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Donald Trump, or Donald J. Trump, is the President of the United States; he took office in 2017, meaning that the maximum time he can be in the office of President is until 2025. Before Donald Trump was the President, he was a billionaire, and was involved in business that was based in New York City in the United States.
In mid-2015, Trump announced that he would run for President as a Republican. In the Republican Presidential nomination, he faced competitors including Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Ben Carson, and Ted Cruz, but ended up winning, receiving 1,543 delegates in the nomination, followed by Ted Cruz's 559 delegates. Other candidates on the Republican side each received fewer than 200 delegates.
During this time, Trump began to develop his policies, which put a focus on immigration, especially what he referred to as "illegal immigration" — known as "undocumented immigration" by the Democratic Party — and a possible travel ban on individuals from a group of countries, generally in the Middle East. Another issue he stressed was trade, saying that the U.S. should not get involved in too many trade deals and should be careful when trading with China. Trump began holding rallies quite early in his campaign, and this was one of the ways — if not the most significant one — in which he campaigned.
Election in 2016
Following the Republican nomination, Trump faced the Democratic Presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, who had previously defeated Bernie Sanders in the Democratic nomination. The election took place in November 2016, in which Trump was elected with 304 electoral votes against Hillary Clinton's 227. Although Trump actually lost the popular vote in the election, he narrowly had victories in enough heavily-populated states to win the electoral vote count.
In early 2017, Trump became President in the inauguration ceremony. His election and inauguration, however, were followed by a period of problems during which President Trump struggled to get a cabinet that suited his political interests. Also, concern among some that the 2016 election had been Russia-influenced led to the appointing of Robert Mueller to investigate various matters related to political officials. The investigation ended in 2019, with several officials being in legal trouble, and some Russian interference having been detected. However, the existence of Russian collusion, sometimes referred to by conservatives as the "Russia hoax," is a debated issue between Liberals and Conservatives.
During his Presidency, Trump has focused on measures that he believed would improve the condition of the southern border with Mexico, adjusting trade rules and associations, meeting with North Korean leader Kim-Jong Un, and writing new executive orders. As many of his executive orders have been blocked by judges, Trump has made appointing judges an important part of his agenda.
Trump has been criticized for his statements, especially on Twitter, which have often been seen as too casual for a President to make; for example, he has made what many individuals have seen as negative comments about particular individuals and many of his Twitter statements do not seem to have the dignity that a President's statements should have. Generally, in both rallies and on Twitter, exaggerated and sweeping statements have been his style since the beginning of his campaign, and often his statements are not serious. However, despite these criticisms, according to Rasmussen polls, Trump maintains a job approval base of 45-55%. As of July 2019, other major pollsters show his job approval ratings in the 40s.