President-elect Donald Trump told reporters he will live in the White House after he takes the oath of office, but that his wife Melania and 10-year-old son Barron will be living in New York temporarily to allow their son to finish out the year at the same school.
TMZ founder Harvey Levin wanted to show the world Donald Trump like he’s never been seen before in the Fox News special “OBJECTified: Donald Trump” Saturday.
Two months before he became president-elect, Trump opened his Manhattan penthouse to Levin to share cherished childhood memories, the pain of losing a brother to alcoholism and the joy his sons and daughters bring him.
Here are just a few insights into the man who will be POTUS No. 45.
1. Memory Lane is only an off-ramp away in Queens, NY
“Sometimes on my way out to wherever I’m going, I’ll stop because it’s an exit — Utopia Pkwy. I get off the exit and I’ll stop and take a look at the house where I grew up.”
2. He says false stories of his bad behavior began in childhood
One story is that on rainy days he’d take his dad’s limo to deliver newspapers. Another says he hit a music teacher because Trump thought the teacher didn’t know anything about music. “It gets a little exaggerated. That story is all over the place. I hate that story. But, no, that’s not something I would do,” the president-elect said.
3. His father sent him to military school for five years
New York Military Academy was home to a young Trump when he was a teenager, who found Drill Sgt. Theodore Dobias particularly rough. “I remember the first day I went out there, he said, ‘Stand up at attention’ to everybody. And I’m going, like, ‘Give me a break.’”
4. No drugs, no alcohol, no cigarettes
Those are the rules Trump has instilled in his five children. Plus, “It’s important to make children understand the value of the dollar, the value of work, the value of work, the value of money, the value of achievement.’
5. Saying “goodbye” to “The Apprentice” was not easy
“Turning down a continuation was a tough decision for me. I remember [show creator] Mark Burnett said, ‘They want to renew you.’ I said, ‘No. I don’t want to be renewed. We are going to run for president.’”
6. He almost had a career in professional baseball?
The show says the Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Red Sox scouted Trump at one point.
7. Sports is a “microcosm of life”
“You learn so much from sports because it’s just sort of a microcosm of life, except one thing — you have a winner and you have a loser and it takes place in a short period of time. With life it’s meandering.”
8. He says he is not a sore loser
“Well, I don’t like losing, but I don’t think I’m a sore loser. You know, it’s interesting — if somebody else plays great or does something great, I feel much better then if I lose it. I don’t want to lose it.”
9. His brother Freddy’s death from alcoholism had a lasting effect
“I’ve never had a drink because of my brother. If you don’t start, you’re never going to have a problem. If you do start, you may have a problem. And it’s a tough problem to stop.”
10. What he really wanted to do was produce films
“I wanted to make motion pictures. I absolutely did. I was going to apply to USC film school. I was absolutely going to do that. I loved that. I liked the glamour of movies.”
11. A big ego? Nah
Trump steaks, water, fragrance, vodka, home furnishings, men’s accessories, board games, buildings and more. The Trump name is on everything. “It’s not ego. I love doing it. I just have fun. We have a period of time on earth and we like to do a good job.”
12. He says he just wants to win
“I’m somebody that likes to help people. I like to see things done right. But above all, I want to make life good for a lot of people not just myself. I’ve won so much, I’ve won enough for myself. I want to win for the country now.”
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Trump’s wife of 11 years has been the subject of great scrutiny and even ridicule during her husband’s divisive campaign. The former model, 46, stood by Trump after a video of him bragging about groping women – recorded the year they were married – surfaced, and 13 women accused him of unwanted sexual advances. She made headlines during the Republican national convention when she was accused of plagiarizing a section of her speech from Michelle Obama. Towards the end of the campaign, she called for less bullying online, which puzzled many onlookers given her husband’s use of inflammatory language on Twitter.
Trump’s daughter, a vice-president at his company, was placed in one of the most difficult positions of all the Trump family members during this campaign. The former model who owns a number of businesses, including a clothing line and a jewelry line, has long positioned herself as an advocate for women’s rights, and converted to Judaism when she married Jared Kushner. Yet her father’s campaign became mired in charges of misogyny, and dog-whistle antisemitism. Trump, 35, is a close friend of Hillary Clinton’s daughter Chelsea and donated to Clinton’s campaign in 2007. But she was steadfast in her support for her father and rarely criticized his comments about groping women on a leaked Access Hollywood tape, nor his stance on abortion. Vitriol for her father spilled over to her when a call to boycott her clothes gained some steam in the last weeks of the election.
