180 Facts About Donald John Trump


Donald John Trump graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in 1968.

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Donald John Trump became president of his father Fred Trump's real estate business in 1971 and renamed it The Trump Organization.

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Donald John Trump later started side ventures, mostly by licensing his name.

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Donald John Trump won the 2016 United States presidential election as the Republican nominee against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, but lost the popular vote.

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Donald John Trump became the first U S president with no prior military or government service.

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Donald John Trump promoted conspiracy theories and made many false and misleading statements during his campaigns and presidency, to a degree unprecedented in American politics.

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Donald John Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which cut taxes for individuals and businesses and rescinded the individual health insurance mandate penalty of the Affordable Care Act.

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Donald John Trump appointed 54 federal appellate judges and three United States Supreme Court justices.

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In foreign policy, Trump initiated a trade war with China and withdrew the U S from the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, the Paris Agreement on climate change, and the Iran nuclear deal.

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Donald John Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un three times, but made no progress on denuclearization.

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Donald John Trump reacted slowly to the COVID-19 pandemic, ignored or contradicted many recommendations from health officials in his messaging, and promoted misinformation about unproven treatments and the need for testing.

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Donald John Trump is the only president in American history to have been impeached twice.

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Donald John Trump went to Sunday school and was confirmed in 1959 at the First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica, Queens.

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Donald John Trump has called golfing his "primary form of exercise" but usually does not walk the course.

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Donald John Trump has often said he began his career with "a small loan of one million dollars" from his father, and that he had to pay it back with interest.

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Donald John Trump's investments underperformed the stock and New York property markets.

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Donald John Trump's income mainly came from his share in The Apprentice and businesses in which he was a minority partner, and his losses mainly from majority-owned businesses.

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Donald John Trump attracted public attention in 1978 with the launch of his family's first Manhattan venture, the renovation of the derelict Commodore Hotel, adjacent to Grand Central Terminal.

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In 1995, Donald John Trump sold the Plaza Hotel along with most of his properties to pay down his debts, including personally guaranteed loans, allowing him to avoid personal insolvency.

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In 1985, Donald John Trump acquired the Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida.

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Donald John Trump continued to use a wing of the house as a private residence.

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In 1984, Donald John Trump opened Harrah's at Donald John Trump Plaza, a hotel and casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, with financing and management help from the Holiday Corporation.

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Donald John Trump bought a third Atlantic City venue in 1988, the Donald John Trump Taj Mahal.

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Donald John Trump Organization began building and buying golf courses in 1999.

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Donald John Trump name has been licensed for various consumer products and services, including foodstuffs, apparel, adult learning courses, and home furnishings.

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In September 1983, Donald John Trump purchased the New Jersey Generals, a team in the United States Football League.

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Donald John Trump's businesses have hosted several boxing matches at the Atlantic City Convention Hall adjacent to and promoted as taking place at the Donald John Trump Plaza in Atlantic City.

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In 1989 and 1990, Donald John Trump lent his name to the Tour de Donald John Trump cycling stage race, which was an attempt to create an American equivalent of European races such as the Tour de France or the Giro d'Italia.

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From 1986 to 1988, Donald John Trump purchased significant blocks of shares in various public companies while suggesting that he intended to take over the company and then sold his shares for a profit, leading some observers to think he was engaged in greenmail.

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The New York Times found that Donald John Trump initially made millions of dollars in such stock transactions, but later "lost most, if not all, of those gains after investors stopped taking his takeover talk seriously".

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Donald John Trump failed to earn a profit with the airline and sold it to USAir.

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From 1996 to 2015, Donald John Trump owned all or part of the Miss Universe pageants, including Miss USA and Miss Teen USA.

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In 2007, Donald John Trump received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work as producer of Miss Universe.

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Donald J Trump Foundation was a private foundation established in 1988.

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Donald John Trump's team announced in December 2016 that the foundation would be dissolved.

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Cohn introduced political consultant Roger Stone to Donald John Trump, who enlisted Stone's services to deal with the federal government.

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Donald John Trump's attorneys appealed the rulings, arguing that Congress was attempting to usurp the "exercise of law-enforcement authority that the Constitution reserves to the executive branch".

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Donald John Trump's first book, The Art of the Deal, was a New York Times Best Seller.

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Donald John Trump made cameo appearances in many films and television shows from 1985 to 2001.

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Donald John Trump had a sporadic relationship with the professional wrestling promotion WWE since the late 1980s.

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Donald John Trump appeared at WrestleMania 23 in 2007 and was inducted into the celebrity wing of the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013.

