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Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is an American businessman and television personality who served as the 45th President of the United States from 2017 to 2021. He was born and raised in Queens, New York City, and earned an economics degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. After taking over his family’s real estate business in the 1970s, Trump expanded the operations of the company and developed high-profile properties such as Trump Tower, which served as his primary residence and campaign headquarters during the 2016 presidential election.

Before entering politics, Trump gained national prominence as a host of the reality television series The Apprentice, in which contestants competed for a job within his organization. He leveraged his persona as a savvy businessman and entertainer to launch his bid for the presidency in 2015, drawing on the rhetoric of populism and nationalism to appeal to voters who felt disaffected from the political establishment.

Trump’s tenure in the White House was marked by his unconventional approach to domestic and foreign policy, as well as his combative personality and personal scandals. He pursued ambitious agenda items such as tax reform and immigration reform, but often clashed with Congress and the media over his policies and statements. Additionally, his administration faced numerous controversies and investigations, including allegations of collusion with Russian officials during the 2016 election and an impeachment trial in 2019 on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of justice.

On the domestic front, Trump’s presidency saw the successful passage of a major tax overhaul in 2017 that lowered corporate and individual tax rates. However, his other policy proposals, such as an infrastructure plan and a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, were unsuccessful due to opposition from Congress and the public.

Trump’s approach to foreign policy was defined by his aggressive stance towards adversaries such as Iran and North Korea. He withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal in 2018 and imposed sanctions on the country in an effort to cripple its economy. In addition, he held summits with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in a controversial bid to reach a denuclearization agreement.

Trump also engaged in a protracted trade war with China, imposing tariffs on goods imported from the country in an effort to reduce the trade deficit. While some economists argued that the tariffs hurt American consumers and businesses, Trump defended his approach as necessary to protect American jobs and industries.

Trump’s personal life and behavior also drew negative attention during his presidency. He was the subject of several lawsuits related to his business dealings and alleged sexual misconduct, including a lawsuit by adult film actress Stormy Daniels that received widespread media attention. Additionally, his use of social media for personal attacks on political opponents and members of the media drew criticism from both Democrats and Republicans.

In 2020, Trump ran for re-election against former Vice President Joe Biden of the Democratic Party. The election saw a record turnout and was marked by controversy due to Trump’s allegations of voter fraud, which were widely disputed by election officials and the courts. Trump continued to challenge the results of the election even after Biden was declared the winner, and his supporters launched an attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, in an attempt to overturn the results.

Following the events of January 6th, Trump was impeached for the second time in his presidency on charges of incitement of insurrection, becoming the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice. His trial in the Senate was held after he had left office, and he was acquitted in a 57-43 vote.

Since leaving office, Trump has remained active in politics, building support for the Republican Party and promoting his own brand through social media. He has not ruled out the possibility of running for president again in 2024, and his continued influence on the party is likely to shape the political landscape of the United States for years to come.

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The lurking danger of a Trump return

Financial Times

23-05-11 19:18

Donald Trump's resurgence in US polls has important implications, including his renewed ability to throw "grenades" into the political process and the possibility of a "vengeful and vituperative" second term, writes Gideon Rachman in the Financial Times. It is suggested that Trump's grip on the Republican Party is a hurdle; most senior Republicans avoided criticising him after his recent court verdict. Despite his grip, Rachman references previous indictments against him and concludes it is only prudent for "allies" to prepare, due to the possibility of another Trump administration.
Senate votes to limit critical habitat designation for imperiled species and drop bat’s protections

Associated Press

23-05-11 18:54

The US Senate has voted to overturn two Biden administration policies designed to safeguard threatened species. They challenged an existing rule, abolished by the current administration, which was enacted under Donald Trump, that restricts the areas of land and water that can be designated as territory that is federally protected to support imperilled flora and fauna. Additionally, 57 senators called for the removal of the federal distinction for the northern long-eared bat as endangered. The recent initiatives, supported mostly by Republicans, represent rare intervention by Congress in matters that are usually in the control of the National Marine Fisheries Service and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The activities that the Endangered Species Act tasks these agencies with include deciding which flora and fauna to list as either endangered or threatened, and the means by which to rebuild their populations.
Trump turned his liabilities into laugh lines at CNN town hall, underscoring GOP rivals’ challenge

