US Election 2016 candidate profile: Donald J. Trump, Republican

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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, December 30, 2015. Reuters/Randall Hill

The United States will elect its new President in November 2016 and the first round of polling to select the candidates begins on Feb. 1. The efforts that went into the planning of the election campaigns and debates will finally start bearing results. Donald Trump has been in the news for his controversial ways for some time now, but here is a brief profile of the Republican presidential front-runner.


Donald J. Trump, Republican

Who is Donald Trump?

Trump is a successful real estate magnate and reality series star who announced in June 2015 of his decision to run for the upcoming US presidential elections. Trump had set his aims for the White House way back in 2000, but poor results in the California primary prompted him to withdraw his candidacy.

Trump has been through a number of upheavals in his business career which only enabled him to emerge even stronger than before. He gained huge popularity since he started starring in the reality show “The Apprentice” in 2004.

Trump was also a part of the “Birther movement” that claimed that President Barack Obama was not born in USA and thus not eligible for being the President of USA.

What Donald Trump wants

Trump’s presidential campaign aims to “Make America Great Again” by focusing on key factors such as dealing with illegal immigration and strengthening national security. He also promises to take the business climate in America to a new level by reforming the US-China trade relationship. Veterans administration reforms and tax reforms are also on the book.

Who is Donald Trump fighting against?

Trump is fighting for the presidential candidature along with 11 other Republicans including Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum, Rand Paul, Carly Fiorina, Jim Gilmore, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie.

According to a Quinnipiac University poll released in November, Trump is the Republican presidential front-runner with 25 percent GOP voters in his support. Ted Cruz is right behind him with 23 percent support, while Ben Carson is with 18 percent support.