Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is the 45th and current President of the United States, in office since January 20, 2017. Before entering politics, he was a businessman and television personality.
Trump was born in the New York City borough of Queens and earned an economics degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. A third generation businessman, Trump followed in the footsteps of his grandmother Elizabeth Christ Trump and father Fred Trump in running the family real estate company. He served as chairman and president of The Trump Organization from 1971 until January 2017. Upon his accession to the presidency, Trump delegated company management to his sons Donald Jr. and Eric. Trump's business career primarily focused on building or renovating office towers, hotels, casinos, and golf courses.
Trump also started several side ventures and branded various products with his name. He has written or co-written several books (most notably The Art of the Deal), and produced and hosted The Apprentice television series for 12 years. As of 2017, he was the 544th richest person in the world with an estimated net worth of $3.5 billion.
Trump won the general election on November 8, 2016, in a surprise victory against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. He became the oldest and wealthiest person ever to assume the presidency, the first without prior military or government service, and the fifth to have won the election despite losing the popular vote. His election and policies have sparked numerous protests.
In the first months of his presidency, Trump reversed several policies of former President Barack Obama: he withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris Climate Agreement, and undid parts of the Cuban Thaw. His attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare failed in Congress. He appointed Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Trump ordered a travel ban on citizens from six
Muslim-majority countries, citing security concerns; the ban was partially implemented after several legal challenges. After Trump dismissed FBI Director James Comey, the Justice Department appointed his predecessor Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate Russia's interference in the presidential election, potential links between Russia and Trump campaign associates, and any related matters.