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Donald Trump has been a fixture of American culture for decades. As a real estate mogul, Trump has made his mark -- literally -- on cities across the country, branding hotels, casinos, resorts and even airlines with the "Trump" name. His 1987 best-selling book, "The Art of the Deal" helped Trump become a celebrity, a status that was cemented with his reality television series, "The Apprentice."

Trump had flirted with running for president many times and in 2000, he briefly ran for the Reform Party nomination. Few took him seriously in 2015 when he began talking about running for the Republican Party nomination until he actually announced and began seriously campaigning.

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In a much-criticized announcement speech, Trump made illegal immigration his top cause, calling Mexicans crossing the southern border into the United States criminals and rapists. Trump's rallies attracted large crowds and the businessman began rising in the polls, eventually rising to the top of the GOP field in early primary states and nationally.

When his rhetoric escalated, so did his poll numbers. Trump has criticized his fellow Republicans, often in personal ways. He has criticized Washington leaders of both parties for being ineffective in halting illegal immigration and making international trade deals and has made a rallying cry of his campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again."

Historic level turnouts have helped Trump solidify a first place lead so far in the primary contest. The billionaire has won 10 states and is expected to win more on his path to the nomination.

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Senators warn Trump admin not to bypass Congress again on arms sales Senators warn Trump admin not to bypass Congress again on arms sales Senators warn Trump admin not to bypass Congress again on arms sales Senators warn Trump admin not to bypass Congress again on arms sales

Senators warn Trump admin not to bypass Congress again on arms sales

New study shows Russian propaganda may really have helped Trump New study shows Russian propaganda may really have helped Trump New study shows Russian propaganda may really have helped Trump New study shows Russian propaganda may really have helped Trump

New study shows Russian propaganda may really have helped Trump

Trump says U.S. will hold off on new China tariffs as trade talks restart Trump says U.S. will hold off on new China tariffs as trade talks restart Trump says U.S. will hold off on new China tariffs as trade talks restart Trump says U.S. will hold off on new China tariffs as trade talks restart

Trump says U.S. will hold off on new China tariffs as trade talks restart

Obama, others warned Trump that pulling out of Iran nuke deal could lead to war Obama, others warned Trump that pulling out of Iran nuke deal could lead to war Obama, others warned Trump that pulling out of Iran nuke deal could lead to war Obama, others warned Trump that pulling out of Iran nuke deal could lead to war

Obama, others warned Trump that pulling out of Iran nuke deal could lead to war

If the U.S. strikes Iran, what might happen next? If the U.S. strikes Iran, what might happen next? If the U.S. strikes Iran, what might happen next? If the U.S. strikes Iran, what might happen next?

If the U.S. strikes Iran, what might happen next?

Trump may be having second thoughts about Shanahan as defense secretary Trump may be having second thoughts about Shanahan as defense secretary Trump may be having second thoughts about Shanahan as defense secretary Trump may be having second thoughts about Shanahan as defense secretary

Trump may be having second thoughts about Shanahan as defense secretary

Top DHS watchdog retires early after criticism of his FEMA reports Top DHS watchdog retires early after criticism of his FEMA reports Top DHS watchdog retires early after criticism of his FEMA reports Top DHS watchdog retires early after criticism of his FEMA reports

Top DHS watchdog retires early after criticism of his FEMA reports

Trump creates diplomatic headache for U.K. even before state visit

Trump to nominate Shanahan as defense secretary, despite reservations Trump to nominate Shanahan as defense secretary, despite reservations Trump to nominate Shanahan as defense secretary, despite reservations Trump to nominate Shanahan as defense secretary, despite reservations

Trump to nominate Shanahan as defense secretary, despite reservations

Barr and Mueller, longtime friends, have different views of the Russia investigation Barr and Mueller, longtime friends, have different views of the Russia investigation Barr and Mueller, longtime friends, have different views of the Russia investigation Barr and Mueller, longtime friends, have different views of the Russia investigation

Barr and Mueller, longtime friends, have different views of the Russia investigation

Report clears acting defense secretary of pushing Boeing fighter jets on Air Force, Marines Report clears acting defense secretary of pushing Boeing fighter jets on Air Force, Marines Report clears acting defense secretary of pushing Boeing fighter jets on Air Force, Marines Report clears acting defense secretary of pushing Boeing fighter jets on Air Force, Marines

Report clears acting defense secretary of pushing Boeing fighter jets on Air Force, Marines

Mueller report shows Trump campaign left itself wide open to Russians, officials say Mueller report shows Trump campaign left itself wide open to Russians, officials say Mueller report shows Trump campaign left itself wide open to Russians, officials say Mueller report shows Trump campaign left itself wide open to Russians, officials say

Mueller report shows Trump campaign left itself wide open to Russians, officials say

The counterintelligence investigation of the Trump team and Russia hasn't stopped The counterintelligence investigation of the Trump team and Russia hasn't stopped The counterintelligence investigation of the Trump team and Russia hasn't stopped The counterintelligence investigation of the Trump team and Russia hasn't stopped

The counterintelligence investigation of the Trump team and Russia hasn't stopped

The acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement is leaving The acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement is leaving The acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement is leaving The acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement is leaving

The acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement is leaving

Attorney General Barr seems to embrace Republican talking points on Mueller Russia probe Attorney General Barr seems to embrace Republican talking points on Mueller Russia probe Attorney General Barr seems to embrace Republican talking points on Mueller Russia probe Attorney General Barr seems to embrace Republican talking points on Mueller Russia probe

Attorney General Barr seems to embrace Republican talking points on Mueller Russia probe

Kim showered Trump with flattery in letter before Hanoi summit Kim showered Trump with flattery in letter before Hanoi summit Kim showered Trump with flattery in letter before Hanoi summit Kim showered Trump with flattery in letter before Hanoi summit

Kim showered Trump with flattery in letter before Hanoi summit

Factory workers at GM see layoffs, not benefits, after tax cuts Factory workers at GM see layoffs, not benefits, after tax cuts Factory workers at GM see layoffs, not benefits, after tax cuts Factory workers at GM see layoffs, not benefits, after tax cuts

Factory workers at GM see layoffs, not benefits, after tax cuts

Former DEA official now working for OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma Former DEA official now working for OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma Former DEA official now working for OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma Former DEA official now working for OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma

Former DEA official now working for OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma

Schiff: Real question is if Trump is under the influence of a foreign power Schiff: Real question is if Trump is under the influence of a foreign power Schiff: Real question is if Trump is under the influence of a foreign power Schiff: Real question is if Trump is under the influence of a foreign power

Schiff: Real question is if Trump is under the influence of a foreign power

Career History

Chairman and President, The Trump Organization

1971-Present

Chairman of Trump Plaza Associates, LLC

1982-2009

Chairman of the Board of Directors, Trump Entertainment Resorts, Inc.

1995-2009

Host, "The Apprentice"

2003-2015

Owner, Miss America and Miss Universe

1996-Present

Author, "The Art of the Deal"

1987

Did You Know?

In 2007, Trump received the 2,237th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his role as producer of "The Apprentice."

Personal and Family

Date of birth

June 14, 1946

Place of birth

Queens, New York

Spouse

Melania Trump

Children

Donald Jr., Ivanka, Eric, Tiffany and Barron

Education

Fordham University, 1965-1966 (transferred); University of Pennsylvania, B.S., 1968

Religion

Presbyterian

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