Donald Trump Through the Years

Donald Trump was a controversial figure long before his unexpected rise through the ranks of American politics as a Washington outsider. A New York native, Trump made his fortune first in real estate, then by licensing the Trump brand and finally in reality television with “The Apprentice” and “The Celebrity Apprentice.” Take a look at his personal and career milestones and controversies.

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President Donald Trump takes the oath of office as his wife Melania Trump holds the Bible, and his son Barron Trump looks on, on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20, 2017, in Washington, D.C.
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President-elect of the United States Donald J. Trump and first lady-elect of The United States Melania Trump arrive at the "Make America Great Again Welcome Celebration concert at the Lincoln Memorial in Jan. 19, 2017 in Washington, D.C.
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President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump shake hands following their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Nov. 10, 2016. In Obama's first public remarks after the election, on Nov. 9 he <a href="/news/national-international/Obama-Invites-Trump-to-Meet-Congratulates-Him-Victory-Election-400546161.html">urged the country</a> to come together after a divisive election season. “We are all on one team," he said. "Sometimes you lose an argument, sometimes you lose an election." Trump said that he and Obama "discussed a lot of different situations, some wonderful and some difficulties. I very much look forward to dealing with the president in the future, including counsel."
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President-elect Donald Trump gives his victory speech during his election night rally, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York.
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Hillary Clinton, left, and Donald Trump arrive before the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Oct. 9, 2016.
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Donald Trump prepares for an appearance on "Days of Our Lives" with actress Arianne Zucker, escorted by "Access Hollywood" host Billy Bush in this 2005 video still. An audio recording from this day where Trump made lewd comments about groping women without their consent was leaked to the press in early October. “When you’re a star, they let you do it,” he said on the recording, referring to kissing women. After the audio was released, 11 women came forward to accuse Trump of <a href="/news/national-international/Gloria-Allred-Trump-Accuser-Sex-conduct-Speaks-Out-News-Conference-398041281.html">inappropriate sexual behavior</a>.
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Donald Trump speaks while formally accepting his party's nomination on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016, at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
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Donald Trump, then a Republican presidential candidate, speaks as Jeb Bush watches during the FOX News Channel Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland.
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Donald Trump announced that he was running for president, at Trump Tower on June 16, 2015, in New York City. Critics say his campaign was largely categorized by racist, xenophobic and sexist comments, including remarks he made in his announcement speech in June about Mexicans. "When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best," Trump said in his speech. "They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists." After winning the election, Trump brought on Stephen Bannon as his senior advisor, setting off protests because of Bannon's role in giving a public platform to white nationalists through Breitbart News.
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In 2011, Donald Trump revived a 2008 conspiracy theory that Barack Obama was not a U.S. citizen. At the time, Trump was considering a run for president. He repeated the theory numerous times to various news outlets until September 2016, when he publicly acknowledged Obama was, in fact, born in the U.S. Trump then claimed credit for putting the theory to rest.
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Donald Trump, with his wife, Melania, and their son, Barron, pose for a photo after he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, Jan. 16, 2007. Two weeks before voters took to the polls to elect Trump, <a href="/news/politics/President-Elect-Donald-Trump-Hollywood-Walk-of-Fame-Star-400584341.html?rty">the star was smashed</a>. It was later repaired.
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Donald Trump, right, announces the establishment of Trump University, May 23, 2005, in New York City. Trump U offered online real estate and business courses but closed amid consumer-fraud lawsuits. Trump settled three lawsuits for $25 million on Nov. 18, 2016. He did not admit wrongdoing, though the settlement was a reversal from his pledge to fight the suits.
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A banner promoting the hit television show "The Apprentice" hangs from the entrance of Trump Tower on March 19, 2004. The expression "You're Fired" is Trump's signature line in the show and on "The Celebrity Apprentice."
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Broadcast personality Howard Stern, left, speaks with Donald Trump at a party given by the New York Post, Feb. 9, 2000, in New York.
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Donald Trump with his date, Melania Knauss, at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center, on Sept. 9, 1999, in New York City. Trump married Melania on Jan. 22, 2005.
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New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (left) and real estate developer Donald Trump pose with jackhammers at the groundbreaking for the Trump International Hotel and Tower construction in New York, June 21, 1995.
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Donald Trump and Marla Maples pose for photographers following their wedding ceremony in New York, as seen in this Dec. 1993 file photo. Trump and Maples divorced in 1999.
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Donald Trump attends the opening of his new casino, the Taj Mahal, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Trump took the casino through bankruptcy four times. The casino closed in October 2016 after 26 years in Atlantic City because it lacked a "<a href="http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Trump-Taj-Mahal-Closes-After-26-Years-on-Atlantic-City-Boardwalk-396507061.html">path to profitability</a>," said Trump’s billionaire friend Carl Icahn.
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Real estate mogul Donald Trump, left, takes his turn as George Ditomassi, president of the Milton Bradley company, looks on at a news conference in New York, announcing a new board game, "Trump, The Game," Feb. 7, 1989. The game allows players to bid against each other and make deals for big ticket real estate.
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American businessman Donald Trump at a press conference at the Plaza Hotel in New York City, to mark the launch of his Trump Shuttle airline, June 8, 1989. Three years later, Trump sold the shuttle because it was in too much debt and losing money, more than $100 million, according to the <a href=“https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2016/05/27/donald-trump-airline-went-from-opulence-air-crash-landing/zEf1Er2Hok2dPTVVmZT6NP/story.html”>Boston Globe</a>.
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Then-Vice President George Bush, right, shares a light moment with, from left, real estate developer and casino owner Donald Trump and fight promoter Don King, April 12, 1988, at New York's Plaza Hotel during a fundraiser for Bush by Trump.
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Donald Trump and his first wife, Ivana, pose outside the Federal Courthouse after she was sworn in as a United States citizen, May 1988. The two later divorced in 1992.
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The Mar-a-Lago Estate, owned by Donald Trump, lies at the water's edge in Palm Beach, Florida. He purchased it in 1989. The mansion was built by Marjorie Merriweather Post in the 1920s.
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Real estate mogul Donald J. Trump displays an artist's concept of "Television City," which would be on the far west side of Manhattan, Nov. 18, 1985.
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In 1973, the Justice Department <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/not-wanted-black-applicants-rejected-trump-housing-speak-out-n671966">filed a racial discrimination suit</a> against Donald and Fred Trump, shown in this file photo, for refusing to rent to black families at their real estate properties. The case was resolved by decree, with an agreement from the Trumps to take steps to avoid discrimination, but the Justice Department took them to court again three years later for not complying with the settlement. Trump has denied claims of racial discrimination.
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Donald Trump, New York Mayor Ed Koch; Carey; and Robert T. Dormer, executive vice president of the Urban Development Corp. at the site for the New York Hyatt Hotel/Convention facility on June 28, 1978, Trump’s first big project in Manhattan. Trump has said he built his empire with a "small loan" of a million dollars from his father, but there’s proof he benefited from numerous loans, loan guarantees and his father’s business connections.
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