January 20, 2017 marked one of the most notable and memorable days in United States political history. Donald John Trump, successful businessman, television personality and now 45th United States President, took the oath of office. Trump, at 70 years old, is a very successful business tycoon who has traveled far and wide, learning the ups and downs of running a prosperous business. Many people believe Trump to be a narcissist, only vouching for the upper class and obsessed with money. On the other hand, some people believe he worked his way up from the bottom and knows how to ‘Make America Great Again’. Here lies the real controversy: do many people see him fit to be President?
Donald J. Trump was born on June 14, 1946 in Queens, New York. Donald’s father, Frederick Trump, was a real estate developer in Queens, Staten Island, and Brooklyn. After college, he worked alongside his father at his father’s company, Elizabeth Trump and Son. He managed to find small loans and started his own company, learning from the experience he gained working with his father. Throughout the years, Trump built and opened the Grand Hyatt Hotel, in 1980. Two years later, he opened the Trump Towers, which gained him national recognition. Along his career road, some tough business decisions caused his company to declare bankruptcy. His persistence and perseverance enabled him to strive towards regaining his financial stability.
Trump unexpectedly announced that he would be running for President of the United States on June 16, 2015. Many people believed that it was all a joke and merely a publicity stunt. However, these people were proven wrong. He started gaining more support and attention and flew through the primaries. His ideas grabbed the attention and support of many Americans. He accepted the Republican nomination for President-Elect. His Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, was a tough opponent to beat. The 2016 election has probably been the most famous presidential election in history because of the mudslinging that went on between the two candidates. According to donaldjtrump.com and Trump himself, his main goals were “to put America first, to save the American economy, and to make America once again a shining city on the hill.” Many people could not believe that Trump had any business running the country because he had no political experience. Hillary Clinton had a long running political career and experience, but Trump and his supporters claimed that the only experience she had was bad experience. She had lied, deleted emails, which has supposedly compromised our national security and Trump believes that she should not be running the country. Trump began to exceed the predictions made by many, and won the Presidential Election of 2016.
His inauguration proved to be very effective and positive. He talked about bringing power back to the American people, providing more jobs to stabilize the economy, building up the military again, and defending our own country before defending others. He brought up one of his most controversial topics as well—building the wall near Mexico. He explained how he is tired of illegal citizens coming to America and “making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.” He wants the country to be filled with American jobs, hard working Americans, and fortune for all legal Americans. He wants to deport illegal citizens but wants to respect and protect the rights of all legal Americans. So many people believe he is against many races, but Trump has promised to protect and defend the LGBTQ community, the Muslim community, black and Hispanic communities, and every other ethnicity and community in the world. Most of the American people have decided to give Donald Trump a chance and see if he can make his campaign promises come true for the United States of America.
By JoAnna Palumbo’19, Staff Writer