Donald Trump

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Donald John Trump (14 June 1946 in Queens, New York),[1] also known as Donald John Drumpf,[3][4] is a billionaire business leader[1] who stunned the world on 8 November 2016 when he became the first person with no previous political or military experience to be voted in as President of the United States, the 45th.[5] The polls and pundits had predicted a win for Hillary Clinton.[5] Contrary to the predictions of the stock market experts, who had expected "a big drop in the stock market"[6] if Donald won, the stock market was exuberant, with the Dow reaching a record intraday high two days after the election.[7][8] Donald won by virtue of the Electoral College. This sparked him to say: "I was never a fan of the Electoral College until now." On 23 November 2016, Hillary held a lead of over 2 million votes over him.[9] "Time" magazine declared Donald Person of the Year for 2016.[10]

Origin of last name

There are two theories over why and when the name "Drumpf" was changed to "Trump". Author Gwenda Blair had said in her 2001 book "The Trumps: Three Generations of Builders and a Presidential Candidate" that the name was changed by winegrower John Philip Drumpf, a Kallstadter, during the Thirty Years War.[I]:26 She then apparently condtradicted herself in a 2015 interview with "Deutsche Welle" and said that the name was changed by Donald's grandfather Friedrich Drumpf, in a move to anglicise it.[3] The "International Business Times" and boingboing.net both support Gwenda's latter position.[11][12][13]

"Make America Great Again" presidential campaign

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On 2 December 2015, Donald appeared on infowars.com, the website of the Right-wing talk show host Alex Jones. The interview was conducted with Donald speaking live to Alex from Trump Tower. Among other things, they talked about their admiration for Ronald Reagan. Donald talked about the similarity between his campaign slogan "Make America Great Again" and Ronald's "Let's Make America Great Again". His favorite president 'in the more or less modern era' is Ronald Reagan. Alex said that 90 percent of his audience were for Donald and that his then-13-year-old son Rex Jones, who finally sold him on being "a bigger supporter of his", was on cloud nine over his appearance on the show. After Donald won the election, he called Alex and said, among other things: "I want to talk to you to thank you and your audience."[14][15][16][17] Peter Walker of "The Independent" considers infowars.com to be an alt-Right website.[18]

Endorsers of a Donald Trump presidency

Nigel Farage

British politician Nigel Farage, the former leader of the UK Independence Party who successfully campaigned for the UK withdrawal from the EU, Brexit, supported Donald for the US Presidency. Nigel said: "I will say this: if I was an American citizen, I wouldn’t vote for Hillary Clinton if you paid me." There are rumours that Nigel is travelling to the US to help Donald with his campaign. Some say Nigel might coach Donald for the upcoming second debate with Hillary.[19]

In a Fox News interview with Neil Cavuto, Nigel was asked what he thought of Trump's remarks in a conversation in 2005 with Billy Bush in which he said that women allow stars to "do anything" to them. Nigel responded: "Look, this is, um, this is alpha male boasting, uh, it's the kind of thing – if we're being honest – that men do." Nigel's advice to Donald was to be humble and apologise and focus on things like America's place in the world, security, incomes and the manufacturing industry.[20][21]

On 13 November 2016, after Donald had secured the presidency, Nigel and Donald had an hour-long meeting, during which Nigel convinced Donald to bring a bust of Winston Churchill back into the Oval Office.[22] Barack Obama had taken it out of the Oval Office and placed it in the Residence.[23] British politician Boris Johnson had speculated that Barack had done this because the bust was "a symbol of the part-Kenyan president's ancestral dislike of the British empire -- of which Churchill had been such a fervent defender".[24] Donald has been described as an Anglophile.[22]

Marine Le Pen

Marine Le Pen, the leader of the French party the Front national, has compared herself to Donald: "We are similar because we are not part of the establishment, we are not part of the system, and we do not depend on anybody and we don't take orders from anyone." Marine has said that the proposed wall that Donald wants to place between Mexico and the US is symbolic and that Donald wants to control immigration, something she will not criticise him for.[25] "The New Yorker" has said that "Donald Trump is now America's Marine Le Pen".[2][26]

Quasi-endorsement from David Duke

On 25 February 2016, David Duke said the following:

Voting for these people [Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz], voting against Donald Trump at this point is really treason to your heritage. I’m not saying I endorse everything about Trump, in fact I haven’t formally endorsed him. But I do support his candidacy, and I support voting for him as a strategic action. I hope he does everything we hope he will do.[27]