Eric Trump has been a regular feature throughout his father’s campaign, appearing on television and at campaign stops. Like his siblings, he holds an executive role at the Trump Organization. His charity, the Eric Trump Foundation, was caught up in an extensive investigation into Trump’s charitable donations by the Washington Post when Trump, 32, said his father had donated to it but then backtracked when asked for details. He and his brother Donald Trump Jr have been criticized for hunting big animals such as leopards and crocodiles. He was also accused of breaking New York State law on election day by tweeting a picture of his ballot. He married Lara Yunaska two years ago.
Donald Trump Jr
One of three children from Trump’s first marriage with Ivana, Donald Trump Jr, 38, has been extremely active on the campaign trail for his father. Like his siblings, he works in the family business, The Trump Organization, and has appeared on The Apprentice. He drew criticism during the campaign when he tweeted a picture comparing Syrian refugees to deadly Skittles; he was also on the big game hunting trip with his brother. He is married to model Vanessa Kay Haydon, with whom he has five children.
Tiffany Trump has been the least visible of his older children during this campaign. She is the daughter of Trump’s second wife Marla Maples. She recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, maintains a popular Instagram account, and has tried her hand at pop music. She is perceived as being less close to her father than his other adult children.
Kushner is married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka. He is CEO of his family’s real estate company and owner of the New York Observer. His vocal support for his father-in-law throughout this campaign put his ownership of the Observer in the spotlight. One of the paper’s reporters wrote a piece calling out Kushner for his role in the campaign, after Trump was accused of antisemitism for tweeting a picture of the Star of David in an attack of Hillary Clinton. Kushner, who is Jewish, used the paper to defend Trump. He became a close adviser to the now president-elect over the course of the campaign.
Eric Trump’s wife of two years has kept a low-profile during the presidential campaign. She works as a producer at Inside Edition and was formerly a personal trainer. She is on the board of directors of the Eric Trump Foundation and is an active animal welfare advocate with groups such as the North Shore Animal League of America, the largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization in the world – a position which arguably conflicts with her husband’s love of hunting.
Trump reportedly calls his 10-year old son, the only child of his marriage to Melania, “Little Donald”, and the two enjoy playing golf together. Despite his age he attracted a lot of attention during and after the elections.
Hip-hop mogul Kanye West announced at a Thursday night concert in California that he did not vote in the presidential election, but if he had, he would have voted for Donald Trump.
“I told y’all I didn’t vote, right?” Kanye said, standing on the floating stage he uses on his Saint Pablo tour. “But if I would’ve voted, I would’ve voted for Trump.”
Perhaps predictably, the attendees at West’s San Jose, California, show reacted mostly negatively to the rapper’s pronouncement, with some throwing items at the stage. West continued though into an extended monologue, which was reported by the music website Pitchfork and others, focused on the election, political discourse and Trump’s communication style, which West said he found impressive.
“There’s nonpolitical methods to speaking that I like, that I feel were very futuristic. And that style, and that method of communication, has proven that it can beat a politically correct way of communication,” West said at the concert. He bemoaned that he had been told that he should avoid praising Trump because he is a celebrity, telling the crowd that Trump’s rhetorical style was not simply “entertaining — I actually think that his approach was absolutely genius, because it f—ing worked.”
He urged African-Americans to “stop focusing on racism” because “this world is racist, OK?”
The rapper’s pro-Trump monologue put him at odds with the political leanings of his wife, reality-TV star Kim Kardashian, who said publicly during the presidential campaign that she was supporting Hillary Clinton. The celebrity couple posed for a photo with the former secretary of state that was posted to Instagram last year.
West, who announced plans to run for president in 2020 in a rambling acceptance speech at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, reaffirmed those plans Thursday night. He told the crowd that “I’ve got some ideas about the way we should connect our ideas” and said the government should rely on the popular proposals from both parties to govern. “There’s things that Benjamin Carson believes in that I believe in,” West said, adding that the retired neurosurgeon should be a consultant to the president, as should Clinton and Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.
“I don’t say 2020 because, out of disrespect to our president at all. I’m not saying that, ‘Oh man, that just means that anybody can win.’ That’s not what I’m saying when I say 2020,” he told the crowd. “I’ve just said I’ve got some ideas about the way we should connect our ideas. That we should use opposite parties. That the Republicans, that the Democrats, that everyone that ran that had an idea that people agreed with should be the collective ideas that are used to run the country.”
He said that he was fine with the uptick in public outbursts of racism and hate speech because “they exposing themselves, Bro.”
