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Portrait, Donald John Trump (Official White House photo by Shealah Craighead)Donald John Trump

45th President of the United States
(January 20, 2017 to January 20, 2021)

Nicknames: None listed.

Born: June 14, 1946, in New York

Father: Frederick Christ Trump, Sr.
Mother: Mary Anne MacLeod Trump
Married: Ivana Zelníčková (1949 ), on April 7, 1977 (divorced in 1992); Marla Maples (1963 ), on December 20, 1993 (divorced in 1999); Melania Trump (1970 ), on January 22, 2005
Children: Donald John Trump Jr. (1977 ); Ivana Marie “Ivanka” Trump (1981 ); Eric Frederick Trump (1984 );
Tiffany Ariana Trump (1993 );
Barron William Trump (2006 )

Religion: Identifies as “non-denominational Christian,” although raised Presbyterian
Education: Graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, with a B.S. in economics
Occupation: Businessman and Television Personality

Political Party: Republican
Other Government Positions: None

Presidential Salary: $400,000/year + $50,000 expense account

The 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump, was elected to the office without any prior public or military experience. His nomination by the Republican party surprised some, but it also testified to the frustration of conservatives with previous performances of the other Republican candidates.

Trump’s campaign and tenure in office were marked by strong nationalist, anti-immigrant, and protectionist sentiments enshrined in “America-first” policy decisions such as the withdrawal from the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) negotiations, the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), and the Paris Climate Agreement; a ban on travelers from 7 Muslim-majority countries; greater powers to ICE (Immigrations and Customs Enforcement); a trade war with China; and the building of a wall along the length of the US-Mexico border. 

Deriving significant support from white working class voters, the Trump administration’s policy consistently reflected populism and conservatism. Tax rates were slashed; infrastructure for fossil fuels was facilitated; the Affordable Care Act, laws against LGBTQ discrimination, and federal regulations in several areas were repealed. Trump also presided over the longest government shutdown in US history, as well as some of the largest and most fervent protests in recent history regarding race, police violence, gender, and the environment.

Controversy dogged both the presidential campaign and Trump’s term in office, examples of which include the allegations of and investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections; the nominations and confirmations of US Supreme Court justices Brett Cavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett; the non-disclosure of Trump’s tax forms; and accusations of abuse of office and nepotism when he appointed his daughter and son-in law, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, to key positions in his administration. 

The end of Trump’s presidential term was marked by a much criticized handling of the Covid-19 pandemic and the January 6th storming of the Capitol by his supporters in rejection of the results of the 2020 elections. The latter earned him a second impeachment days before his predecessor, tiny U.S. flag Joe Biden’s inauguration, making him the first president to be impeached twice.

Presidential Election Results:
YearPopular VotesElectoral Votes
2017Donald Trump62,985,153304
Hillary Clinton65,853,677227

Vice President: Mike Pence  (2017-2021)


Secretary of State
Mike Pompeo (20182021 )
Secretary of the Treasury
Steven T. Mnuchin (20172021 )
Secretary of Defense
James N. Mattis (20172018)
Mark T. Esper (20192020)
Attorney General
Jeff Sessions  (20172018)
William Barr  (20192020)
Secretary of the Interior
David Bernhardt (20192021)
Ryan Zinke (20172019)
Secretary of Agriculture
Sonny Perdue (20172021)
Secretary of Commerce
Wilbur Ross (20172021) [At the age of 79, the oldest first-time US cabinet appointee]
Secretary of Labor
Alexander Acosta (20172019)
Eugene Scalia (20192021)
Secretary of Health and Human Services
Tom Price (2017)
Alex Azar (20182021)
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Benjamin S. Carson, Sr. (20172021)
Secretary of Transportation
Elaine L. Chao (20172021)
Secretary of Energy
Rick Perry (20172019)
Dan Brouillette (20192021)
Secretary of Education
Betsy DeVos (20172021)
Secretary of Veterans Affairs
David Shulkin (20172018)
Robert Wilkie (20182021 )
Secretary of Homeland Security
John F. Kelly (2017)
Kirstjen Nielsen (20172019)

Supreme Court Appointments:

Associate Justice
Neil Gorsuch (2017 )
Brett Kavanaugh (2018 )
Amy Coney Barrett (2020)

Notable Events:

In the News After the White House:

Below is more news about Donald Trump after his term as the president of the United States.

