Meet the Candidates: Donald Trump

By, Ariell Branson


Donald Trump was born in New York City in 1946 to businessman Fred Trump and Mary Trump. He attended both Fordham University and the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce. He is married to Melania Trump and has five children. He is the chairman of The Trump Organization and has reportedly amassed a fortune of more than $4 billion. Trump is a germophobe who dislikes shaking hands, has never smoked cigarettes, drank or done drugs. He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 The Issues

 Taxation: Trump wants to simplify taxes for everyone and streamline deductions. He also plans to dramatically reduce the income tax and reduce it from seven brackets to three. Lastly, he would make our corporate tax globally competitive and the United States the most attractive place to invest in the world. According to Trump, “Reducing taxes on our workers and businesses, means that our workers can sell their products more cheaply here and around the world – meaning more factories, more hiring, and higher wages. It’s time to stop punishing people for doing business in America.”

 Immigration: Trump has three core principles for his immigration reform:

1.     First, he believes that a nation is not a nation without strong borders. Because of this, he believes there must be a wall across America’s southern border. Trump wants to deploy 25,000 additional border agents, utilize Predator drones and make Mexico pay for the construction of an impregnable border wall. Until Mexico agrees to pay for the wall, the United States will, among other things, “impound all remittance payments derived from illegal wages; increase fees on all temporary visas issued to Mexican CEOs and diplomats (and if necessary cancel them); increase fees on all border crossing cards – of which we issue about 1 million to Mexican nationals each year (a major source of visa overstays); increase fees on all NAFTA worker visas from Mexico (another major source of overstays); and increase fees at ports of entry to the United States from Mexico [tariffs and foreign aid cuts are also options].”

2.     Secondly, Trump believes a nation without laws is not a nation. Accordingly, he asserts that laws passed in accordance with our Constitutional system of government must be enforced. Criticizing Obama for not enforcing America’s strict immigration laws, Trump says that, if elected, he will enforce them to the letter. This includes deporting all illegal aliens immediately and closing detention centers. Trump also opposes the DREAM Act.

3.     Lastly, Trump believes that a nation that does not serve its citizens is not a nation. This means that any immigration plan must improve jobs, wages and security for all Americans. He also won’t give any future tuition benefits for illegal aliens.

 Healthcare: Trump believes that we should repeal the Affordable Care Act. He thinks that doing so will “broaden healthcare access, make healthcare more affordable and improve the quality of the care available to all Americans.” He also wants to modify existing law that inhibits the sale of health insurance across state lines, allow individuals to fully deduct health insurance premium payments from their tax returns, allow individuals to use Health Savings Accounts and require price transparency from all providers.

 Education: Trump believes that the federal government should stop profiting from student loans because it contributes to the rising cost of tuition. He also wants to let schools compete with charters, vouchers and magnet schools to increase competition within the school system. Lastly, he wants to eliminate the Department of Education. He believes that Common Core, No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top are programs that take decisions away from parents and local school boards. Trump has said, "I think that education should be local, absolutely. I think that for people in Washington to be setting curriculum and to be setting all sorts of standards for people living in Iowa and other places is ridiculous."

 LGBT Rights: Trump believes that the states should decide whether transgender people may use restrooms matching their gender identity and opposes same-sex marriage. However, he has been inconsistent as far as LGBT rights go and has changed his position over the years.

 The Environment: Trump supports rescinding the Climate Action Plan and Waters of the U.S. rule, renewing the Keystone XL Pipeline project, canceling the Paris Climate Agreement and reforming the regulatory environment. Trump claims global warming is a “hoax.”

 Trade: Trump advocates immediately reforming our interactions with China. He wants to declare China a currency manipulator, protect American ingenuity and investment by forcing China to uphold intellectual property laws, reclaim millions of American jobs and revive American manufacturing by putting an end to China’s illegal export subsidies and lax labor and environmental standards. 

 Abortion: Donald Trump is opposed to abortion except in cases of rape, incest or danger to the mother's life. His running mate, Mike Pence, has asserted that when Trump is elected, “We’ll see Roe v. Wade consigned to the ash heap of history where it belongs.”