“Sometimes things that you might think are bad need to happen, in order for change to f—ing happen. Sometimes you might have to not get your way to really understand what to do in the future, to be able to get your way.”
It is not the first time West has waded into the political world. Obama called West a “jackass” for interrupting the acceptance speech of pop star Taylor Swift at the 2009 Video Music Awards, an insult the president repeated in 2012, this time tacking on a “but he’s talented” compliment.
West apparently responded on his 2010 single “Power,” rapping that “they say I was the abomination of Obama’s nation. Well that’s a pretty bad way to start the conversation.”
The iPhone isn’t cheap. Not even close. Apple’s phones have been setting the bar for high-end smartphone pricing for years, though. Apple has also been improving the iPhone without changing the price, which is a good thing.
Are you upset about the iPhone 7 Plus price hike despite the added benefits? If so, we have some bad news: Donald Trump may make the iPhone more expensive than ever if he moves forward with his trade plans for China.
China already threatened Trump’s America with an editorial in a state-run newspaper. The piece basically said that Trump’s comments related to US-China trade did not go unnoticed. And that China will respond to any of Trump’s future moves against China with actions that will hurt American businesses, including Apple’s iPhone.
Trump said during his campaign that he would impose a 45% tariff on China imports. Business Insider reports that Barclays researchers expressed in a note that a Trump administration would likely settle on a 15% tariff on imports from China. That would mean the government would take 15% of the imported goods’ value in taxes.
Such a tariff would force Apple to raise prices for the iPhone as well, making it a more expensive purchase for the American buyer.
“In general, if tariffs go up by 15%, we tend to find that prices go up, but not usually entirely by 15%,” Columbia economics professor Amit Khandelwal said. “But it’s reasonable to expect that prices would go up a sufficient amount.”
“Tariffs are imposed on wholesale price, so if I’ve got my $1,000 computer in front of me, it came in to the airport wholesaler valued at probably $500 or less,” Stern economics professor Paul Wachtel said.
Business Insider says the iPhone’s price could go up as much as $97 per phone, but $50 would be a more reasonable hike. Apple could always choose to pay the fee out of its own pocket, but that’s unlikely. The same tariff would apply to other electronics including smartphones from other brands, not just the iPhone.
“Whether an iPhone is going to go up in price $10 or something is a small issue,” Wachtel said. “If President Trump starts putting tariffs on electronic goods, does that begin to wreak havoc on the global electronics industry? Now you’re talking a real issue.”
That said, the iPhone 8 will be the first Apple smartphone released under Trump, so it’ll be interesting to see whether Trump’s approach towards trade with China will have am impact on next year’s iPhone pricing.
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In the wake of President-elect Donald Trump’s stunning electoral upset, many pollsters ate crow.On Saturday, one even ate bug.
A polling expert who had previously promised to “eat a bug” if Trump exceeded 240 electoral votes made good on his promise with a breakfast of crickets in honey.
After CNN’s Michael Smerconish reminded Dr. Sam Wang of his wager, the somewhat resigned-looking founder of the Princeton Election Consortium presented what he described as “a can of gourmet-style crickets, and from the point of view of a pet.”
But before he dug in, Dr. Wang, who already appeared to regret his decision, had a few words to say on warning against sensationalist media coverage of the new administration.
“I think that the eating bug thing is in itself sensationalist and keeps us off of important policy issues, such as Supreme Court appointments,” said Wang.
“There are things that can happen to bring the country together. I think the bug thing is not one of them. I wanted to point that out,” he added.
But now, he conceded, it was time to eat humble pie. Or, in this particular instance, humble bug.
“Like John the Baptist in the wilderness, he ate locusts and honey. So I regard myself as being in the wilderness a little. After all, I was wrong,” announced Wang, fork poised.
“A lot of people were wrong, but nobody else made the promise I did,” he continued, before tentatively scooping up a cricket and popping it into his mouth.
How did it taste?
“Kind of mostly honey-ish, a little nutty,” noted Wang, as a visibly tickled Smerconish smiled.
“You delivered. You’re a man of your word,” the CNN anchor noted.
President-elect Donald Trump revealed on Friday the people who will make up the executive committee of his transition team.
Vice President-elect Mike Pence will take over the team from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has served as chairman of the transition team since May.
Christie said in a statement he was “proud” to have led the transition team for the last few months. Christie’s approval rating dropped to an all-time low this month after two of his former aides were found guilty of all charges in the Bridgegate scandal.
Christie, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Dr. Ben Carson, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) will serve as vice chairs of the committee.