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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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Trump scraps the Iran nuclear deal. Now what?

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Kelly thinks he's saving U.S. from disaster, calls Trump 'idiot,' say White House staffers

Border fills to capacity as caravan of migrants arrives, officials say Border fills to capacity as caravan of migrants arrives, officials say Border fills to capacity as caravan of migrants arrives, officials say Border fills to capacity as caravan of migrants arrives, officials say

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Trump says U.S. to 'let your guest workers come in' in appeal to farmers Trump says U.S. to 'let your guest workers come in' in appeal to farmers Trump says U.S. to 'let your guest workers come in' in appeal to farmers Trump says U.S. to 'let your guest workers come in' in appeal to farmers

Trump says U.S. to 'let your guest workers come in' in appeal to farmers

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Trump cheered at Michigan rally, roasted in absence at correspondents' dinner

Trump warns immigrant caravan approaching U.S. border of prosecution, deportation Trump warns immigrant caravan approaching U.S. border of prosecution, deportation Trump warns immigrant caravan approaching U.S. border of prosecution, deportation Trump warns immigrant caravan approaching U.S. border of prosecution, deportation

Trump warns immigrant caravan approaching U.S. border of prosecution, deportation

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Demographic shifts show 2020 presidential race could be close

Were any portions of the Comey memos classified? Were any portions of the Comey memos classified? Were any portions of the Comey memos classified? Were any portions of the Comey memos classified?

Were any portions of the Comey memos classified?

Pompeo has been sending messages to Kim Jong Un for longer than you think Pompeo has been sending messages to Kim Jong Un for longer than you think Pompeo has been sending messages to Kim Jong Un for longer than you think Pompeo has been sending messages to Kim Jong Un for longer than you think

Pompeo has been sending messages to Kim Jong Un for longer than you think

Trump attacks ex-FBI director Comey in early morning tweetstorm

Paul Ryan: Not 'necessary' to bring up bill to protect Mueller

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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