Associated Press

23-05-11 18:44

Former President Donald Trump's recent appearance on CNN's town hall has highlighted that while he maintains a grip on conservative voters - particularly the women, suburbanites, and independents - the performance may have hurt his standing with these groups in the upcoming general election. Trump's opponents in his own party have not been able to find a way to stop him; indeed, he's seen as a clear frontrunner for the GOP primary. While they've largely been avoiding directly condemning Trump's more egregious behaviours, concerns have been raised that his actions and brand of politics are toxic among the broader electorate, particularly women, independents, and college-educated suburban voters. In contrast, some Republican opponents have become anti-abortion, taking an even more aggressive position on the issue than Trump. If Trump is vulnerable to any Republican attack, conservatives politics has shifted, and it may now be a question of electability as opposed to specific issues. The party is concerned that a Trump nomination would have an adverse effect on the party's broader results.
Senate votes to rebuke Biden administration over wildlife rules


23-05-11 18:11

The US Senate has voted to reverse two Trump administration wildlife rules. The resolutions relate to the definitions needed to classify habitat and the reclassification of wildlife species. As the measures only require simple majority, both proposals were passed. President Joe Biden has already threatened a veto, meaning that unless there is a two-thirds vote in both chambers of Congress to override a veto, the measures are not expected to progress any further. However, the Senate's decision shows a bipartisan break with the president.
U.S. homeland security chief says border facilities strained by new arrivals


23-05-11 18:03

US Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has warned of tougher consequences for immigrants who try to cross the US border illegally. Mayorkas described the border as "not open," and said that US officials are not afraid to advance prosecutions to the Department of Justice if there were "individuals who repeatedly attempt to enter illegally." This comes as 22 Republican state attorneys general have opposed a new asylum regulation rolled out by President Biden's administration, calling it "riddled with exceptions."
The demographic makeup of the country’s voters continues to shift. That creates headwinds for Republicans


23-05-16 04:12

The Republican Party’s electoral coalition is facing continued demographic change, as white voters without a four-year degree declined in 2022 as a share of both actual and eligible voters, according to Census data analysed by Michael McDonald, a University of Florida political scientist who specialises in electoral turnout. The long-term trend has seen a sustained fall in the share of votes cast by these working-class white voters, once a core of the Democratic coalition, but now the foundation of Republican votes. However, non-white adults and whites with at least a four-year college degree have steadily increased their influence. This trend is likely to accelerate over the next 10 years, says McDonald, and it is being felt most acutely in key states such as Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. McDonald’s analysis of the 2022 results shows that the combined share of non-whites and whites with a college degree is virtually certain to increase, whilst the non-college white share of the total vote is highly likely to decline again in 2024. The political impact of this decline is analogous to turning up the resistance on a treadmill: as their best group shrinks, Republicans must run a little faster just to stay in place. Minorities struggled to maintain voter turnout in 2022, and although blue-collar white voter turnout was relatively strong, the non-college white share of the total vote still slightly declined. This has to be a cause for concern for Republicans; if more of the growing pool of eligible minority voters now turn out in 2024, it is not unreasonable to expect that the non-college white voters so critical to GOP fortunes could experience an even steeper decline in their share of the vote.
Kentucky Republicans pick nominee to challenge Democratic Gov. Beshear

The Independent

23-05-16 04:06

Kentucky's primary elections for governor end today, with only one of the 12 Republican contenders remaining to challenge the incumbent Democratic Governor Andy Beshear. The main rivals are Attorney General Daniel Cameron and former United Nations Ambassador, Kelly Craft, who are both linked to President Donald Trump. Craft has a fundraising advantage, mostly through TV adverts, bankrolled by her family's large financial resources. Cameron has stressed his record of challenging the pandemic-era policies of Governor Beshear. The primary has been a bitter competition between the rivals despite there being few policy differences between the candidates.
3 judges who chipped away abortion rights to hear federal abortion pill appeal

The Independent

23-05-16 04:04

Three conservative judges with a staunch history against abortion will hear appeals on whether mifepristone, a widely used abortion drug, should remain available. Conservative Judge Jennifer Walker Elrod, who was nominated by former President George W. Bush in 2007, Judge James Ho, a former Texas solicitor general nominated by Donald Trump in 2017, and Judge Cory Wilson, a former Mississippi appeals court judge nominated by Donald Trump in 2020, all hold anti-abortion records. Their decision is expected to go to the US Supreme Court for appeal, regardless of the outcome.
Pence’s allies launch super PAC as he moves toward White House run