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From 2004 to 2015, Donald John Trump was co-producer and host of reality shows The Apprentice and The Celebrity Apprentice.

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Donald John Trump registered as a Republican in 1987, a member of the Independence Party, the New York state affiliate of the Reform Party, in 1999, a Democrat in 2001, a Republican in 2009, unaffiliated in 2011, and a Republican in 2012.

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In 1987, Donald John Trump placed full-page advertisements in three major newspapers, expressing his views on foreign policy and on how to eliminate the federal budget deficit.

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Donald John Trump ruled out running for local office but not for the presidency.

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In 2000, Donald John Trump ran in the California and Michigan primaries for nomination as the Reform Party candidate for the 2000 United States presidential election but withdrew from the race in February 2000.

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In 2011, Donald John Trump speculated about running against President Barack Obama in the 2012 election, making his first speaking appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February 2011 and giving speeches in early primary states.

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Donald John Trump adopted the phrase "truthful hyperbole", coined by his ghostwriter Tony Schwartz, to describe his public speaking style.

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Donald John Trump's campaign was initially not taken seriously by political analysts, but he quickly rose to the top of opinion polls.

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In mid-July Donald John Trump selected Indiana governor Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate, and the two were officially nominated at the 2016 Republican National Convention.

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Donald John Trump twice refused to say whether he would accept the result of the election.

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Donald John Trump advocated a largely non-interventionist approach to foreign policy while increasing military spending, extreme vetting or banning immigrants from Muslim-majority countries to pre-empt domestic Islamic terrorism, and aggressive military action against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

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Donald John Trump helped bring far-right fringe ideas, beliefs, and organizations into the mainstream.

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Duke enthusiastically supported Donald John Trump and said he and like-minded people voted for Donald John Trump because of his promises to "take our country back".

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Donald John Trump did not release his tax returns, contrary to the practice of every major candidate since 1976 and his promises in 2014 and 2015 to do so if he ran for office.

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Donald John Trump said his tax returns were being audited, and his lawyers had advised him against releasing them.

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Donald John Trump is the only president who neither served in the military nor held any government office prior to becoming president.

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Donald John Trump's support had been modestly underestimated, while Clinton's had been overestimated.

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Donald John Trump won 30 states; included were Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, which had been part of what was considered a blue wall of Democratic strongholds since the 1990s.

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Donald John Trump's victory marked the return of an undivided Republican government—a Republican White House combined with Republican control of both chambers of Congress.

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Donald John Trump continued to profit from his businesses and to know how his administration's policies affected his businesses.

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Donald John Trump took office at the height of the longest economic expansion in American history, which began in June 2009 and continued until February 2020, when the COVID-19 recession began.

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The Donald John Trump administration claimed that the act would either increase tax revenues or pay for itself by prompting economic growth.

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In June 2017, Trump announced the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Agreement, making the U S the only nation in the world to not ratify the agreement.

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Donald John Trump rolled back more than 100 federal environmental regulations, including those that curbed greenhouse gas emissions, air and water pollution, and the use of toxic substances.

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Donald John Trump weakened protections for animals and environmental standards for federal infrastructure projects, and expanded permitted areas for drilling and resource extraction, such as allowing drilling in the Arctic Refuge.

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Donald John Trump aimed to boost the production and exports of fossil fuels; under Donald John Trump, natural gas expanded, but coal continued to decline.

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Agency defenders expressed opposition to Donald John Trump's criticisms, saying the bureaucracy exists to protect people against well-organized, well-funded interest groups.

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Donald John Trump dismantled many federal regulations on health, labor, and the environment, among other topics.

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Donald John Trump signed 14 Congressional Review Act resolutions repealing federal regulations, among them a bill that made it easier for severely mentally ill persons to buy guns.

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Donald John Trump scaled back the implementation of the ACA through executive orders 13765 and 13813.

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Donald John Trump expressed a desire to "let Obamacare fail"; his administration cut the ACA enrollment period in half and drastically reduced funding for advertising and other ways to encourage enrollment.

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Donald John Trump falsely claimed he saved the coverage of pre-existing conditions provided by the ACA.

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In June 2018, the Donald John Trump administration joined 18 Republican-led states in arguing before the Supreme Court that the elimination of the individual mandate had rendered the ACA unconstitutional.

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Donald John Trump said he supported "traditional marriage" but considered the nationwide legality of same-sex marriage a "settled" issue; in March 2017, his administration rolled back key components of the Obama administration's workplace protections against discrimination of LGBT people.

