A New York native, Donald J. Trump graduated from the Wharton School of Finance in 1968. Trump was a household name, famous for his businesses, wealth, and eventually, his hit television franchise The Apprentice. “Your fired,” became the entertainer’s catchphrase while the show aired beginning in 2003.
From 1996 until 2015, he was also an owner in the Miss Universe, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA beauty pageants. In 2012, Trump considered running against President Barack Obama, making his first political appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Though, in May, he decided not to run. In October 2013, New York Republicans suggested that Trump run for governor in against Andrew Cuomo. Trump decided that while New York had problems and its taxes were too high, he was not interested in the governorship.
Before the 2016 election, The New York Times speculated that Trump would enter the political world after Obama parodied him at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.
In June of 2015, Trump announced his candidacy, promising to “Make America Great Again.” Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz were among the Republican candidates he beat out in the Republican primaries – defying the polling expectations. As the Republican Presidential Candidate, he chose Mike Pence as his running mate.
Then, in the general election, Trump beat Hillary Clinton to take the presidency. Donald Trump became the oldest first-term U.S. president and the first without prior military or government service.