Quasi-endorsement from the Ku Klux Klan

Just before the 2016 US presidential election, "The Crusader", a prominent Ku Klux Klan newspaper, had an article that had as its title the slogan of Donald's presidential campaign "Make America Great Again", written by Pastor Thomas Robb. In it, Thomas wrote that, "[W]e have to ask ourselves, 'What made America great in the first place?' The short answer to that is simple: America was great not because of what our forefathers did -- but because of who our forefathers were. America was founded as a White Christian Republic." Thomas closed with: "If America is truly going to be great again we must once again learn to Love God and Love our People."[28][29]

Thomas told "The Washington Post" by phone: "Overall, we do like his [Donald's] nationalist views and his words about shutting down the border to illegal aliens." He added: "It's not an endorsement because, like anybody, there's things you disagree with. But he kind of reflects what’s happening throughout the world. There seems to be a surge of nationalism worldwide as nationals reclaim their borders."[28]

Anti-endorsers of a Donald Trump presidency

Sigmar Gabriel

Sigmar Gabriel, the leader of the Social Democratic Party of Germany, has said that the Alternative for Germany, Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan are a "challenge for liberal democracies". He has said that Republicans are "worse than the Alternative for Germany, but only because the Alternative for Germany is smaller".[30]

Position on Angela Merkel

On 9 December 2015, Donald tweeted: "I told you @TIME Magazine would never pick me as person of the year despite being the big favorite They picked person [Angela Merkel] who is ruining Germany."[31] In a speech in Charlotte, North Carolina on 18 August 2016, Donald said: "Hillary Clinton is running to be America's Angela Merkel and we have seen how much crime and how many problems that's caused the German people and Germany."[32] On 29 September 2016,[33] when asked by Alison King from New England Cable News who was the world leader he "admired and would like to emulate",[34] Donald responded: "I think Merkel is a really great world leader." He then added: "I was very disappointed that, when she, this move with the whole thing on immigration, I think it’s a big problem and really, you know, to look at what she’s done in the last year and a half. I was always a Merkel person. I thought really fantastic. But I think she made a very tragic mistake a year and a half ago."[33]

People who have alleged sexual misconduct on Donald's part

Porn star Jessica Drake

Jessica Drake, a pornographic actress who participated in the films "Think Pink" and "Sex for Sale",[35][36][37] claims Donald flirted with her at a golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, California, and invited her "to walk along the golf course with him". She then agreed to be with him later that night in his room. She showed up with two other women. Jessica says that when they walked in, he hugged and kissed each one of them in the presence of a security guard "without asking permission". The women were with him 30 to 45 minutes. They "were asked questions about their jobs, including what it was like to film pornography". After they left, Jessica says, she received a phone call from "either Donald or a male calling on his behalf offering" her 10,000 dollars, a supposed offer she declined.[38] [35]

Jessica Leeds

After Donald decided to run for president, a Jessica Leeds decided to start telling people that Donald had groped her over 35 years before his presidential campaign. Jessica says that she was on an plane and a stewardess asked her if she wanted to move to first class. She immediately accepted the offer and was given a seat next to Donald. After conversing with him for a while, she says Donald lifted up the armrest between them and started touching her. She says that "if he had stuck with the upper part of the body" she "might not have gotten that upset". She says he put his hand up her skirt and that that was what she didn't like. Jessica says the reason she didn't tell her story for so long is that in those days "culture had instilled" in women that is was their fault if men did this type of thing.[39]

Jill Harth

In July 2016, another woman named Jill Harth publicly alleged that Trump groped her in December 1992. She says she was in a "tough predicament" and decided at first that she "didn't want to embarrass him". In January 1993, while Donald was giving Jill a private tour of his mansion, says Jill, Donald groped her and tried to get up her dress "again". The press wanted Jill to speak about this after Donald's presidential campaign started, but at the time she was "on friendly terms with him". According to Jill, she had many phone conversations with Donald in which Donald told her he loved her and so forth. She decided to start talking about it after Donald's daughter Ivanka Trump stood up for her father on CBS and said that he was 'not a groper'.[40][41] In February 2016, Jill had said she would vote for Donald.[42]

Summer Zervos

In 2007, Summer Zervos, a former "Apprentice" contestant, was "taken" somewhere, assuming that it was "a restaurant and a hotel". She says that instead, she "was taken to a bungalow". She was let in by the security guard, and when she walked in, she saw that to the left was a bedroom and she "found Mr. Trump's clothes on the bed". He greeted her, Summer says, "in a sing-song voice, it sounded like, 'Hello-o!'" She says she 'stood up' and he came to her "and started kissing her open-mouthed" and pulling her towards him. Summer "walked away" – but evidently made no attempt to leave the bungalow – and then "made an attempt at conversation". Donald then asked her to "sit next to him", to which she "complied". After this, Donald, says Summer, began kissing her "aggressively" and touching her breasts. Summer then walked to another part of the room and Donald walked up to her, grabbed her hand and walked her into the bedroom. She walked out, but again apparently made no attempt to leave the bungalow. Donald then put her "in an embrace" and she said: "Come on man, get real." Summer later wrote him an email which she ended stating that she hoped to hear from him and wishing him continued success.[43]

