Donald Trump has been a prominent figure in the political arena from nearly four decades. Since he became president (and was sworn into office), many people have come to know him as the “most unpopular president of all time.” Despite such labels, however, Mr. Trump has amassed his fair share of achievements both before and after becoming president. Here are some Donald Trump facts that you may not know about this controversial figure.
1. Donald Trump only sleeps four hours a night
Donald Trump has a routine much like many business executives, except he gets his work done earlier. He prefers to wake up earlier than most people, usually between 5 and 6 am. And he goes to sleep later than most people as well, usually around 11 pm or so. But there is one thing that separates Trump from other executives: he doesn’t tend to sleep for long periods of time.
2. Donald Trump fought Vince McMahon in WrestleMania 23
Donald Trump has had a long history with the world of professional wrestling. In 2007, Donald Trump appeared as a guest in WWE’s WrestleMania 23. Donald fought WWE’s CEO Vince McMahon in front of 85,000 people in a bout called “The Battle of Billionaires.” The match lasted for only twenty seconds before Vince was pinned by Trump. Donald then shaved Vince’s head and held it high above his own head to celebrate his victory.
3. Melania Trump is the second first lady that was born outside the United States
Melania Trump was born Melanija Knavs in Sevnica, Slovenia, former Yugoslavia on April 26, 1970. Meliania Trump has three siblings, Ines, Ivanka and Eric. Her father over the years operated a chain of auto parts stores in Slovenia. Before she arrived in the US, she worked as a fashion model for agencies in Milan and Paris.
4. Donald Trump opend three hotel-casinos from 1984 to 1990
In 1984, Donald Trump opened the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. With its high-profile location and easy access to New York City and Philadelphia, Trump Plaza became a favorite of high rollers from nearby states who could quickly get there by bus or airplane. The casino was soon followed by two more: Trump Castle (1985) and the largest luxury hotel ever built in Atlantic City at that time, Trump Taj Mahal (1990).
5. Donald Trump used to own the Miss Universe and Miss Teen USA pageants
Miss Universe is the world’s largest beauty pageant. The annual competition is one of the most popular events in the world and is viewed by more than half a billion people globally. In 2015, Donald J. Trump purchased the organization from WME/IMG who had bought it from former owners NBCUniversal in 2014. Fox currently holds the broadcast rights to Miss Universe and its preliminary pageants, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA.
6. Trump went to military school at age 13
In 1959, Donald was sent to the New York Military Academy in order to improve his discipline, self control and focus. Donald’s father sent him there because he felt that his son needed more discipline and focus in his life, more than what he could provide at home.
7. Donald’s grandfather died in the Spanish flu pandemic
Fred Trump Jr., who died in 1981 at the age of 43, was one of Donald Trump’s four older siblings. Like his father, he was an avid pilot and enjoyed drinking alcohol. He suffered from alcoholism and died of a heart attack on September 26, 1981. He left behind no children to inherit his estate.
8. Trump is a German surname
Trump is a German surname that originated from either the word ‘trumpet,’ or ‘drum.’ Kallstadt, Germany has the record of the name dating back to the 17th century. The quick rise of popularity of this name was likely brought on by German immigration to America.
9. Donald Trump is a germaphobe
The 45th president of the United States of America, Donald Trump has a fear of germs and tends to avoid handshakes as much as possible. In an interview with Reuters, Trump remarked that shaking hands is “barbaric” before he went on to explain that he doesn’t mind if people greet him with hugs.
10. Donald Trump filed a $5 million lawsuit against Bill Maher
Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidate, filed a $5 million lawsuit against Bill Maher after the American comedian called him a “Son of an orangutan”. Following the incident, Donald voluntarily dismissed his lawsuit against Bill. Before dismissing his lawsuit, Donald had also threatened to make a donation worth $5 million to charity if he could prove that he wasn’t actually the offspring of apes.
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