The rise of the Donald

Real estate tycoon Donald Trump, 70, was born and raised in New York City.

After earning a bachelor's degree in economics, he was given control of his father's real estate and construction firm, now known as The Trump Organization.

He owned the Miss USA pageants from 1996 to 2015, and starred in reality TV series The Apprentice from 2004 to 2015.

In June last year, Mr Trump turned his attention to politics and announced his candidacy for president as a Republican. He quickly emerged as the front runner for his party's nomination.


His 18-month campaign was mired in controversy and Americans got to know him as a misogynist, a racist and a serial liar.

He has called women "pig", "dog" and "disgusting animal" among other derogatory terms.

In October, a 2005 recording of Mr Trump bragging about forcibly kissing and groping women surfaced.

He dismissed the comments as "locker room talk". Sexual assault allegations soon followed.

Mr Trump's anti-Muslim rhetoric was a consistent feature during the campaign and he spoke of building a wall on the US-Mexico border to keep out illegal immigrants.

He was also labelled a serial liar after failed attempts to defend his stories.

A Vanity Fair magazine article on his lies had the subhead: "When it comes to telling the truth, Trump may be the least honest politician alive".

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