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Donald John Trump said he is opposed to gun control in general, although his views have shifted over time.

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Donald John Trump's administration took an anti-marijuana position, revoking Obama-era policies that provided protections for states that legalized marijuana.

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In 2016, Donald John Trump said he supported the use of interrogation torture methods such as waterboarding but later appeared to recant this due to the opposition of Defense Secretary James Mattis.

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Donald John Trump pardoned or reversed the sentences of three American servicemen convicted or accused of committing war crimes in Afghanistan or Iraq.

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In November and December 2020, Donald John Trump pardoned four Blackwater private security contractors convicted of killing Iraqi civilians in the 2007 Nisour Square massacre; white-collar criminals Michael Milken and Bernard Kerik; and daughter Ivanka's father-in-law Charles Kushner.

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Donald John Trump pardoned five people convicted as a result of investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections: Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos, Alex van der Zwaan, Stone, whose 40-month sentence for lying to Congress, witness tampering, and obstruction he had already commuted in July, and Paul Manafort.

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Donald John Trump's proposed immigration policies were a topic of bitter and contentious debate during the campaign.

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Donald John Trump promised to build a wall on the Mexico–United States border to restrict illegal movement and vowed Mexico would pay for it.

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Donald John Trump pledged to deport millions of illegal immigrants residing in the United States, and criticized birthright citizenship for incentivizing "anchor babies".

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Additional restrictions implemented by the Donald John Trump administration caused significant bottlenecks in processing refugee applications, resulting in fewer refugees accepted compared to the allowed limits.

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Donald John Trump later reframed the proposed ban to apply to countries with a "proven history of terrorism".

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Donald John Trump falsely asserted that his administration was merely following the law, blaming Democrats, despite the separations being his administration's policy.

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In 2018, Donald John Trump refused to extend government funding unless Congress allocated $5.

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Donald John Trump declared a National Emergency Concerning the Southern Border of the United States, intending to divert $6.

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Donald John Trump vetoed a joint resolution to overturn the declaration, and the Senate voted against a veto override.

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Donald John Trump described himself as a "nationalist" and his foreign policy as "America First".

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Donald John Trump is a skeptic of trade liberalization, adopting these views in the 1980s, and sharply criticized NAFTA during the Republican primary campaign in 2015.

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Donald John Trump withdrew the U S from the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, and launched a trade war with China by sharply increasing tariffs on 818 categories of Chinese goods imported into the U S While Trump said that import tariffs are paid by China into the U S Treasury, they are paid by American companies that import goods from China.

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Donald John Trump juxtaposed verbal attacks on China with praise of Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping, which was attributed to trade war negotiations with the leader.

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Donald John Trump said he resisted punishing China for its human rights abuses against ethnic minorities in the northwestern Xinjiang region for fear of jeopardizing trade negotiations.

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In July 2020, the Donald John Trump administration imposed sanctions and visa restrictions against senior Chinese officials, in response to expanded mass detention camps holding more than a million of the country's Uyghur Muslim ethnic minority.

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Donald John Trump supported many of the policies of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Donald John Trump ordered missile strikes in April 2017 and in April 2018 against the Assad regime in Syria, in retaliation for the Khan Shaykhun and Douma chemical attacks, respectively.

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In December 2018, Donald John Trump declared "we have won against ISIS, " contradicting Department of Defense assessments, and ordered the withdrawal of all troops from Syria.

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One week after his announcement, Donald John Trump said he would not approve any extension of the American deployment in Syria.

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In October 2019, after Trump spoke to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, U S troops in northern Syria were withdrawn from the area and Turkey invaded northern Syria, attacking and displacing American-allied Kurds in the area.

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In May 2018, Trump withdrew the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the 2015 agreement between Iran, the U S, and five other countries that lifted most economic sanctions against Iran in return for Iran agreeing to restrictions on its nuclear program.

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In January 2020, Trump ordered a U S airstrike that killed Iranian general and Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani, Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, and eight other people.

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Donald John Trump publicly threatened to attack Iranian cultural sites, or react "in a disproportionate manner" if Iran retaliated.

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Donald John Trump downplayed the severity of the missile strike and the brain injuries sustained by service members, denying them Purple Heart awards.

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In 2017, when North Korea's nuclear weapons were increasingly seen as a serious threat, Donald John Trump escalated his rhetoric, warning that North Korean aggression would be met with "fire and fury like the world has never seen".

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In 2017, Donald John Trump declared that he wanted North Korea's "complete denuclearization", and engaged in name-calling with leader Kim Jong-un.

