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18 Interesting Facts About Donald Trump That You Should Know

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

Trump in Home Alone 2
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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.(1, 2)


14. Donald Trump once tried to stop the building of a windfarm in Scotland because it would ruin the view from his golf resort. 

Donald Trump's Golf Resort
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Trump has repeatedly threatened to use his financial powers to oppose a wind turbine project because it ruins the view from his £750 million golf resort which also overlooks the North Sea. He even went on to threaten to pause the development of his second 18-hole golf course at the resort because the windfarm would decrease the financial viability of his resort. However, the Scottish ministers have chosen to ignore Trump’s threats and have given a green signal to the experimental windfarm.(source)


15. In 2012, Trump banned Glenfiddich whiskey company because it sponsored the Top Scot award, which was given to his arch critic and neighbor, Michael Forbes, who refused to vacate his land to make way for Trump’s golf course.

Donald Trump and GLENFIDDICH
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Michael Forbes, the closest resident to Trump’s golf course, won the Top Scot award after a public vote, beating the Olympic tennis gold medalist Andy Murray. Trump criticized it and said that he has banned every brand of whiskey sold by William Grant & Sons from his resorts and hotels because their leading brand Glenfiddich sponsored the ceremony. He even went on to say that the decision was an insult to both Andy Murray and Scotland itself, and that the distillers in question are jealous of his own inhouse single malt whiskey brand. Addressing Trump’s allegation that the voting was fixed, the company said that it had nothing to do with the voting and that Glenfiddich has been sponsoring for 15 years now.(source)

16. Between 1996 and 2015, Trump owned part or all of the Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA beauty pageants.

Donald Trump Beauty Pageants
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When Trump sold his interests, Trump owned the beauty pageants and when he was dissatisfied how CBS scheduled his pageants he took both Miss Universe and Miss USA to NBC in 2002. Trump was also involved in some controversies regarding the pageants. When the 2006 winner of Miss USA was tested positive for cocaine, he let her keep the crown for the sake of giving her a second chance.

In 2015, NBC and Univision ended their business with Miss Universe organization because of his negative speech about Mexican immigrants in his presidential campaign. Trump later filed a $500 million lawsuit against Univision, alleging breach of contract and defamation. Later that year in September, he bought NBC’s stake and became the sole owner of Miss Universe Organization, but sold his interests to WME/IMG.(source)


17. Atlantic City, New Jersey, once tried to give the home of a retired woman to Trump using eminent domain so that he could build a parking lot for limousine. They later lost in court.

Trump Plaza and Vera Coking's House
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The husband of the retired homeowner of Atlantic City, Vera Coking, bought the property at 127 South Columbia Place as a summertime retreat for $20,000 in 1961. Before Trump, she declined the offer of $1 million by a magazine publisher who wanted to build the Penthouse Boardwalk Hotel and Casino in the 1970s. In 1993, Donald Trump bought several lots around his Atlantic City casino and hotel in order to build a parking lot for limousines. But, Cooking refused to sell her property to him and was threatened the city using the power of eminent domain, which allows the government to take private property for public use. She fought the local authority with the help of Institute of Justice and was able to win the case.(source)

18. Trump has been sued 3,500 times by his business partners, contractors, clients, employees and banks. 

Donald Trump and Lawsuits
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Among the 3,500 legal cases that Donald Trump was involved in over the last three decades, 1,900 were against Trump or one of his companies, in 1,450 of them they were defendants, 150 of them were about bankruptcy and other cases. Also, Trump was named in at least 169 lawsuits in the federal court. There were also several other cases in a court in Florida since 1983. The topics of these cases include contract disputes, defamation claims, allegations of sexual harassment and rape, and tax disputes, with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance obtaining tax liens against his properties for nonpayment of taxes.(source)


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