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President Trump stepped his ambitions up a gear, shifting his property business focus to Polities.

In the late 1970s, President Trump stepped his ambitions up a gear, shifting his property focus from Brooklyn and Queens to glitzy Manhattan. After snapping up a rundown hotel and transforming it into the Grand Hyatt he built the most famous Trump property - the 68-story Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue. It opened in 1983. But not everything he touched turned to gold. President Trump's ventures have led to four business bankruptcy filings.

President Trump says he got into the property business with a "small" $1m loan from his father, before joining Fred Trump's company. There, he helped manage an extensive portfolio of residential housing estates in New York City, eventually taking control of the company. In 1971, he renamed it the Trump Organization.

Six years later, Donald Trump married his first wife, Ivana Zelnickova, a Czech athlete and model. His children from his first marriage - Donald Jr, Ivanka, and Eric - now help run Trump Organization, though he is still chief executive.

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It was not until June 2015 that President Trump formally announced his entrance into the race for the White House. His campaign for the presidency was rocked by controversies, including the emergence of a recording from 2005 of him making lewd remarks about women, and claims, including from members of his own party, that he was not fit for office.

But he consistently told his army of supporters that he would defy the opinion polls, which mostly had him trailing his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. He said his presidency would strike a blow against the political establishment and "drain the swamp" in Washington.

He took inspiration from the successful campaign to get Britain out of the European Union, saying he would pull off "Brexit times 10". Despite almost all the predictions, President Trump was victorious in the 2016 election. He was inaugurated as the 45th US president on 20 January 2017.

President Trump's re-election campaign has been conducted against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, in which 230,000 Americans have died, and seen the president himself become infected. First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron caught the virus too, along with a number of staff at the White House.

In the days before the election on 3 November, President Trump urged states to shun lockdowns, while continuing his schedule of rallies in battleground states.