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Donald Trump arrived at his Palm Beach mansion just 19 minutes before leaving the United States as president. Hours before that Wednesday, January 20, 2021, who was president of the United States for four years, said goodbye without Mike Pence, his vice president, and without the leaders of his party.
In an ostentatious ceremony, such as those performed by the real estate mogul, he said goodbye to the position that he never officially admitted losing. Then he took a plane, from Washington to Florida, to go to the Trump residence since 2019 where he will live his post-presidency stage.
While he was walking away from one of the most important armchairs in the world, his vice president – who there are those who say he abandoned it and others who say that, even in the worst moments, he stayed by his side – attended the inauguration ceremony of Joe Biden .
The decision not to attend the ceremony was one of the last announcements that Donald Trump issued on Twitter, before the social network decided to close his account permanently, as Instagram and Facebook did before.
Trump is proud to be the “first president without new wars.”
Trump thus became the first outgoing president in 152 years who did not attend the inauguration of his successor. He was also the first president, since Andrew Johnson in 1860, that he had no animals during his stay in the White House; and the first billionaire to be president of the United States days before the end of his term, he also became the only president of that country to face two political trials.
The 45th president of the United States was born on June 14, 1946 in New York and assumed the presidency on January 20, 2017, when he was 70 years old. The son of a Scottish immigrant and the grandson of German immigrants, Donald Trump had four brothers. Melania Trump, the former first lady, was his third wife, with whom he had his fifth child (Baron Trump). With his first wife he had Donald Jr, Ivanka and Eric, while with his second wife he had Tiffany. He is also the grandfather of 10 grandchildren.
After studying economics at the University of Pennsylvania, at the age of 28 he took over the family business known today as the Trump Organization. His company led him to be one of the richest men in the world. According to Forbes, he is in position 339 of that ranking, having a fortune of US $ 2.5 billion.
However, he has lost part of his fortune. During his presidency, the amount of dollars in the mega-entrepreneur’s account was reduced.
In March 2016, when he had not yet been elected as a candidate for the presidency, he accumulated a wealth of US $ 4.5 billion.
“Trump is the very definition of the American success story. He is the archetypal businessman, an unparalleled negotiator ”, reads the Trump Organization website.
However, in the months following his departure from the presidency, he will have to work to rescue a brand from which many have withdrawn support.
Trump Organization was synonymous with triumph. But the events that occurred on Capitol Hill on January 6 changed the direction of the company. According to Mith McConnel, Republican leader and Trump ally, what happened was “caused by the president.”
Several companies decided to cut ties with Trump and his organization, according to Business Insider. The mayor of New York expressed that he would no longer have anything to do with it. Furthermore, Professional Bank will not provide further services.
From business to the presidency
Trump supporters. Photo: Reuters
Years before formally approaching politics, in 2015, Trump published a book titled Time to Get Tough: Making America Great Again in which he stressed that the United States needed a financial sector president and that he wanted the United States to be like him. again a world power.
But Trump’s history with politics began in the 2000s. That year he sought to run for president for the Reform Party, but withdrew shortly before the vote. Twelve years later, he also sought to be elected as a candidate for the Republican Party, although he ultimately decided against it. Trump’s political interest grew and he got closer and closer to what was later his first candidacy and his first victory.
In 2015, when he announced his candidacy, he was competing with 16 other Republican candidates. And who, until then, was an outsider of politics, became the favorite of that party. Almost a year later, in May 2016 he was elected at the Republican convention as a candidate for the presidency along with Mike Pence, who until Wednesday, January 20, 2020, was vice president.
After the elections of November 8, 2016, what Trump expected so much happened: the Electoral College announced his victory. Although Hillary Clinton obtained more votes, the US system led to Trump being elected president and on January 20, 2017 he took office, becoming not only the 45th president of that country, but also the the oldest president to do so (at least until then. Joe Biden, who took office last Wednesday, took office at the age of 78).
“You are fired”
In 2004, NBC premiered The Apprentice and the success of the reality show increased the popularity of the later president. A grave voice without hesitation told future entrepreneurs that they were fired.
In front of 20 million viewers, the businessman known as Donald Trump chose his “apprentice”. In 2015 he left the show and Arnold Schwarzenegger took over, but he did not reach the levels of success they were used to and was suspended.
His farewell to the presidency
Trump’s last goodbye as president. Photo: AFP
Silenced from his social networks and unable to say goodbye to his more than 80 million followers, he said before leaving that it was his “greatest honor and privilege to be its president.”
He finished his last speech as president, assuring that he will return “in some way.” While he did not attend Biden’s inauguration, Trump did abide by another American tradition: leaving a letter to his successor.
According to the current president, he left him a “very generous” letter.
A faithful lover of golf
While Trump promised that he would not play golf during his presidency, the sport was a haven during turbulent times. From 2017 to 2019, according to CNN, he spent 251 days on a golf course.
This month, the Professional Golf Association announced that it will not play its tournament at Trump’s estate because it would be “detrimental” to its brand.
Who has been Trump’s wife since 2005 became the second first lady born outside the United States in 2017.
After living for 26 years in Slovenia, the country where she was born, she moved to New York in 1996 and two years later began dating the mega-entrepreneur.
Before leaving the White House, he said that these years were “unforgettable.” He also asked that they “be passionate in everything they do. But always remember that violence is never the solution ”.
They weren’t close before 2016. Trump even considered having another running mate. However, Pence was always faithful to the president. Until January 6. From that day on they stopped talking. Pence attended Biden’s inauguration and not his partner’s farewell.
A Republican congressman expressed that “one of the most faithful is now his public enemy number one” by not opposing the confirmation of Biden as president-elect. However, it was Pence himself who decided to reject the a faithful lover of golf.