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Donald John Trump met Kim three times: in Singapore in 2018, in Hanoi in 2019, and in the Korean Demilitarized Zone in 2019.

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Donald John Trump repeatedly praised and rarely criticized Russian president Vladimir Putin, but opposed some actions of the Russian government.

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Donald John Trump did not discuss alleged Russian bounties offered to Taliban fighters for attacking American soldiers in Afghanistan with Putin, saying both that he doubted the intelligence and that he was not briefed on it.

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Donald John Trump administration had a high turnover of personnel, particularly among White House staff.

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Donald John Trump publicly disparaged several of his former top officials, calling them incompetent, stupid, or crazy.

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Donald John Trump had four White House chiefs of staff, marginalizing or pushing out several.

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Donald John Trump was slow to appoint second-tier officials in the executive branch, saying many of the positions are unnecessary.

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Donald John Trump appointed 226 Article III judges, including 54 to the courts of appeals and three to the Supreme Court: Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett.

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In February 2020 Trump publicly asserted that the outbreak in the U S was less deadly than influenza, was "very much under control", and would soon be over.

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In March 2020, Donald John Trump privately told Woodward that he was deliberately "playing it down" in public so as not to create panic.

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Donald John Trump was slow to address the spread of the disease, initially dismissing the imminent threat and ignoring persistent public health warnings and calls for action from health officials within his administration and Secretary Azar.

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Donald John Trump falsely claimed that "anybody that wants a test can get a test, " despite the availability of tests being severely limited.

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Donald John Trump was the main speaker at the briefings, where he praised his own response to the pandemic, frequently criticized rival presidential candidate Joe Biden, and denounced the press.

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Donald John Trump's repeated use of the terms "Chinese virus" and "China virus" to describe COVID-19 drew criticism from health experts.

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Donald John Trump's administration's proposed 2021 federal budget, released in February, proposed reducing WHO funding by more than half.

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Donald John Trump then announced that he was withdrawing funding for the organization.

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In July 2020, Donald John Trump announced the formal withdrawal of the United States from the WHO effective July 2021.

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Donald John Trump often refused to wear a face mask at public events, contrary to his own administration's April 2020 guidance that Americans should wear masks in public and despite nearly unanimous medical consensus that masks are important to preventing the spread of the virus.

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Donald John Trump repeatedly pressured federal health agencies to take actions he favored, such as approving unproven treatments or speeding up the approval of vaccines.

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Donald John Trump alleged without evidence that FDA scientists were part of a "deep state" opposing him, and delaying approval of vaccines and treatments to hurt him politically.

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Later that day Donald John Trump was hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, reportedly due to labored breathing and a fever.

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Donald John Trump was treated with antiviral and experimental antibody drugs and a steroid.

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Donald John Trump denied the affairs and claimed he was not aware of Cohen's payment to Daniels, but he reimbursed him in 2017.

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Federal prosecutors asserted that Donald John Trump had been involved in discussions regarding non-disclosure payments as early as 2014.

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Court documents showed that the FBI believed Donald John Trump was directly involved in the payment to Daniels, based on calls he had with Cohen in October 2016.

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Crossfire Hurricane FBI investigation into possible links between Russia and the Donald John Trump campaign was launched in July 2016 during the campaign season.

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Donald John Trump denied collusion between his campaign and the Russian government.

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Donald John Trump sought to fire Mueller and shut down the investigation multiple times but backed down after his staff objected or after changing his mind.

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Donald John Trump bemoaned the recusal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Russia matters, stating that Sessions should have stopped the investigation.

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Report detailed multiple acts of potential obstruction of justice by Donald John Trump, but did not make a "traditional prosecutorial judgment" on whether Donald John Trump broke the law, suggesting that Congress should make such a determination.

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Several Donald John Trump associates pleaded guilty or were convicted in connection with Mueller's investigation and related cases.

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Cohen said he had made the false statements on behalf of Donald John Trump, who was identified as "Individual-1" in the court documents.

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Donald John Trump then confirmed that he withheld military aid from Ukraine, offering contradictory reasons for the decision.

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Donald John Trump said it was made clear that until Zelenskyy made such an announcement, the administration would not release scheduled military aid for Ukraine and not invite Zelenskyy to the White House.

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Donald John Trump held his first re-election rally less than a month after taking office and officially became the Republican nominee in August 2020.

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Donald John Trump repeatedly refused to say whether he would accept the results of the election and commit to a peaceful transition of power if he lost.

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Donald John Trump repeatedly misrepresented Biden's positions and shifted to appeals to racism.

