Timeline of Donald Trump, 45th president of the USA. From businessman to president. Overview of his achievements and struggles both in his career and in politics.
3 August 1959
Trump Attends New York Military Academy
Donald Trump attended the New York Military Academy in 1959.
1 August 1966
Wharton School of Finance Years
Before attending the Wharton School of Finance, Donald Trump attended Fordham University. He then transferred to the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. While studying at the University of Pennsylvania, Donald Trump started to invest in real estate.
1 January 1970
Real Estate Investment with His Father
After graduating from Wharton School of Finance, Trump began working with his father on apartment complexes. The areas that they did most of their development was Brooklyn and Queens.
1 January 1976
The Hyatt Corporation Deal
In 1976, Donald Trump and his father made a historic partnership with the Hyatt Corporation. This deal included the purchase of an aging Manhattan property called the Commodore Hotel. The property undergoes a serious makeover and is then reopened four years later as the Grand Hyatt Hotel. It was this project that launched Trump’s career as a Manhattan developer.
1 November 1987
Trump Releases His First Book
In 1987, Donald Trump published his first book, Trump: The Art of the Deal. This book became a best seller. Trump made a commitment to donate a portion of the profits from the book to charities. To do this, he established the Donald J. Trump Foundation.
1 January 1990
Trump Faces $1 Billion Debt
Trump faced a serious personal debt of $1 billion in 1990. He was able to avoid filing for personal bankruptcy by making an agreement with bankers.
7 October 1999
Donald Trump Plans to Challenge Pat Buchanan
Donald J. Trump shared with Larry King of CNN that he had plans to form a presidential exploratory committee. In forming this committee, Trump had intentions of challenging Pat Buchanan for the Reform Party nomination.
14 February 2000
Trump Abandons Bid for Presidency
Trump announced that he would no longer be vying for the presidency of the United States of America. He shared that he abandoned his bid because of the abundance of discord within the Reform party.
23 May 2005
The Birth of Trump University
Trump established Trump University in 2005. The institution was designed to offer seminars in real estate investment. The university is later closed amid lawsuits from students and the New York attorney general.
17 March 2011
Trump Questions Obama’s Place of Birth
Donald Trump first publicly voiced his doubts about Barack Obama being born in the United States of America on ABC’s “Good Morning America” during an interview.
16 June 2015
Trump Announces Presidential Campaign
During a speech at the Trump Tower, Donald Trump announced that he will be running for president. In his speech, he shared that he will be boosting the economy by introducing strategic policies. He also shared that he had plans to get more stringent with immigration. He made comments about Mexicans that later attracted much criticism.
28 June 2015
Trump Leaves ‘The Apprentice’
On June 28, 2015, Donald Trump shared that he will be leaving the show, ‘The Apprentice’ to pursue the office of the president of the United States of America.
29 June 2015
NBC Cuts Ties with Trump Over Immigration Remarks
NBCUniversal decided to discontinue its business relationship with Donald Trump. This was a response to Trump’s controversial remarks about immigration. NBC also decided to seize from airing the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants because of the controversial comments made by Donald Trump.
22 July 2015
Trump’s Financial Disclosure
On this day, Trump’s financial disclosure report was released into the public domain by the Federal Election Commission.
11 September 2015
Trump Purchases NBC’s Shares in the Miss Universe Organization
Following the response of NBC to discontinue airing and supporting Miss USA and Miss Universe, Donald Trump bought out NBC’s half of the Miss Universe Organization. The organization was responsible for organizing the annual Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants.
26 May 2016
Trump Clinches Republican Party Nomination
An announcement was made on May 26, 2016, to declare that Donald John Trump had secured enough delegates to secure the Republican Party nomination.
16 July 2016
Trump Selects Mike Pence as Running Mate
On July 16, 2016, Donald Trump announced that Indiana Governor Mike Pence has been selected as his running mate.
7 October 2016
Access Hollywood Tape Controversy
Unreleased footage from 2005 of Trump talking about trying to have sexual relationships with married women and groping women surfaced. The footage was obtained by the Washington Post. Trump is heard off-camera saying very vulgar things about women during a taping of ‘Access Hollywood’. Trump later apologized for his comments and behavior.
8 November 2016
Trump Becomes President
On November 8, 2016, Donald John Trump became the 45th president of the United States of America. Trump also became the first president who has never held an elected office, a top government post or a qualified military rank.
20 January 2017
Trump Participates in Inauguration Ceremony
On January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump took the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts. This was done during an inauguration ceremony at the Capitol. Donald Trump, as president of the United States of America, went on to give a speech on the themes that served as the foundation of his candidacy.
19 December 2018
Trump-led U.S. Defeats ISIS
An announcement was made on December 19, 2018, that the United States of America had defeated ISIS. The Trump administration then ordered a complete withdrawal of the US military from Syria.
30 June 2019
Trump Becomes the First President to Enter North Korea
Trump became the first President of the United States to enter North Korea on June 30, 2019. He took 20 steps beyond the border to shake hands with the leader of the Hermit Kingdom, Kim.
18 December 2019
House of Representatives Votes to Impeach Trump
The House of Representatives decided to impeach Donald J. Trump. They charged the president with high crimes and misdemeanors. This was the third time in history that the House of Representatives has made such a decision against a president.
5 February 2020
Senate Acquits Trump
The Senate voted to acquit Donald Trump on two articles of impeachment.
19 July 2020
Trump Becomes Republican Party Nominee
Trump was announced as the official Republican Party nominee on July 19, 2016.
24 August 2020
Trump Nominationed for 2020 Presidential Election
The Republican Party nominated Donald Trump for the 2020 presidential candidacy. Donald Trump accepted the nomination. The race between Donald Trump and Joe Biden has started.