  • Breaking with tradition, ex-President Donald Trump refused to attend the inauguration of successor Joe Biden.
  • The, now former, president was acquitted a second time by the Senate at the impeachment trial.
  • Donald Trump held his first rally since leaving office in July 2021.
  • The US House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack conducted several proceedings throughout 2022. In December of that year, it concluded that former President Trump was responsible for inciting the Capitol riots.
  • In August 2022, the FBI searched Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property and found classified state documents. This allegedly put the former president in violation of the Presidential Records Act. In June 2023, he was indicted for 37 federal felony counts of mishandling classified documents; he pled not guilty.
  • Donald Trump announced his campaign for the 2024 presidential elections on November 15, 2022.

Internet Biographies:

Donald Trump — from White House
Compiled by the White House.
Donald Trump — from American Presidents: Life Portraits-C-SPAN
Biographical information, trivia, key events, video, and other reference materials. Website created to accompany C-SPAN’s 20th Anniversary Television Series, American Presidents: Life Portraits.
Donald Trump — from U.S. Presidents
From the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, in addition to information on the Presidents themselves, they have first lady and cabinet member biographies, listings of presidential staff and advisers, and timelines detailing significant events in the lives of each administration.

Historical Documents:

Donald Trump’s full acceptance Republican nomination speech
President Trump’s election night victory speech (2016)
First Inaugural Address (2016)
Donald Trump’s Remarks on the rioters stormed the US Capitol (2021)

Media Resources:

Inaugural Address from C-SPAN

Other Internet Resources:

Newspaper Front Pages from November 9, 2016 from The Atlantic
Images of newspaper and magazine front pages from around the world on the day after Trump’s historic victory in the 2016 Presidential election.
Donald Trump’s Twitter 2015-2021 from The American Presidency Project

Points of Interest:

  • Trump was the first President who came into office with no prior government or military experience.
  • The Trump administration has set a record in staff turnover.
  • President Trump was the third US President to be impeached (in July 2019) and the second to be impeached in his first term; he was acquitted both times.
  • Trump has been the first President to be divorced twice and married thrice.
  • No war has been started during the Trump administration; this is a first since the Reagan presidency (1980-1988).


  • When did Trump become president?

Donald Trump became president of the United States on January 20, 2017. He was elected to the position in November 2016 after beating Democratic rival Hilary Clinton.

  • Is Trump Republican?

Yes, Donald Trump is currently a Republican. He won the 2016 presidential election while running the Republican ticket and is also campaigning in the party’s primaries for 2024. However, the former president has a history as a Democrat: For a majority of the early 2000s, he had registered as a Democrat, according to New York City voter records.

  • Where did Donald Trump complete his education?

Donald Trump completed his education at the higher education institutes Fordham University and the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce. He received a BA in economics from the latter institute in 1968.

  • What is Donald Trump’s net worth?

As of 2023, Forbes reported that former President Donald Trump’s net worth came up to approximately $2.5 billion USD. A large chunk of this wealth comes from his real estate holdings and investments in the Trump Media & Technology Group.

  • Why was Donald Trump impeached twice?

Trump was first impeached in December 2019. The charges were abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. It resulted when whistleblowers revealed that the president had pressured Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate dealings of tiny U.S. flag Joe and Hunter Biden while the latter had been a board member of Burisma Holdings, a natural gas producer in Ukraine, and the former had been the US vice president. Trump reportedly threatened to withdraw military aid until a public announcement of the investigations would be made. And given that tiny U.S. flag Joe Biden was a strong potential rival in the 2020 elections, the House viewed the matter as an abuse of office for personal gain. However, the Senate acquitted him.

The second impeachment came in January 2021, after the hotly contested presidential elections in 2020. Following the announcement of the election results, Trump had refused to concede to tiny U.S. flag Biden, claiming election fraud. During a rally on  January 6, the day Congress would certify the results, Trump called for supporters to march to the Capitol. A few hours later, rioters stormed the Capitol, attempting to stop the certification. On the basis of the speech he delivered on the day, the House of Representatives impeached Trump a second time on the charge of incitement of insurrection. The Senate blocked an advancement of the trial, waiting until after he had left office. Even then, it acquitted him.

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