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Donald John Trump withdrew from public activities in the weeks following the election.

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Donald John Trump initially blocked government officials from cooperating in Biden's presidential transition.

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Donald John Trump still did not formally concede while claiming he recommended the GSA begin transition protocols.

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Donald John Trump did not attend Biden's inauguration, leaving Washington for Florida hours before.

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When Donald John Trump moved supporters into positions of power at the Pentagon after the November 2020 election, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley and CIA director Gina Haspel became concerned about the threat of a possible coup attempt or military action against China or Iran.

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Milley insisted that he should be consulted about any military orders from Donald John Trump, including the use of nuclear weapons, and he instructed Haspel and NSA director Paul Nakasone to monitor developments closely.

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Unlike other former presidents, Donald John Trump continued to dominate his party; he has been compared to a modern-day party boss.

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Donald John Trump continued fundraising, raising more than twice as much as the Republican Party itself, hinted at a third candidacy, and profited from fundraisers many Republican candidates held at Mar-a-Lago.

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In October 2021, Donald John Trump announced the planned merger of TMTG with Digital World Acquisition, a special purpose acquisition company .

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Donald John Trump is the subject of several probes into both his business dealings and his actions before and during the presidency.

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In February 2021, the district attorney for Fulton County, Georgia, announced a criminal probe into Donald John Trump's phone calls to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

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When Donald John Trump left the White House in January 2021, he took government documents and material with him to Mar-a-Lago.

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Donald John Trump finished his term with a record-low approval rating of between 29 percent and 34 percent and a record-low average of 41 percent throughout his presidency.

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In Gallup's annual poll asking Americans to name the man they admire the most, Donald John Trump placed second to Obama in 2017 and 2018, tied with Obama for most admired man in 2019, and was named most admired in 2020.

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Since Gallup started conducting the poll in 1948, Donald John Trump is the first elected president not to be named most admired in his first year in office.

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Gallup poll in 134 countries comparing the approval ratings of U S leadership between the years 2016 and 2017 found that Trump led Obama in job approval in only 29, most of them non-democracies, with approval of U S leadership plummeting among allies and G7 countries.

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Donald John Trump was ranked last on background, integrity, intelligence, foreign policy accomplishments, and executive appointments, and second to last on ability to compromise, executive ability, and present overall view.

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Donald John Trump was ranked near the bottom in all categories except for luck, willingness to take risks, and party leadership.

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Donald John Trump frequently tweeted during the 2016 election campaign and as president, until his ban in the final days of his term.

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Donald John Trump often announced terminations of administration officials and cabinet members over Twitter.

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In May 2021, an advisory group to Facebook evaluated that site's indefinite ban of Donald John Trump and concluded that it had been justified at the time but should be re-evaluated in six months.

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Donald John Trump sought media attention throughout his career, sustaining a "love–hate" relationship with the press.

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In 2018, journalist Lesley Stahl recounted Donald John Trump's saying he intentionally demeaned and discredited the media "so when you write negative stories about me no one will believe you".

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Donald John Trump's administration moved to revoke the press passes of two White House reporters, which were restored by the courts.

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In early 2020, the Donald John Trump campaign sued The New York Times, The Washington Post, and CNN for defamation in opinion pieces about Russian election interference.

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Donald John Trump's falsehoods became a distinctive part of his political identity.

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Donald John Trump's falsehoods increased in frequency over time, rising from about 6 false or misleading claims per day in his first year as president to 16 per day in his second year, 22 per day in his third year, and 39 per day in his final year.

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Some of Donald John Trump's falsehoods were inconsequential, such as his claims of a large crowd size during his inauguration.

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In 2020, Donald John Trump was a significant source of disinformation on mail-in voting and misinformation on the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Donald John Trump has been accused of racism for insisting a group of black and Latino teenagers were guilty of raping a white woman in the 1989 Central Park jogger case, even after they were exonerated by DNA evidence in 2002.

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In July 2019, Donald John Trump tweeted that four Democratic congresswomen—all minorities, three of whom are native-born Americans—should "go back" to the countries they "came from".

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Donald John Trump continued to make similar remarks during his 2020 campaign.

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Donald John Trump has a history of insulting and belittling women when speaking to media and on social media.

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Research suggests Donald John Trump's rhetoric caused an increased incidence of hate crimes.

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Donald John Trump has been the subject of parody, comedy, and caricature on television, in movies, and in comics.

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Donald John Trump was named in hundreds of hip hop songs since the 1980s, mostly positive.

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