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“If you’re going to be thinking, you may as well think big.” — Donald J. Trump

Love him or hate him; you cannot ignore him. 

Donald J. Trump was the 45th President of the United States. Affectionately known as “45” by his supporters, Trump is undoubtedly one of the most controversial and influential people of the twenty-first century. 

Here are some facts about the former President that may surprise you:

He comes from a large family

According to People, Donald John Trump, born on June 14, 1946, is the son of real estate magnate Fred Trump and Scottish immigrant Mary Anne MacLeod Trump. 

Fred Sr., born in New York City in 1905, began his successful career in construction while still in high school. He built low- and moderate-income housing in Brooklyn and Queens, amassing considerable wealth. Mary Anne was a traditional housewife who later engaged in philanthropy.

Donald Trump had four siblings: Maryanne, Elizabeth, Fred Jr., and Robert.

1. He has a large family of his own

Trump has been married three times and has five children from his marriages. His first wife was Ivana Trump, with whom he had three children: Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric. Ivana helped him build his real estate empire during their 15-year marriage. His second wife was Marla Maples, with whom he had a daughter named Tiffany. His third and current wife is Melania Trump, with whom he has a son named Barron.

  • Donald John Trump Jr., born in 1977, is an executive vice president at the Trump Organization, worked closely on his father’s political campaign, and is engaged to Kimberly Guilfoyle.
  • Ivanka Marie “Ivanka” Trump, born in 1981, is Donald’s second child. She had a successful modeling career, co-hosted a beauty pageant, and was a judge on “The Apprentice.” She served as a top White House adviser during her father’s presidency.
  • Eric Frederick Trump, born in 1984, is an executive vice president at the Trump Organization and, along with his brother Donald Jr., has been involved in his father’s business and political activities.
  • Tiffany Ariana Trump, born in 1993, graduated from Georgetown University Law Center and has made speeches at the Republican National Convention.
  • Barron William Trump, born in 2006, lived in the White House during his father’s presidency and now resides in Florida, attending a private school.

Donald also has several grandchildren:

  • Kai Madison Trump, Donald Jr. and Vanessa’s daughter.
  • Donald John Trump III, Donald Jr. and Vanessa’s son.
  • Arabella Rose Kushner, Ivanka and Jared Kushner’s daughter.
  • Tristan Milos Trump, Donald Jr. and Vanessa’s son.
  • Spencer Frederick Trump, Donald Jr. and Vanessa’s son.
  • Joseph Frederick Kushner, Ivanka and Jared Kushner’s son.
  • Chloe Sophia Trump, Donald Jr. and Vanessa’s daughter.
  • Theodore James Kushner, Ivanka and Jared Kushner’s son.
  • Eric Luke Trump, Eric and Lara Trump’s son.
  • Carolina Dorothy Trump, Eric and Lara Trump’s daughter.

These children and grandchildren have played various roles in Donald Trump’s life, from his business endeavors to his political activities.

He’s A “Short Sleeper”

According to his White House doctor, Ronny Jackson, Trump only sleeps for four to five hours per night. It’s a condition called short sleeping. For most people, this amount of sleep could have devastating consequences for their health, but short-sleepers have the ability to function with less-than-normal amounts of sleep without feeling tired, says Global News. 

2. He once fought Vince McMahon in WrestleMania XXIII.

Donald Trump’s involvement in the world of professional wrestling is well-known. In 2007, he made a memorable appearance as a guest at WrestleMania XXIII, a major event organized by WWE. 

Trump went against WWE’s CEO Vince McMahon in a match titled “The Battle of Billionaires.” The match took place in front of a massive crowd of 85,000 spectators. The contest lasted only twenty seconds before Trump managed to pin McMahon for the win. As part of the post-match spectacle, Trump shaved McMahon’s head.

3. He Doesn’t Drink Alcohol

Trump says he doesn’t drink alcohol because of his late brother “Freddy” who died at 42 from alcoholism.

“[Freddy] would tell me, ‘Don’t ever drink. Don’t ever drink,'” Trump said in an interview.

“I’ve never had a drink because of my brother,” he said.

4. He Donated His salary to the Federal Government

Trump was one of the few American presidents who chose not to collect a salary as President. Presidents are not legally allowed to decline their salary, but are allowed to donate it to other organizations, according to Forbes

Trump donated at least $1.4 million during his four years as President, sometimes dipping into his personal finances to round out the amount. 

5. He Established Space Force

By signing a $738 billion defense spending bill, Trump established The United States Space Force as the sixth branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. It marked the first new military service since the formation of the U.S. Air Force in 1947. 

Contrary to its name, Space Force’s primary role is safeguarding U.S. military assets in space rather than defending against extraterrestrial threats. The goal is to establish a unified chain of command responsible for space activities, addressing the challenges of fragmented responsibilities.

6. He brokered peace between Israel and Countries in the Middle East

Trump oversaw a series of historic agreements known as the Abraham Accords, named after Abraham, a figure revered in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.  Under his leadership, The United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco established diplomatic relations with Israel between August and December 2020 — a historic achievement heralding greater political, economic, and regional security integration in the Middle East.

Trump also fulfilled his campaign promises of moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and withdrawing from the Iran nuclear agreement.

7. He Fundraised Over 7 Million Dollars For His Campaign With His Mugshot

Trump has been indicted four times with charges ranging from mishandling of classified documents to election interference, but this has not diminished the former President’s popularity with the Republican base. 

At the time of writing this piece, a whopping 68% of GOP voters say they stand with President Trump. 

After his arraignment in Fulton County, Georgia, Trump raised over 7 million dollars in less than a week by using his mugshot as a merchandising tool. 

The man truly has the Midas Touch!

Trump has won the hearts of millions of voters around the country and has also generated a great deal of hate on the other side of the aisle. 

Which side will win out in 2024?

Only time will tell.

Rachel Emmanuel

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