US elections 2020: America under 4 years of unconventional leadership - Trump's profile
Donald J Trump, the flamboyant US President, is an unconventional leader by all standards with his tenure in White House marked with impulsive foreign policy decisions, off the cuff remarks, fiery rhetoric, racial tension and economic slowdown in America and numerous alleged scandals.
New Delhi: Donald J Trump, the flamboyant US President, is an unconventional leader by all standards with his tenure in White House marked with impulsive foreign policy decisions, off the cuff remarks, fiery rhetoric, racial tension and economic slowdown in America and numerous alleged scandals.
Donald Trump is the 45th and current president of the United States. Trump announced his presidential campaign in 2015 with his slogan "Make America Great Again." He defeated Hillary Clinton to become president, without ever holding political office previously.
He assumed office on January 20, 2017, and filed to run for re-election on the same day. He crossed the delegate threshold necessary to win the Republican nomination--1,276 delegates--on March 17, 2020. He was formally nominated at the Republican National Convention on August 24, 2020.
Donald Trump was born in New York City in 1946. He attended Fordham University and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, according to the White House website. After that, he started working for his father's business and eventually founded the Trump Organization, which is comprised of 500 companies involving resorts, hotels, residential properties and more.
In the 1980s, he invested in the casino business in Atlantic City. Trump launched the reality TV show "The Apprentice" in 2004. It ran for 15 seasons.
He does not drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes, linking his abstinence to the loss of his older brother, who struggled with alcoholism and died in 1981 at the age of 43, according to Kyodo News. He instead loves fast food and prefers to drink Diet Coke.
Trump married his first wife, Ivana, in 1977 and the couple had three children: Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric. They divorced in 1992 and the following year, his new wife, Marla Maples, gave birth to their daughter Tiffany. Trump has been married to Melania Knauss since 2005. They have a son together named Barron.
Trump is known for using social media, especially Twitter, to issue directives, to rants about political leaders, world leaders and occasionally his administration officials. New York Times reported that Trump has fully integrated Twitter into the very fabric of his administration, reshaping the nature of the presidency and presidential power.
In 2019, he announced increased tariffs on USD 300 billion worth of Chinese goods, using a tweet to deepen tensions between the two countries. And in March that year, Trump cast aside more than 50 years of American policy, tweeting his recognition of Israel's sovereignty in the Golan Heights.
In December last year, Trump became the third US President in history to be impeached by the House of Representatives when it brought accusations that he abused the power of his office to boost his own chances of re-election. He was acquitted at a subsequent trial in the Republican-controlled Senate.
In his re-election bid, President Trump has been focusing on his stewardship of the economy, promising a rapid coronavirus vaccine, and employing tough rhetoric on immigration and social unrest.
According to Trump's campaign website, his administration's policies generated 6 million new jobs, the unemployment rate fell to its lowest point in 50 years and wages grew. He also boasts about GDP growth."There are more than a million more job openings than unemployed persons in the US," the website says.
As the President of the US, Trump is facing the most dangerous crisis of this century as coronavirus spreads and the country's economy is witnessing a slowdown.
Trump administration handling of coronavirus pandemic has become the flashpoint in his race against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. The former vice president has focused his campaign against Trump on the administration's failure to combat the crisis.(ANI)