Washington Post

23-05-16 02:21

Former U.S. Vice President Mike Pence’s allies have launched a super PAC to support a possible presidential candidacy. Pence and advisers have hinted at a June launch for the presidency. The group is called “Committed to America”, and designed to build a positive image for Pence who so far gained little traction against his former boss, Donald Trump, and other would-be Republican candidates in the polls. Pence served Trump for four years in the White House, showing loyalty before breaking with him over pressure to try to overturn the 2020 election results on Jan. 6.
Pence allies launching super PAC to back former vice president’s expected 2024 candidacy

The Toronto Star

23-05-16 02:15

A new Super PAC, Committed to America, which is backing former Vice President Mike Pence’s expected candidacy for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, will be launched on 15 June. The group will be publicly launched and is seen as a sign that Pence is moving ahead with his expected bid for the GOP nomination, a move that would put him in direct contention with his former boss, former President Donald Trump. The launch comes amid tension between the two leaders as Trump considering running again and Pence courted many of Trump’s supporters while he was in office.
How Garland’s release of Trump-Russia probe report differed from Barr’s

Washington Post

23-05-16 08:00

US Attorney General Merrick Garland’s handling of special counsel John Durham’s report differed markedly from that of his predecessor. William P. Barr was criticised for his handling of the final report from then-special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. When the long-awaited Mueller report was delivered in 2019, it moved slowly from Barr’s desk to the public, as redactions had to be made. Durham’s report moved fast from Garland’s desk to Congress and then the public. This time, the report was an unclassified document with a 29-page classified appendix that has not been made public, and there are no ongoing investigations from Durham’s work. Durham was asked to examine whether anyone at the FBI violated laws while investigating the 2016 Trump campaign. He found no major new ground and did not find criminal culpability. The end of Durham’s special counsel assignment drew immediate comparisons to the fractious finale of ­Mueller’s work.
It’s not NIMBYism: Premier right on need to build up, but good design is critical

The Sydney Morning Herald

23-05-16 08:00

Letters to the editor in response to a variety of issues were published in the Sydney Morning Herald, including opinions on infilling the city center with apartments rather than expanding onto farmland, the factors that need to be considered when building higher density housing, the harm caused by attempts to prevent exposure to porn, the gutless move by the ACT Brumbies to urge Rugby Australia to take a neutral stance on the Voice, and the suggestions that GST should be increased to 15% and the idea of carbon capture and storage. Some readers support the idea of infilling Sydney with apartments, but others say that design is everything if developers want public agreement to more development. Councils need to factor in sunshine, privacy and parking when approving new housing developments. In response to understanding the potential harm caused by porn, readers suggest that young boys and girls should be taught age-appropriate sex education, and relationships could be ruined by excessive porn use. In response to Rugby Australia's reluctance to support the "Yes" campaign for the voice, letters say that no professional rugby player will be harmed by standing up for the voice but it will make a huge difference to so many Indigenous people and communities now and into the future. Additionally, readers suggest that GST should not be increased to 15% as it hits those on lower incomes the most while carbon capture and storage is unproven technology and wouldn't it make better sense to not create the emissions in the first place.
Rudy Giuliani avoids any mention of harassment lawsuit in YouTube show

The Independent

23-05-16 07:48

Rudy Giuliani did not reference allegations of sexual harassment during his latest YouTube show, despite it airing just hours after the accusations. The former New York City mayor instead focused on the Durham report, which concluded that the FBI had insufficient evidence to investigate Donald Trump's presidential campaign in 2016. Giuliani is facing a $10m lawsuit for sexual assault, harassment, wage theft and other misconduct from his former associate, Noelle Dunphy.
Russia launches air raid on Kyiv, Ukraine says all missiles shot down

South China Morning Post

23-05-16 07:29

Ukraine claims to have shot down all 18 missiles fired by Russia overnight on 24 May, including six Iranian hypersonic missiles, during what they called an 'exceptional' intensity of air strike. Flashes of the strikes were seen in Ukraine's capital, Kyiv, with this being the eighth air attack in the city this month. Russia resumed their long-range missile strikes at the end of April and has targeted Kyiv many times recently as Ukraine prepares to launch a counteroffensive to take back land from Russia.
And the president most to blame for the national debt problem is …

