Politics can be a confusing and loud place to be for most people. After all, it is (a lot of the time) a bunch of egos shouting over each other hoping to be heard by everyone. In a special US edition of ‘Mastering Politics’, though, we’re providing you with everything you need to know about Donald Trump.


Donald Trump was born in 1946 in New York City, where he was raised in the borough of Queens. Trump’s father worked for his mother’s real estate company Elizabeth Trump & Son (which was re-named The Trump Organization after Trump took charge in 1971). Mr Trump’s mother emigrated to the UK from her home of Scotland aged 18 and worked as a maid.

Mr Trump attended the New York Military Academy aged 13, a private boarding school, before achieving a real estate degree from the University of Pennsylvania. During his studies, he obtained four student deferments to exempt him from serving in the Vietnam Warm before acquiring a doctor’s note in 1966 deeming him unfit for military service.

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Political beginnings

It is fair to say that Donald Trump does not have the conventional background of a President, having never served in any public office before his inauguration in January 2017.

Mr Trump came into the public eye by co-authoring books such as The Art of the Deal, sponsoring and owning the Miss Universe and Miss USA beauty pageants from 1996 to 2015 and hosting and producing the American version of The Apprentice.

In 2015, Trump entered the 2016 presidential race standing for the Republican Party. During his unprecedented campaign, he made many false and controversial claims about America and the world, but won the Electoral College vote, beating Hillary Clinton in the race to the White House.

As President

As President of the United States, Donald Trump has had a lot of controversy, including having a federal shutdown due to not passing a Congress budget on time, disallowing transgender people from entering the US military, and wishing to build a border wall between the US and Mexico to prevent illegal immigration.

His foreign policy has become heavily scrutinised and achieved international attention. Policies include:

— Leaving the Paris Climate Agreement

— Leaving the Iran nuclear deal

— Holding talks with North Korea

— Bombing Syria