Donald John Trump, Sr. (born June 14, 1946) is a business executive and the founder of Trump Organization of the USA, mainly involved in the premium American real estate segment. In addition to his role as a high-ranking business executive, Mr. Trump is also an executive producer in television shows produced by Trump Productions, and is the host of the business reality show, The Apprentice.
- In the end, you're measured not by how much you undertake but by what you finally accomplish.
- Trump : The Art of the Deal (1987) by Donald Trump and Tony Schwartz
- I don’t do it for the money. I’ve got enough, much more than I’ll ever need. I do it to do it. Deals are my art form.
- Trump : The Art of the Deal (1987) by Donald Trump and Tony Schwartz
- A well-educated black has a tremendous advantage over a well-educated white in terms of the job market. I think sometimes a black may think they don't have an advantage or this and that.... I've said on one occasion, even about myself, if I were starting off today, I would love to be a well-educated black, because I believe they do have an actual advantage.
- The R.A.C.E., NBC , quoted in Porter, David D. (13 September 1989), "What Must Blacks Go Through?", Orlando Sentinel, retrieved on 2011-06-06
- Leona Helmsley is a truly evil human being. She treated employees worse than any human being I've ever witnessed and I've dealt with some of the toughest human beings alive.
- Interview, Playboy Magazine (March 1990)
- Laziness is a trait in blacks.
- Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are little short guys that wear yarmulkes every day.
- O'Donnell, John R.; Rutherford, James (1 January 1991), Trumped!: The Inside Story of the Real Donald Trump -His Cunning Rise and Spectacular Fall, New York: Simon & Schuster, ISBN 9780671737351, OCLC 23355814 , cited in "Ignoring Trump's Record of Racism", Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting, retrieved on 2011-05-07
- I love beautiful women, and beautiful women love me. It has to be both ways.
- Now, if your boss is a sadist, then you have a big problem. In that case, fire your boss and get a new job.
- Trump: How to Get Rich (2004)
- Without passion, you don't have energy; without energy, you have nothing. Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.
- As quoted in Social Networking for Authors: Untapped Possibilities for Wealth (2009) by Michael Volkin, p. 60
- Part of the beauty of me is that I am very rich.
- Interview with Ashleigh Banfield on ABC’s Good Morning America (17 March 2011); also in "Trump on 2012: ‘Part of Beauty of Me Is I’m Very Rich'" (17 March 2011)
- Because if you're not born in the United States, you cannot be president. And, there is a real question. And if this birth certificate exists, you know what I get a kick out of? The Governor of Hawaii says, "I remember when he was born 50 years ago." I doubt it. I think this guy should be investigated. I doubt it. He remembers when Obama was born? Give me a break! He's just trying to do something for his party. The fact is, if you're not born in the United States, you cannot be president. He is having a hard time — he spent millions of dollars trying to get away from this issue, millions of dollars in legal fees trying to get away from this issue. And I'll tell you what, I brought it up just routinely and all of a sudden, a lot of facts are emerging, and I'm starting to wonder myself whether or not he was born in this country.
- Fox & Friends, Fox News, 28 March 2011
- "Fox Goes Birther: Trump Tells Unquestioning Co-hosts, "I'm Starting To Wonder...Whether Or Not [Obama] Was Born In This Country"", Media Matters for America, 28 March 2011, retrieved on 2011-03-30
- Donald Trump: Meredith, he spent two million dollars in legal fees trying to get away from this issue. And if he weren't lying, why wouldn't he just solve it? And I wish he would, because if he doesn't, it's one of the greatest scams in the history of politics, and in the history period. You are not allowed to be a president if you're not born in this country. He may not be born in this country. And I'll tell you what, three weeks ago I thought he was born in this country. Right now, I have some real doubts. I have people that actually have been studying it and they cannot believe what they're finding.
Meredith Vieira: You have people now, down there searching—
Vieira: I mean, in Hawaii?
Trump: Absolutely. And they cannot believe what they're finding. I would like to have him show his birth certificate, and can I be honest with you, I hope he can. Because if he can't, if he can't, if he wasn't born in this country, which is a real possibility, I'm not saying it hap— I'm saying it's a real possibility, much greater than I thought two or three weeks ago, then he has pulled one of the great cons in the history of politics. And beyond politics.
- Today, NBC, 7 April 2011
- regarding Barack Obama
- Two million dollars is the sum of all the Obama presidential campaign's post-election legal expenses.
- I have a great relationship with the blacks. I've always had a great relationship with the blacks.
- Robinson, Eugene (18 April 2011), "Donald Trump as GOP hopeful: Take him seriously", The Washington Post, retrieved on 2011-05-07
- I heard he was a terrible student, terrible. How does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard? I'm thinking about it, I'm certainly looking into it. Let him show his records.
- Associated Press interview, 2011-04-25
- Madison, Lucy (25 April 2011), "Trump: How did Obama get into the Ivy League?", CBS News, retrieved on 2011-05-01
- about Barack Obama, who graduated from Columbia in 1983 and graduated magna cum laude with a Juris doctorate from Harvard Law School in 1991
- Today I'm very proud of myself, because I've accomplished something that nobody else has been able to accomplish. I was just informed, while on the helicopter, that our president has finally released a birth certificate. I want to look at it, but I hope it's true, so that we can get on to much more important matters, so the press can stop asking me questions. He should have done it a long time ago. Why he didn't do it when the Clintons asked for it, why he didn't do it when everyone else was asking for it, I don't know. But I am really honored, frankly, to have played such a big role in hopefully, hopefully getting rid of this issue. Now, we have to look at it, we have to see, is it real? Is it proper? What's on it? But I hope it checks out beautifully. I am really proud, I am really honored.
