair with then-future-president Donald Trump. The piece was the first confirmation from Daniels about the affair, which had been much rumored prior to the 2016 election. Rumors of Trumps affair with Daniels did, indeed, grace the cover of the October 24, 2011 issue of Life & Style.

StormyThe release of an interview that Daniels gave to InTouch magazine several years earlier not only seems to confirm that it happened, but has given the public way too much information about their short-lived relationship. Stormy told In Touch, [The sex] was textbook generic, while discussing the fling they had less than four months after Donalds wife, Melania, gave birth to their son, Barron. I actually dont even know why I did it, but I do remember while we were having sex, I was like, Please, dont try to pay me. After the encounter, Stormy says Trump pursued her and the two met on several more occasions, including at his private bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel in LA. As for the later encounters, she said: ... He told me once that I was someone to be reckoned with, beautiful, smart, just like his daughter.

The matter drew renewed attention after The Wall Street Journal reported that Trumps personal lawyer paid her $130,000 to keep quiet. "A lawyer for President Donald Trump arranged a $130,000 payment to a former adult-film star a month before the 2016 election as part of an agreement that precluded her from publicly discussing an alleged sexual encounter with Mr. Trump, according to people familiar with the matter." The InTouch magazine interview with Daniels was conducted in 2011, which means it occurred before the performer signed the reported NDA.

Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, said this never happened. Responding to the allegations, Cohen stated, "President Trump once again vehemently denies any such occurrence, as has Ms. Daniels." "This is now the second time that you are raising outlandish allegations against my client," Cohen continued. "You have attempted to perpetuate this false narrative for over a year; a narrative that has been consistently denied by all parties since at least 2011."

Over on Saturday Night Live Weekend Update, Colin Jost, echoing sentiments shared widely across the world, cracked about the breakneck speed at which new Trump scandals were appearing in the press. Let me just say what a thrill it is to be alive a time when Porn star blackmails president is, like, the fourth biggest story of the week, Jost said. At this rate, in a year from now, were going to find Trump found with dead hooker right next to the crossword puzzle.

Daniels, according to an article published by tabloid magazine InTouch Weekly, described how she could make Donald Trump behave as her puppet. Daniels told Randy Spears, a friend and fellow adult performer, She said, It was almost like he was so taken with me that I could move him around like a puppet'. Her comment shed light on an aspect of Trumps personality not often discussed the seeming ease with which he can be manipulated by others. Journalist Willam Saletans in Slate in November 2016 described Trump as an emotional weakling whose emotional softness makes him morally weak.



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