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46 Trump Statistics: 2020/2021 Business, Presidency & Approval

by Arthur Zuckerman

One of the most polarizing presidents to be elected, Donald Trump Sr. definitely maintained this image and continues to be controversial with the way he runs his government. With the slogan “Make America Great Again,” Trump surely captured the minds and hearts of many patriots and at the same time stirred anger and raised questions from liberals who think that his way of governing is racist and misogynistic, among other things. We compiled some of the most interesting statistics right from the beginning of his career as a businessman up to his current role as US president.

Trump as a Businessman Statistics

Part of the reason why Trump won as US President is because of his renown as a businessman. Many Americans believed that he could help the US economy grow. These statistics outline just how successful—or not—he is as a businessman.

  • Donald Trump’s estimated net worth is around $3 billion. 
  • A big chunk of Trump’s income comes from golf courses, which brought him over $246 million in income in 2017. 
  • Although Trump doesn’t own a lot of the buildings that carry his name, he makes money off of them through licensing agreements. 
  • In 1974, Trump turned the deteriorating Commodore Hotel into a lavish Manhattan cornerstone. 
  • Trump’s first book, “Trump: The Art of the Deal,” was published in 1987 and became a bestseller. 
  • In 1990, with nearly $1 billion in personal debt, Trump reached an agreement with bankers allowing him to avoid declaring bankruptcy. 
  • Trump bought 40 Wall Street for $1 million in 1995, renovated for $35 million, and now worth $500 million. 
  • Trump’s hotel and casino businesses have declared for bankruptcy six times between 1991 and 2009, as a result of over-leveraged hotel and casino businesses in Atlantic City and New York. 
  • After his father’s death in 1999, Trump and his siblings received equal portions of his father’s estate valued at $250-$300 million.
  • In 2002, Trump acquired the former Hotel Delmonico in Manhattan and re-opened with 35 stories of luxury condominiums in 2004 as the Trump Park Avenue. 
  • Trump’s hosting salary in the earliest days of the Apprentice have ranged from $50,000 to $1 million per episode. 
  • Trump International Tower Chicago, which is the second tallest hotel in Chicago was named best large city hotel in North America in 2010.
  • The New York Times reported in October 2016, that Trump declared a $916 million loss in 1995 which could have allowed him to legally skip paying federal income taxes for years. 
  • Forbes’ financial experts estimated Trump’s brand value at $200 million in 2011. Trump disputed this valuation and claimed that his brand was worth about $3 billion.
  • Forbes pegged the Trump brand at $125 million in June 2015, as retailers such as Macy’s and Serta Mattresses began dropping Trump-branded products. 
  • In November 2016, Trump agreed to pay $25 million to settle three lawsuits against Trump university. 
  • Trump’s stock portfolio is worth between $33.4 – $87.9 million. 
  • There are a total of 500 entities wherein Trump is a trustee, president, chairman, or member.


Trump First Year Statistics

Here is the data on Trump’s first full year as president. Scroll through to find out how well his boasts — and the complaints of his critics — stack up against hard data.

  • The US trade deficit, which he promises to bring down, went up by 11.5%.
  • The number of refugees admitted fell by 70%, with only 29,722 refugees admitted to the US under Trump so far.
  • Coal mining jobs are up by 500, which Trump also promised to bring back to America.
  • The number of coal mining related deaths remained low under Trump. There were 15 deaths in 2017, the third lowest on record.
  • The number of manufacturing jobs increased by 378,000 between Trump’s inauguration and September.
  • Employment growth slowed by 12%.
  • Job vacancies rose to a nearly 17-year record, hitting 6.2 million in September.
  • Jobless rate fell further to 4.1% in October to December, which is the lowest rate it has been since it hit 3.9% for four months in 2000.
  • Economic growth climbed to a 3.2% annual rate from 1.5%, during the July-September quarter.
  •  Real weekly wages are up by 1.1% while corporate and profits and stock prices hit new records.
  • According to a government survey, people with no health insurance policy went up to 200,000, and by 3.2 million according to a more recent Gallup poll.
  • Nearly 3% increase in federal debt and projected annual deficit worsened.
  • Almost 3 million increase in the number of people on food stamps.
  • Consumer confidence in the economy turned less optimistic at the end of Trump’s first year, with consumer sentiment sinking to 94.4, a 4.1-point drop since Trump took office.


Trump’s Statistics After Three Years in Office

Now that Donald Trump has been in office for three years already, was he able to keep his promises? Here are some numbers to measure his performance so far.

