176 Facts About President Donald Trump


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

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

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

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

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President Donald Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which cut taxes for individuals and businesses and rescinded the individual health insurance mandate penalty of the Affordable Care Act.

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

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

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

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

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President Donald 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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President Donald 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, President Donald 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, President Donald Trump acquired the Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida.

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

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

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

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

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President Donald 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, President Donald Trump purchased the New Jersey Generals, a team in the United States Football League.

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

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In 1989 and 1990, President Donald Trump lent his name to the Tour de President Donald 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, President Donald 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 President Donald 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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President Donald Trump failed to earn a profit with the airline and sold it to USAir.

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

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In 2007, President Donald 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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President Donald Trump's team announced in December 2016 that the foundation would be dissolved.

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

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

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

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

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President Donald 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, President Donald Trump was co-producer and host of reality shows The Apprentice and The Celebrity Apprentice.

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

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In 2000, 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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President Donald Trump adopted the phrase "truthful hyperbole", coined by his ghostwriter Tony Schwartz, to describe his public speaking style.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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In June 2018, the President Donald 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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President Donald 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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President Donald Trump said he is opposed to gun control in general, although his views have shifted over time.

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President Donald 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, President Donald 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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President Donald 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, President Donald 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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President Donald 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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President Donald Trump then walked to St John's Episcopal Church, where protesters had set a small fire the night before; he posed for photographs holding a Bible, with senior administration officials later joining him in photos.

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

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President Donald 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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President Donald 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 President Donald Trump administration caused significant bottlenecks in processing refugee applications, resulting in fewer refugees accepted compared to the allowed limits.

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

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President Donald 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, President Donald Trump refused to extend government funding unless Congress allocated $5.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Close personal aides to President Donald Trump including Bannon, Hope Hicks, John McEntee, and Keith Schiller quit or were forced out.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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President Donald 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 President Donald 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 President Donald 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 President Donald Trump campaign was launched in July 2016 during the campaign season.

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

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President Donald 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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President Donald 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 President Donald Trump, but did not make a "traditional prosecutorial judgment" on whether President Donald Trump broke the law, suggesting that Congress should make such a determination.

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Investigators decided they could not "apply an approach that could potentially result in a judgment that the President Donald Trump committed crimes" as an Office of Legal Counsel opinion stated that a sitting president could not be indicted, and investigators would not accuse him of a crime when he cannot clear his name in court.

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Several President Donald 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 President Donald Trump, who was identified as "Individual-1" in the court documents.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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When President Donald 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 President Donald 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, Trump continued to dominate his party; he has been compared to a modern-day party boss.

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President Donald 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, President Donald Trump announced the planned merger of TMTG with Digital World Acquisition, a special purpose acquisition company .

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President Donald 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 President Donald Trump's phone calls to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

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

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In Gallup's annual poll asking Americans to name the man they admire the most, President Donald 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, 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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President Donald 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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President Donald Trump was ranked near the bottom in all categories except for luck, willingness to take risks, and party leadership.

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President Donald 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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President Donald 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 President Donald Trump and concluded that it had been justified at the time but should be re-evaluated in six months.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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