197 Facts About President Trump


Donald John Trump was born on June 14,1946 and is an American politician, media personality, and businessman who served as the 45th president of the United States from 2017 to 2021.

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

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President 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 Trump became the first US president with no prior military or government service.

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President 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 Trump ordered a travel ban on citizens from several Muslim-majority countries, diverted military funding towards building a wall on the US –Mexico border, and implemented a policy of family separations for apprehended migrants.

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President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 which cut taxes for individuals and businesses and rescinded the individual health insurance mandate penalty of the Affordable Care Act.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 Trump appointed 54 federal appellate judges and three United States Supreme Court justices.

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

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

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President 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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On January 6,2021, President Trump urged his supporters to march to the Capitol, which many of them then attacked, resulting in multiple deaths and interrupting the electoral vote count.

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

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

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

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

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

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In 1984, President Trump opened Harrah's at President 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 Trump bought a third Atlantic City venue in 1988, the President Trump Taj Mahal.

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

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President Trump visited a President Trump Organization property on 428 of the 1,461 days of his presidency and is estimated to have played 261 rounds of golf, one every 5.

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

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

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

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

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

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In 2004, President Trump co-founded President Trump University, a company that sold real estate training courses priced from $1,500 to $35,000.

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

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President 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 Trump, who enlisted Stone's services to deal with the federal government.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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President Trump was slow to disavow an endorsement from David Duke after he was questioned about it during a CNN interview on February 28,2016.

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

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

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On November 8,2016, President Trump received 306 pledged electoral votes versus 232 for Clinton.

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

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

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President Trump was sued for violating the Domestic and Foreign Emoluments Clauses of the US Constitution, marking the first time that the clauses had been substantively litigated.

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President 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 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, President Trump announced the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Agreement, making the US the only nation in the world to not ratify the agreement.

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

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On January 30,2017, President Trump signed Executive Order 13771, which directed that for every new regulation administrative agencies issue "at least two prior regulations be identified for elimination".

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

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

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

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

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

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

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President 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 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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From 2018 onward, President Trump deployed nearly 6,000 troops to the US –Mexico border, to stop most Central American migrants from seeking US asylum, and from 2020 used the public charge rule to restrict immigrants using government benefits from getting permanent residency via green cards.

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President Trump has reduced the number of refugees admitted into the US to record lows.

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When President Trump took office, the annual limit was 110,000; President Trump set a limit of 18,000 in the 2020 fiscal year and 15,000 in the 2021 fiscal year.

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

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

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On January 27,2017, President Trump signed Executive Order 13769, which suspended admission of refugees for 120 days and denied entry to citizens of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen for 90 days, citing security concerns.

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President 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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On June 26,2018, a federal judge concluded that the President Trump administration had "no system in place to keep track of" the separated children, nor any effective measures for family communication and reunification; the judge ordered for the families to be reunited, and family separations stopped, except where the parent are judged unfit to take care of the child, or if there is parental approval.

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

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

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

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

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President 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 Trump withdrew the US 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 US While Trump said that import tariffs are paid by China into the US Treasury, they are paid by American companies that import goods from China.

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

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In February 2020, the President Trump administration signed a conditional peace agreement with the Taliban, which called for the withdrawal of foreign troops in 14 months "contingent on a guarantee from the Taliban that Afghan soil will not be used by terrorists with aims to attack the United States or its allies" and for the US to seek the release of 5,000 Taliban imprisoned by the Afghan government.

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President 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 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 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, US 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, President Trump withdrew the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the 2015 agreement between Iran, the US, 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, President Trump ordered a US 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 Trump publicly threatened to attack Iranian cultural sites, or react "in a disproportionate manner" if Iran retaliated.

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President 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 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 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 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 Trump administration "water[ed] down the toughest penalties the US had imposed on Russian entities" after its 2014 annexation of Crimea.

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President Trump withdrew the US from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, citing alleged Russian non-compliance, and supported a potential return of Russia to the G7.

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

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

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

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

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

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President 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 President Trump publicly asserted that the outbreak in the US was less deadly than influenza, was "very much under control", and would soon be over.

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

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President 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 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 Trump established the White House Coronavirus Task Force on January 29,2020.

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

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

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

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

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

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President 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 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 Trump was directly involved in the payment to Daniels, based on calls he had with Cohen in October 2016.

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President Trump told Kislyak and Sergei Lavrov in May 2017 he was unconcerned about Russian interference in US elections.

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

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

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President 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 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 Trump, but did not make a "traditional prosecutorial judgment" on whether President 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 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 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 Trump, who was identified as "Individual-1" in the court documents.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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When President 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 Trump, including the use of nuclear weapons, and he instructed Haspel and NSA director Paul Nakasone to monitor developments closely.

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President Trump resumed his campaign-style rallies with an 85-minute speech at the annual North Carolina Republican Party convention on June 6,2021.

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

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President Trump is the subject of several probes into his business dealings and his actions both 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 Trump's phone calls to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

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When President 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 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 US leadership between the years 2016 and 2017 found that President Trump led Obama in job approval in only 29, most of them non-democracies, with approval of US leadership plummeting among allies and G7 countries.

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

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President 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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Over twelve years, President Trump posted around 57,000 tweets, often using Twitter as a direct means of communication with the public and sidelining the press.

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

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

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President Trump reached 10,000 false or misleading claims 27 months into his term; 20,000 false or misleading claims 14 months later, and 30,000 false or misleading claims five months later.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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