  • 6.7 million jobs were added and the unemployment rate is at 3.5% as of last December, which was the lowest rate in half a century.
  • At the Jan. 17 close, the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock average was 47.1% higher than it was on the last trading day before Trump’s inauguration.
  • The median household income reached $63,179 in 2018, up by $1,400 from 2016 after inflation adjustment.
  • In 2018, the percentage of Americans living with income below the poverty line were down to 11.8% of the population, the lowest level since 2001.
  • All private sector workers average weekly earnings (inflation-adjusted) increased by 2.5% throughout Trump’s first 35 months.
  • Gross domestic product (GDP) grew at an annual rate of 2.1% (inflation-adjusted) during the 3rd quarter of 2019, after going up 2.9% in 2018 and 2.4% in his first year in office.
  • In June 2019, the national median price of an existing, single-family home set a record high of $288,500.
  • Home-ownership rate went up, reaching 64.8% in the fourth quarter 2018, and again in the third quarter of 2019.
  • The number of people lacking health insurance was 27.5 million in 2018, up from 25.6 million in 2017.
  • In 2016, the federal debt held by the public stood at $17.2 trillion, roughly $2.8 trillion higher since he took office.
  • 6.9% decline in crimes according to the FBI’s annual Crime in the United States report 2018. This means there were 1,999 fewer murders committed in 2018 than in 2016.
  • Annual production of pistols and revolvers in the US was under 4.3 million in 2018, down by 23% from 2016.
  • In 2019, illegal boarding crossings was 799,669, the highest annual total since 2007 and 81% higher than in 2016, a year before Trump got elected.
  • The number of people who received food stamps since January 2017 has gone down 6.3 million or 14.8%.


Trump’s Approval Ratings: How UnPopular is Trump?

Trump’s presidency is never without any controversy — from impeachment trials to closing of borders and building a wall, Trump seems determined to make unpopular decisions throughout his term. Below are the numbers during his first two years of presidency.

  • Trump began his term as one of the most unpopular presidents in the modern era with an approval rating of just 37%.
  • 88% of Republicans voters approve of his presidency.
  • 65% of Trump’s senior-ranking advisers had left their job within the two-year mark.
  • Passing a major tax reform bill, which reduced corporate tax from 35% to 21%, was his main legislative success.
  • In December 2018, Trump triggered an unparalleled 35-day partial shutdown of the US government, after criticisms by some conservative commentators over the lack of progress on the wall.


Timeline of Trump’s Administration’s Coronavirus Actions

Like most, if not all leaders around the world, the administration of United States Pres. Trump has faced its greatest challenge for 2020: the coronavirus pandemic. Here are some key statistics on how the Trump administration responded against the virus in the US so far.

  • The Coronavirus task force was created on January 29, headed by US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.
  • On January 31, Trump issued an executive order blocking entry to the US from anyone who traveled to China in the last 14 days. This doesn’t apply to US residents and family members or spouses of US citizens.
  • By February 24, Trump asked for $1.25 billion in emergency aid after the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 1,000 points over coronavirus fear.
  • The House of Representative passed an $8.3 billion emergency bill to aid in the immediate health response to the virus on March 4.
  • Trump declared a national emergency on March 13, which granted access to $50 billion in funding for US states and territories.
  • On March 17, Trump asked everyone to work at home, if possible, postpone unnecessary travel, and limit social gatherings to no more than 10 people.
  • Trump signed a $2.2 trillion emergency spending bill on March 27, which aims to give up to $1,200 per person and $500 per child for households making up to $150,000 per year.
  • The emergency spending bill also gives small businesses access to over $377 billion in loans that can be forgiven, while corporations, state and local governments are given access to $454 billion.
  • By the end of March, confirmed cases of coronavirus reached 160,000.
  • A total of 6.6 million workers filed for unemployment in the first week of April. The US sets a record for single-week benefits claims.
  • On April 7, Trump claimed that a total of 1,790,000 tests were done nationwide.
  • April 16: Trump issued guidelines developed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to states for reopening businesses.
  • On April 22, Trump signed an executive order imposing restrictions on some seeking green cards for permanent US residency in order to protect Americans seeking jobs.


Future of Trump’s Political Career: Is Re-election Possible?

Trump’s reelection seems far-fetched to many, as far-fetched as his election did before November 2016. But despite the scandals and issues of his presidency, he approaches 2020 with two factors in his favor. First is incumbency. Voters have only denied an incumbent once since 1980. The second is a relatively strong economy at the moment. Alan Abramowitz, a political scientist at Emory University, who heavily weighs both of these factors in his election-forecasting model, gives Trump almost an even chance of reelection.  But Trump’s greatest enemy so far is the coronavirus. How he handles this pandemic moving forward will most likely ultimately have a great impact on his potential reelection.



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