This week, SFGN profiles businessman and real estate tycoon Donald J. Trump in our White House Watch.
Trump, 68, announced on March 18 he had formed a Presidential exploratory committee, stating the United States is in “serious trouble.”
“We have lost the respect of the entire world,” Trump said. “Americans deserve better than what they get from their politicians – who are all talk and no action!”
Trump is no stranger to the political circuit or South Florida for that matter. He flirted with the idea of a Presidential campaign in 2012 as he accused U.S. President Barack Obama of being foreign born and ineligible to sit in the Oval Office.
“I have built a great company, created thousands of jobs and built a tremendous net worth with some of the finest and most prestigious assets in the world – and very little debt! All Americans deserve the same opportunity.”
Here in South Florida, Trump’s real estate portfolio includes the lavish Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach County and towering condominiums in Hollywood and Sunny Isles. As a golf brand, Trump oversees the world renowned Trump National Doral Golf Club in Miami, which in addition to golf tournaments, recently hosted the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant.
On LGBT issues, Trump has stated that same-sex marriage isn’t “his thing,” but that he considers himself a fair minded person who is “evolving” on acceptance of marriage equality. In terms of public statements, Trump, a Republican, has never been a fire branding hater towards gays and lesbians.