In his latest Twitter tirade, Donald Trump insisted that he qualified as 'a very stable genius' because he became US President on his 'first try'. But it seems the former reality TV star had forgotten a previous attempt for the job - after his campaign in 2000 flopped. Responding to comments about his mental stability in explosive new book Fire And Fury, the president tweeted: "Throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart. "I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius....and a very stable genius at that!" But Trump's 2016 election win over Hillary Clinton was actually his second attempt for the job. In 2000 Trump briefly campaigned against conservative pundit Pat Buchanan to get on the ticket for the Reform Party - a third-party alternative to the Republicans and Democrats which had managed to achieve some limited … [Read more...] about Donald Trump tried to be President in 2000 but campaign flopped – and now he doesn’t seem to remember it
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DONALD Trump’s cabinet is shaping up to be an elitist masters of the universe club with a staggering estimated total wealth of $37billion (£30billion).The President-elect has selected an oil tycoon, private equity investors and even a billionaire heiress as some of his ‘finalists’.Investor Steve Mnuchin: Net worth $40million (£32million)Trump’s latest appointment is believed to be former Goldman Sachs executive and Hollywood producer Steve Mnuchin.The Yale graduate, 54, who is estimated to be worth around $40million, is the hot favourite to be nominated as the next Treasury Secretary.He amassed his fortune at Goldman Sachs after following in his father’s footsteps to rise to the top of the bank.At the height of the 2008 financial crisis he bought control of IndyMac, a failed California bank, with the help of other investors and it was renamed OneWest.Before moving into politics he produced films including American Sniper and Batman vs. … [Read more...] about Trump’s ‘finalists’ for top jobs include oil tycoon, Hollywood producer and health empire heiress with combined wealth of £30BILLION
DONALD Trump has been busy selecting his top team since his shock election victory, and now his Cabinet is taking shape after he took charge in the White House.The former host of the Apprentice told each of them "You're Hired" - but his nominees to run government departments now face the process of approval by the US Senate before taking up their roles.Here we take a look at who's who in Trump's inner circle.President-elect Donald Trump has now named several of his officials, but it's a process which takes several weeks.Before Trump, George H W Bush had been the only president since 1968 to name cabinet nominees in the two weeks following the election.The majority of appointments for every president since Nixon have been made in the six weeks following the election.It is not unusual for the process to be ongoing until close to the date of inauguration.There are 15 positions in the American cabinet.They are: Secretary of State, Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of … [Read more...] about Who is in Donald Trump’s cabinet? Names on the list and roles – here’s what we know
The 80-year-old activist shareholder and long-term friend of US President-elect Donald Trump will serve as a special adviser and not a federal employee. Icahn will not take a salary, a transition aide said. "Carl was with me from the beginning and with his being one of the world's great businessmen, that was something I truly appreciated," Trump said in a statement. "He is not only a brilliant negotiator but also someone who is innately able to predict the future especially having to do with finances and economies. His help on the strangling regulations that our country is faced with will be invaluable," the statement read. Trump had wanted Icahn for Treasury Secretary before the position went to Steve Mnuchin, another advocate of rolling back regulation in the financial sector having worked at Goldman Sachs for 17 years. Yes, Icahn Once known as a corporate raider, Icahn was an early supporter of Trump's White House bid and has at times been outspoken about … [Read more...] about Trump selects billionaire Icahn to advise on regulatory reform
Harry Truman and Richard Nixon played piano, Bill Clinton saxophone. John F. Kennedy asked the poet Robert Frost to speak at his inauguration and hosted a number of classical music ensembles at the White House. Jimmy Carter began many mornings of his presidency listening to half an hour of Mozart, absorbed hours of Richard Wagner in the evening and was an avid theater-goer. Theodor Roosevelt invited the pianists and composers Ferruccio Busoni and Ignacy Paderewski to perform at the White House. During the administration of Ronald Reagan, a noted opera singer was slated to appear there. Somewhat uncertain, First Lady Nancy Reagan suggested to her husband that they ask their friend Frank Sinatra for advice. George H.W. Bush preferred country music. In his youth, Barack Obama's idol was Stevie Wonder; his Spotify playlist includes numbers by Marvin Gaye, Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin and Kanye West. What does history reveal about presidents' interest in the arts and how it … [Read more...] about Trump, Clinton and the arts: What would their presidencies mean for culture?