Donald Trump was the 4th child of Fred and Mary Trump, born in New York City, June 14, 1946. He grew up in Queens. He graduated from New York Military Academy in 1964, and went to work for his father. He learned the building trades. Donald graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in 1968, and became president of the Trump Organization in 1972. He had 2 sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, by his first wife, Ivana. He built Trump Tower at Fifth Avenue and 56th Street and bought the Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida. Trump published his first book, "The Art of the Deal," in 1987. He took over the Miss Universe beauty pageant in 1996. Trump believes in the power of celebrity and debuted his TV show, "The Apprentice." "You're Fired!" became its tagline.
Trump toyed with the idea of running for president long before it became a reality. The stage was set in 2016. Americans were disgusted with both parties, the endless wars and a national debt that ballooned to 20 trillion under Obama. Trump's ideas about immigration and trade appealed to middle America as did his opposition to unwinnable wars. Trump attacked the press as dishonest and coined the phrase "fake news." He held "Make America Great Again" rallies across the country. His energy was prodigious! He railed against rigged elections. He attacked everyone, and the American people ate it up, including me. Trump cited the loss of jobs, illegal immigration, violent crime & the reluctance to call Islamic terrorism what it is as contributing to America's decline. He promised a wall along the southern border.
Before the debates, it was assumed that low-energy Jeb Bush would be the Republican nominee. Trump beat 16 candidates, however, to get the nomination. Trump is an engaging public speaker. He is entertaining. Even so, the pundits thought crooked Hillary Clinton would win the general election. The Democrat party and The Left freaked out when Trump beat crooked Hillary in the Electoral College 304 votes to 227. Trump and his vice president Mike Pence got 63 million votes.
President Trump has done what he said he would. He withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He ended the government's assistance of abortion in foreign countries. He approved the Keystone and Dakota pipelines. He strengthened security along the southern border. He blocked federal grants to sanctuary cities. He went after voter fraud. He instituted a travel ban to keep terrorists from Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya & Yemen from entering the U.S. He put conservative judges Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court. He imposed new sanctions on Iran. He rolled back regulations. He fired FBI director James Comey. He repealed global warming policies. He bombed an ISIS complex in Afghanistan. He met with North Korea's Kim Jong-Un and persuaded him to agree to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. He used social media (twitter) to speak directly to the American people. His America First policy worked!