- press conference, 2011-04-27
- "Trump Questions Obama Birth Certificate", TMZ, 27 April 2001, retrieved on 2011-05-01
- Regarding the release of Barack Obama's full birth record from Hawaii that morning
- The word is, according to what I've have read, is that he was a terrible student when he went to Occidental. He then gets to Columbia and then gets to Harvard. I heard at Columbia he was not a very good student, and then he then he gets into Harvard. How do you get into Harvard if you are not a good student? Maybe that's right, maybe that's wrong, but I don't know why he doesn't he release his records. Why doesn't he release his Occidental records?
- press conference, New Hampshire, 2011-04-27
- "Schieffer: Racism underlying Trump's assertions", CBS News, 27 April 2011, retrieved on 2011-05-01
- about Barack Obama, who transferred to Columbia from Occidental College in 1981, graduated from Columbia in 1983, and graduated magna cum laude with a Juris doctorate from Harvard Law School in 1991
- When people are screwing you, you don't give them state dinners...We have weak, pathetic leadership. We have incompetent leadership.
- (on Chinese imports) "Listen mother------, we're going to tax you 25 percent,"
- Trump's speech at the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino targeted the U.S. relationship with China, OPEC countries, and Saudi Arabia, on April 29 2011.
- "Trump calls U.S. leaders "stupid"", Reuters, 29 April 2011, retrieved on 2011-05-01
- It's like in golf. A lot of people — I don't want this to sound trivial — but a lot of people are switching to these really long putters, very unattractive. It's weird. You see these great players with these really long putters, because they can't sink three-footers anymore. And, I hate it. I am a traditionalist. I have so many fabulous friends who happen to be gay, but I am a traditionalist.
- Barbaro, Michael (1 May 2011), "After Roasting, Trump Reacts In Character", New York Times, retrieved on 2011-05-06
- on his opposition to same-sex marriage
- No, I've never really changed. Nothing's changed my mind. And by the way, you know, you have a huge group of people — I walk down the street, and people are screaming, "Please don't give that up."
- A lot of people are questioning his birth certificate. They're questioning the authenticity of his birth certificate. I've been known as being a very smart guy for a long time. I don't consider myself birther or not birther, but there are some major questions here and the press doesn't wanna cover it. The press just refuses to cover it. Now if that were somebody else, they would be covering it, and they'd be throwing people out of office. But they don't want to cover it. So it's interesting.
- Wolf Blitzer: Donald, you're beginning to sound a little ridiculous, I have to tell you.
Donald Trump: No I think you are, Wolf. Now let me tell you something, I think you sound ridiculous, and if you'd ask me a question and let me answer it —
Blitzer: Here's the question, did the conspiracy start in 1961 where the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and the Honolulu Advertiser contemporaneously published announcements that he was born in Hawaii?
Trump: That's right. That's right. And many people put those announcements in because they wanted to get the benefit because of getting so-called born in this country. Many people did it. It was something that was done by many people even though they weren't born in the country. You know and so do I... And so do a lot of your viewers. Although you don't have too many viewers.
- Donald Trump (clip): I have people that actually have been studying it and they cannot believe what they're finding.
Meredith Vieira (clip): You have people now, down there searching—
Trump (clip): Absolutely.
Vieira (clip): I mean, in Hawaii?
Trump (clip): Absolutely. And they cannot believe what they're finding.
Wolf Blitzer: All right, tell us what your people who were investigating in Hawaii, what they found.
Trump: Oh, we don't have to go into old news. That's old news.
Blitzer: Well, what did they find?
Trump: There's been plenty found. You can call many people. You can read many, many articles on the authenticity of the certificate. You can read many articles from just recently as to what the publisher printed in a brochure as to what Obama told him, as to where his place of birth is. And that's fine, Wolf.
Now, it's appropriate, I think, that we get to the subject of hand, which is — at hand, which is jobs, which is the economy, which is how our country is not doing well at all under this leadership, which is how are we going to do something about energy, which is really that things that I wanted to talk to you about, but you like to keep going back to the place of birth.
- The Situation Room, CNN, 29 May 2012 , quoted in Elizabeth Flock (29 May 2012), "Wolf Blitzer Spars With Donald Trump Over Obama's Birth Certificate", US News & World Report
- referring to a 1991 promotional booklet by literary agency Acton & Dystel with bios of 89 authors, that erroneously described Barack Obama as "born in Kenya".
- He lost the popular vote by a lot and won the election. We should have a revolution in this country!
- More votes equals a loss...revolution!
- Twitter, 2012-11-06, quoted in "Trump Tweets A Call For "Revolution" After Obama Victory", Media Matters for America, 7 November 2012, retrieved on 2012-11-10
About Donald Trump
- The cost of appearing with a bloviating ignoramus is obvious, it seems to me. Donald Trump is redundant evidence that if your net worth is high enough, your IQ can be very low and you can still intrude into American politics.
- George Will on This Week, ABC, 27 May 2012 , quoted in Tapper, Jake (27 May 2012), "George Will Calls Donald Trump a ‘Bloviating Ignoramus’", ABC News
- Donald Trump has been uncommonly nice to Hillary and me. We’re all New Yorkers. And I like him. And I love playing golf with him.
- Donald Trump, who has driven well past the last exit to relevance and peered into something closer to irresponsible here, is tweeting tonight,
- Brian Williams, November 6, 2012, in response to Trump's tweeted reactions to the 2012 United States elections