Born: June 14, 1946 in Queens, NY (Age 73)
Education: University of Pennsylvania (BS)
Political Experience: President of the United States (2017-Present)
Private Sector Experience: The Trump Organization (EVP) - 500 business entities total
Former governor of Indiana
Trump's Stances on Voting Issues
Asia & Oceanea
Throughout Trump's presidency, he has maintained a relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. While this began as a contested relationship, it has turned positive. After previously referring to him as "rocket man", Trump has forged a relationship with the leader through meeting several times. Believing strongly in American production, Trump generally opposes foreign imports from China. In 2020, Trump drew criticism for repeatedly referring to the COVID-19 virus as the "China Virus" (Bush).
Trump has consistently been a proponent of a free and unregulated economy. He supports lower individual as well as corporate taxes, in order to stimulate the economy. In addition, he supports ending regulations and trade deficits. Trump has made it a priority to support the growth of blue collar, domestic jobs. 5 million new jobs have been created during Trump's presidency (Bush).
Throughout his presidency, Trump has consistently stated that he did not believe that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election. This is in disagreement with the Mueller Report. Trump did issue an executive order that requires the audit of an election to check for interference. In 2019, the secretary of DHS was told by the president's staffers not to bring up election security in front of him (Kamarck).
In his presidential nomination speech, Trump stated that he would do everything in his power to protect the LGBTQ community. After taking office, Trump banned all transgender individuals from serving in the Military. He has supported "Dont ask, don't tell". Following the Charlottesville White Supremacy rally, Trump stated that there were "very fine people" on both sides of the rally, and that it was not a one sided issue (Bush).
Donald Trump is a strong advocate for the second amendment. He consistently states that democrats want to take everyone's guns away. The NRA poured over $50 million into Trump's 2016 campaign. Despite this strong current stance, his previous statements have been contradictory. Previously, after a string of shootings, Trump called for expanded background checks. However, since then, his stance has changed and he no longer supports background checks (Madhani).
Trump has made immigration a cornerstone of his presidential action. He instituted a zero-tolerance policy for illegal immigration, which also tightened rules on seeking asylum in the United States. Trump's position has been that illegal immigrants bring drugs and crime, while taking away jobs from citizens. Trump encouraged a national shutdown in order to gain funding to build a border wall on the southern border, one of his campaign promises. Throughout his presidency, Trump has strengthened ICE, working to deport illegal immigrants (Bush).
Donald Trump has made Latin American relations an important aspect of his presidency. The majority of his Latin American views relate to immigration. He believes that immigrants from Latin America import problems such as drugs, violence, and sexual assault. He also has advocated for a border wall with Mexico, which he has stated that he will get Mexico to pay for. However, since then, Congress has funded the wall, and portions of it are already under construction (Bush).
The Trump presidency has had a conflicted relationship with the Middle East. In January of 2020, he launched an attack against Qasem Soleimani, an Iranian general. In addition, Trump withdrew the United States from the Iran Nuclear Deal. Trump has called wars in Afghanistan and Iraq "stupid", though has ordered multiple strikes on Syria (Bush).
Throughout his presidency, Trump has many times stated his support for the armed forces. Going with this idea, he is a strong proponent of high military spending. Trump has created a defense strategy that includes preparing for potential attacks from China and Russia. He has also urges US allies to spend more money on their defense budgets (Stavridis).
Trump is a strong proponent of local education. Thus, he very much opposes common core standards. In addition, Trump believes that education is severely in need of reform. He believes that education loans should carry less interest, though college should not be free or reduced. Lastly, he believes that education must contain some component that deals with obligations and responsibilities of citizenship (Wright).
Within 6 months of taking office, Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. Before taking office, Trump claimed that climate change was a "hoax". In 2018, the Trump administration ended the Clean Power Plan, from Obama. Instead, Trump has promoted the proliferation of fossil fuels and states that they are absolutely necessary in order to have a flourishing economy (Bush).
Trump has maintained a different relationship with traditional American allies in Europe. He has sparred publicly with Macron of France as well as Merkel of Germany. However, he has maintained a consistently positive relationship with Theresa May and Boris Johnson in the United Kingdom. Trump has many times voiced his dissatisfaction with NATO and has not supported it. Trump has embraced Russian Vladimir Putin many times. (Bush).
Trump has consistently supported repealing the Affordable Care Act. Though he advocates for reforming healthcare, Trump has not offered specifics of what would be done. Nevertheless, the GOP has made progress on repealing the ACA. Recently, Trump implemented work requirements on Medicaid recipients. For women's health, Trump has presented himself as a pro-life candidate. He has tried to limit access to abortions and tried to appoint pro-life judges in the hope of overturning Roe v. Wade (Bush).
Justice & Incarceration
Trump has provided incarceration reform through the First Step Act. The act attempts to reduce the prison population through job education. Trump has repeatedly praised Mississippi for the job they have done with prison reform. He said that MS should be a model for the rest of the country (Mitchell). In addition, Trump has favored legislation that abolishes certain mandatory minimum sentences. Trump has publicly said that he wants to be harsher on especially bad criminals (Fandos).
The Trump administration has made it a priority to end the opioid crisis. In 2017, Trump declared the opioid crisis a national emergency. He has promoted actions to reduce opioid use such as limiting prescriptions and changing supply chains. In 2018, Trump passed the SUPPORT act, which further built upon these actions (White House).
Trump has not released major religious reform. However, in 2017, he came under fire for instituting a so-called "Muslim ban", which restricted travel into the United States from muslim-majority countries. In addition, he has many times voiced religious undertones in his speeches and writing (Pew).