Af­ter a grand en­trance into the Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial race on June 16, 2015, Trump will now oc­cupy the White House

The Star (Kenya) - - Big Read / Donald Trump -

From his grand Trump Tower es­ca­la­tor en­trance into the Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial race on June 16, 2015, Don­ald Trump man­aged to be si­mul­ta­ne­ously charis­matic and com­bat­ive, elit­ist and pop­ulist, lewd and pi­ous as he drilled into a lode of po­lar­ity and anti-Washington anger among Amer­i­can vot­ers.


It was his first run for pub­lic of­fice and Trump, a real-es­tate de­vel­oper, re­al­ity tele­vi­sion star and self-con­fessed owner of a big ego, called it a move­ment, not a cam­paign. Some ini­tially saw his cam­paign as a van­ity pro­ject meant to in­dulge his ego and bur­nish his brand. Crit­ics la­beled him misog­y­nis­tic, ill-in­formed, un­couth, un­pres­i­den­tial, a racist, a hyp­ocrite, a dem­a­gogue and a sex­ual preda­tor, all ac­cu­sa­tions he de­nied.

His hired ad­vis­ers came to re­alise there was only so much they could do to rein in Trump. His in­ner cir­cle was dom­i­nated by his three old­est chil­dren - Don­ald Jr, Eric and Ivanka, along with Ivanka’s hus­band, Jared Kush­ner.


Trump was born to money on June 14, 1946, in the New York City bor­ough of Queens, the fourth of five chil­dren of Fred Trump, who would be­come one of the city’s big­gest de­vel­op­ers and land­lords, and his wife. It was Fred Trump who taught Don­ald the value of self-pro­mo­tion and a killer in­stinct.

By his own ad­mis­sion, Trump was not an easy child and in the eighth grade his par­ents sent him to the New York Mil­i­tary Academy in hopes of in­still­ing needed dis­ci­pline. Through stu­dent and med­i­cal de­fer­ments dur­ing the Viet­nam War, Trump would never serve in the US mil­i­tary but said the school gave him “more train­ing mil­i­tar­ily than a lot of the guys that go into the mil­i­tary.”

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from the Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia, Trump went to work for his father’s com­pany, which fo­cused on the outer New York City bor­oughs of Queens, Brook­lyn and Staten Is­land and owned an es­ti­mated 15,000 apart­ments. In 1973 the Trumps were charged with ra­cial bias in their rental prac­tices be­fore reach­ing a set­tle­ment with the U.S. gov­ern­ment. With a $1 mil­lion (Sh100mil­lion) loan from his father, Trump even­tu­ally went into busi­ness him­self in Man­hat­tan, where he be­came a reg­u­lar at some of the city’s most exclusive clubs and de­vel­oped a rep­u­ta­tion as a ladies’ man.


He soon made his mark with a se­ries of real es­tate and de­vel­op­ment deals, in­clud­ing re­do­ing an old ho­tel at New York’s Grand Cen­tral Ter­mi­nal. In 1983 he opened his flag­ship, 58-story Trump Tower, which serves as both his pri­mary res­i­dence and Trump Or­gan­i­sa­tion head­quar­ters.

More projects around the world would fol­low, in­clud­ing golf cour­ses, the Mar-a-Lago pri­vate re­sort in Florida, New York’s ven­er­a­ble Plaza Ho­tel and casi­nos.

Trump’s projects had mixed suc­cess. The flops in­cluded the real es­tate-ori­ented Trump Univer­sity, Trump Mort­gage, Trump Air­lines and Trump Vodka but it was his ex­pe­ri­ence with four casi­nos in At­lantic City, New Jersey, that took the golden lus­ter off his em­pire.

Ti­mothy O’Brien, au­thor of “TrumpNa­tion: The Art of Be­ing the Don­ald,” wrote that in the 1990s Trump was out of money and twice had to go to his sib­lings for loans. While he never filed for per­sonal bank­ruptcy, the down­turn in the gam­ing in­dus­try sent parts of Trump’s cor­po­rate em­pire to bank­ruptcy court in 1991, 1992, 2004 and 2009.


Trump pro­moted him­self as the ul­ti­mate suc­cess story. He dated beau­ti­ful women, mar­ried three of them, had his own tele­vi­sion show and erected sky­scrapers that bore his name in big gold let­ters. Ev­ery­thing in his life was the great­est, the hugest, the classi­est, the most suc­cess­ful, he said, even though crit­ics.

Now, come Jan­uary 2017, he will oc­cupy the White House as Com­man­der-in-Chief of the Free World with an es­ti­mated for­tune of $3.7 bil­lion (Sh300 bil­lion).

REUTERS/Carlo Al­le­gri

US pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump waves at his elec­tion night rally in Man­hat­tan, New York on Novem­ber 9.

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