Washington Post

23-05-16 07:00

US President Joe Biden has blamed his predecessor Donald Trump for a 40% increase in the national debt during his administration. The national debt totaled nearly $20tn when Trump took office in 2017, and was more than $27.8tn when he left. Analysts say that while numbers can be misleading, Trump can be held partly responsible since $4.3tn of the increase came in the last 10 months of his presidency, when massive government spending was necessary to cope with the pandemic’s economic impact. Charles Blahous, an economist who formerly advised President George W. Bush, has determined that two-thirds of the nation’s long-term fiscal imbalance is actually due to policy choices more than 50 years old.

Biden has criticized the tax cut passed in 2017 and signed into law by Trump as being skewed towards the wealthy and large corporations. While the cut has not yet reduced revenue by $2tn, as claimed by Biden, Trump’s elimination of two streams of revenue introduced by Obama to finance the Affordable Care Act will result in 7.6% of America’s future fiscal imbalance, according to Blahous. In contrast, Blahous cites Lyndon B. Johnson as the president most responsible for his share of the fiscal gap (29.7%) due to his enactment of Medicare and Medicaid in the mid-1960s.

Blahous suggests that Congress struggles to discern the effects of individual policies on the economy over a 50-year period, making the evaluation of the effectiveness of policies difficult. Social programs such as Social Security and Medicare are popular and have helped reduce poverty among the elderly, but their future costs could be unsustainable without new congressional legislation. On this subject, Biden has noted the importance of investing in social programs, particularly in low-income children, since such policies have been shown to be cost-effective in the long run.

Tuesday evening news briefing: Private school pupils more likely to get into Cambridge if they move to state sixth form


23-05-16 17:18

Russia claims to have destroyed a $1.1bn US air defence system during its rocket attack on the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv. The Kremlin said that a hypersonic Kinzhal missile destroyed the Patriot missile battery. Ukraine, however, stated that it had downed all six Kinzhal missiles. This comes as a top Russian official is in a coma in Russian-controlled eastern Ukraine following an attack in a barber shop when a grenade was thrown at him. In response, France has decided to send longer-range missiles to Ukraine just days after the UK sent its Storm Shadow munitions.
Elon Musk claims George Soros ‘hates humanity.’ The ADL says Musk’s attacks ‘will embolden extremists’


23-05-16 16:34

Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, has come under fire for baseless comments on Twitter that accused philanthropist George Soros of hating humanity and eroding the fabric of civilisation. Soros, a Holocaust survivor, is frequently targeted by conspiracy theorists and antisemites. Musk's remarks have been criticised by the Anti-Defamation League and others for potentially fueling further attacks on Soros. Recent data suggests that the volume of hate speech on Twitter has grown significantly under Musk's ownership of the social media network. Soros disclosed, shortly before Musk’s attack, that he had disposed of a modest stake in Tesla. Both men had been targets of short sellers.
American jailed for spying by China is a veteran pro-Beijing advocate who rubbed shoulders with senior Chinese officials, CNN reporting shows


23-05-16 16:25

John Shing-Wan Leung, 78, an American citizen, has reportedly been sentenced to life in prison by a Chinese court. Leung was found guilty of spying, however, it was not known that he had been detained until the verdict was delivered. Searches on Chinese state media reports reveal that John Leung is the head of several pro-China groups in the US and has ties with senior Chinese officials. Leung is linked with the National Association for China’s Peaceful Unification (NACPU), Washington DC-based pro-China and Taiwan-focused lobby group, designated a foreign mission in 2020 by the Trump administration. China’s Foreign Ministry said the designation was unjustified.
Pence would start a 2024 campaign in a historically bad position

Washington Post

23-05-16 20:58

Former US vice president Mike Pence faces significant pushback from his own party for his presidential campaign, with polls suggesting that at least 60% of Americans view him unfavourably. However, Donald Trump faced even greater disapproval at the start of his 2016 campaign and went on to win. Pence's poll figures paint him in the same light as KKK leader David Duke, former Speaker of the House of Representative Newt Gingrich and conservative Pat Buchanan, all of whom were candidates that experienced an overwhelming majority of negative poll sentiment.