Donald's response

Donald has said: "All of these liars [who accuse me of sexual misconduct] will be sued once the election is over. I look so forward to doing that."[44]

Book "The Art of the Deal"

A man name Tony Schwartz claims he wrote Donald's 1987 book "The Art of the Deal" in its entirety, except for "a few red marks" Donald made. The book was sold with both Tony Schwartz and Donald Trump's names on the front cover. Tony collected millions of dollars of profit from the book. Just before the 2016 presidential election, Tony claimed that Donald has a short attention span, is a liar, is "easily provoked" and couldn't be trusted with the nation's nuclear codes. When asked in a live interview with George Stephanopoulos why he kept his silence for so long, he said: "Because we had a successful experience together." Tony had written that nothing he wrote in "The Art of the Deal" was "on its face false". When asked about this in his interview with George Stephanopoulos, Tony claimed the book was "full of falsehoods" and that he regretted writing it. He went further and said he wouldn't have regretted doing this if Donald wouldn't have run for president.[45]

Time as President-elect and President

Late 2016 and 2017

November 2016 statements on Paris Agreement and climate change

When asked by Thomas Friedman on 22 November 2016 about whether he planned to withdraw from or stay in the Paris Agreement, Donald said:

I’m looking at it very closely, Tom. I’ll tell you what. I have an open mind to it. We’re going to look very carefully. It’s one issue that’s interesting because there are few things where there’s more division than climate change. You don’t tend to hear this, but there are people on the other side of that issue who are, think, don’t even …[46]

Later on, James Bennet asked him whether he thinks "human activity is or isn’t connected" to climate change. Donald responded:

I think right now … well, I think there is some connectivity. There is some, something. It depends on how much. It also depends on how much it’s going to cost our companies. You have to understand, our companies are noncompetitive right now.[46]

"Okay" with Julian Assange being prosecuted

Although a month before the 2016 presidential election, Donald had said "I love WikiLeaks!"[47] on 21 April 2017, Donald said that indicting Julian Assange would be "okay" with him.[48] Alex Jones[49] and Hunter Wallace saw this as a betrayal.[50]

Saudi Arabia visit in May 2017

When Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner visited Saudi Arabia in May 2017, people pointed out that both Melania and Ivanka were seen and photographed without headscarves, despite the fact that he criticised Michelle Obama in January 2015 on Twitter for doing the same thing: "Many people are saying it was wonderful that Mrs. Obama refused to wear a headscarf in Saudi Arabia, but they were insulted. We have enuf enemies".[51]

Announcement of withdrawal from the Paris Agreement

On 1 June 2017, Donald announced that he would withdraw the United States form the Paris Agreement.[52] Amid applause from supporters, he presented this decision as part of his "America First"[53] programme:

The United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord, but begin negotiations to reenter either the Paris Accord or an [sic] really entirely new transaction, on terms that are fair to the United States, its workers, its people, its taxpayers.[54]

A little later in his speech, Donald explained that be believed that under the the Paris Agreement, the United States would have been giving up coal jobs and effectively sending them overseas. China and India, for example, would have been allowed, he said, to expand their coal industry:

China will be allowed to build hundreds of additional coal plants. So we can't build the plants, but they can, according to this agreement. India will be allowed to double its coal production by 2020. Think about it, India can double their coal production, we're supposed to get rid of ours. Even Europe is allowed to continue construction of coal plants. In short, the agreement doesn't eliminate coal jobs, it just transfers those jobs out of America and the United States and ships them to foreign countries. This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States.[55]

The website politifact.com contested Donald's assertion about China being "allowed to build hundreds of additional coal plants" while the United States wouldn't be able to. The website asserts that the Paris Agreement "doesn’t allow or disallow specific actions, like building plants".[56] An article in the "Washington Post" written by Glenn Kessler and Michelle Ye Hee Lee the day Donald made his speech says that "The agreement is nonbinding and each nation sets its own targets."[57] When Vladimir Putin was asked what he thought about Donald's decision, he said: "I wouldn't judge President Trump".[58]

Books cited

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