13 surprising facts you never knew about Donald Trump

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1. He made $375,000 per episode of “The Apprentice”

Trump hosted his own reality TV show, The Apprentice, starting in 2004 on NBC. The purpose of the show is to eliminate contestants in order to find a head for one of Trump’s companies. Trump was paid $375,000 per episode of the show - Newsweek.com

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2. Trump once tried to trademark the phrase “You’re fired!”

Trump is closely associated with a reality TV show called The Apprentice in which the contestants take part in challenges in order to get a chance to work under American billionaires. In the show, Trump dismisses some of the contestants using the phrase “You’re fired!”, which he intended to use in his games and casinos. The game he released called “Trump, the Game” has a tag that says “I’m back and you’re fired!” According to US Patent and Trademark Office website, he even filed a trademark application for the phrase. - USA Today

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3. Trump’s hair is real. He gets his haircuts from his wife Melania

Trump has many attention-grabbing traits, and his hairstyle is one among them. Apparently, many people have asked him about his hair and what he does to it. He told Playboy that all he does is take a shower, wash his hair, read the newspaper while it dries, comb it and spray it. He has stated that the reason his hair looks so neat all the time is because he doesn’t expose himself to outside environment, as he spends most of his time in his limousine, private jet, helicopter, or his private club, and that the only time he is outside is when he plays golf. And according to what he said to Playboy, his wife gives him his haircuts. - Today.com

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5. Trump almost filed for bankruptcy in 1990

Due to massive personal and business debts. A significant amount of debt was garnered from financing the Taj Mahal, one of Trump’s casinos acquired in 1988, through high-interest junk bonds. However, he ceded 50 percent ownership of the casino to the original bondholders, who lowered Trump’s interest rates and extended the loan so Trump had more time to pay off the debt. Today, Trump owns more than 100 companies and his net worth is approximately $4 billion. - NewsWeek.com

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6. He tried to sue an author for $5M for calling a Millionaire

In 2009, Trump filed a lawsuit against the author of the book TrumpNation: The Art of Being Donald, Timothy O’Brien, for $5 million. In the book the author cited three unnamed sources who estimated Trump’s net worth between $150 million and $250 million. However, the court ruled that Trump was not able to prove that the author committed “actual malice” and dismissed the defamation lawsuit. According to Trump’s lawyers, his own estimation has been “proven conclusively” to exceed $7 billion, yet during a deposition, he himself said that his sense of financial worth depends on his day-to-day feelings. - hollywoodreporter.com

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7. Donald Trump doesn’t drink any alcohol

His older brother struggled with alcohol throughout his life. “I learned a lot from my brother, Fred,” Trump said in an interview with Steve Forbes. “He set an example. It wasn’t, maybe, the example that people would think, but it really was, in its own way, an example. That here was this fantastic guy, who got caught up in the alcohol, and he ultimately died from alcoholism.” - News Week

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8. Trump played a cameo in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

In the movie, there is a scene in which the character Kevin McCallister walks around the Plaza Hotel and then asks Trump where the front desk was. Trump responds to the question saying “Down the hall, to the left,” after which Kevin thanks him and walks off. The Plaza Hotel’s lobby in which one of the scenes takes place originally has Italian Ravenna tiled floors which were entirely covered with carpets. So, during the filming of the scene when Kevin slides down the floor into the elevator, the filmmakers asked Trump if they could remove the carpet. When the carpet was removed, Trump liked the tiles so much that he never had the carpet back again. - MoviePilot.com

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9. His Parent sent him to Military Academy when he was 13

Trump’s parents sent him to the New York Military Academy when he was 13 because he was an energetic child. They thought the institution would teach him some discipline. He graduated from the military academy in 1964 before continuing his education at Fordham University and eventually, the University of Pennsylvania. - NewsWeek

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10. Trump has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Apart from being a businessman and politician, Trump is also a television personality. He produced, participated and appeared as cameos in many films and television shows. In 2003, he also became the executive producer and host of the NBC reality show called The Apprentice and later acted as host for another similar show called The Celebrity Apprentice. He hosted The Apprentice for 14 seasons, earning as much as $1 million per episode, and in 2007 received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to television. - Wikipedia

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11. Trump was the original owner of New Jersey Generals

Trump was the original owner of New Jersey Generals of the United States Football League. Trump sold the franchise to J. Walter Duncan in 1983 so he would be free to complete various construction projects. - Daily Signal

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12. Trump is a germaphobe and doesn’t like shaking hands with people

Obviously being a presidential candidate means he has no choice but to shake hands— that doesn’t mean he has to like it though! Trump is notorious for avoiding touching other humans whenever possible. This is why he is famous for some pretty good high five/handshake snubs. - Distractify

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13. Trump has run for president before

Trump won the Californian presidential primary for the Reform Party in 2000.
In a weird, Ross Perot-style tale, Trump ran for president under the Reform Party in 2000 and actually managed to beat party leader Pat Buchanan in the Californian primary.

It didn’t stop there, as Trump also nabbed a victory in Michigan. Clearly this isn’t his first rodeo in politics (but the 2016 election is definitely his first circus amirite??) - Distractify

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