Where does Donald Trump stand on the issues?
State: New York City, New York
Family: Wife Melania and five children, four of them grown children from two prior marriages
Current position: Real estate developer
Professional background: Built the Trump Organization, a company with real estate holdings, golf courses and hotels in many states and countries. Took four companies into bankruptcy reorganization — Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, N.J.; Trump Plaza Hotel in New York; Trump Hotels and Casinos Resorts; and Trump Entertainment Resorts. Host of NBC’s “Apprentice” and “Celebrity Apprentice” shows where contestants did business tasks, raised money for charity and a champion was chosen by Trump.
Political background: Ran for Reform Party presidential nomination in 2000. Withdrew from the race in mid-February 2000 but still won Feb. 22 Michigan primary with 2,164 votes over a slate of uncommitted delegates who received 948 votes.
Biggest campaign controversy: Trump has feud with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, who questioned his disparaging remarks about women during the first debate in Cleveland. Trump slammed Kelly the next day in remarks some critics viewed as a comment about the female reporter’s menstrual cycle. “You know, you could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever,” Trump said on CNN. “In my opinion, she was off base.” Trump skipped the Jan. 28 debate in Des Moines after Fox News refused his demand to remove Kelly.
Signature campaign line: “Our country doesn’t win anymore.”
Number of delegates: 316 of 1,237 needed to win
Flint: “A thing like that shouldn’t happen but, again, I don’t want to comment on that. They’ve got a very difficult problem, and I know the governor’s got a very difficult time going.”
Auto bailout: Supported auto bailouts in 2008 interviews. But at an August 2015 campaign press conference, he said, “I think it would have worked out the other way, too,” if Chrysler and GM had gone through normal bankruptcies instead of Obama administration-expedited bankruptcies.
Taxes: Proposes consolidating the seven income brackets of the individual income tax code into four brackets with rates of 25 percent, 20 percent, 10 percent and 0 percent (married couples earning less than $50,000 annually). Top rate would apply to individuals earning more than $150,000 annually and couple filing jointly earning more than $300,000 a year. Business income taxes would be cut to a flat 15 percent rate and the estate tax would be eliminated. Vowed to slap Ford with a punitive 35 percent tax or tariff for “every car, bumper and part” built in Mexico to discourage the Dearborn automaker from outsourcing.
Immigration: Proposes ending birthright citizenship of children born in America to parents who entered the country illegally. To curtail illegal immigration, Trump has vowed to build “a big, beautiful wall” along the U.S.-Mexican border and make Mexico pay for it with money the country reaps from American companies manufacturing goods in Mexico.
Health care: Wants repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Has voiced support for a universal, government-paid health care system, but has not offered many specifics. “I am going to take care of everybody. I don’t care if it costs me votes or not,” Trump said in a “60 Minutes” interview last fall. “Everybody’s going to be taken care of much better than they’re taken care of now.” Wants to “get rid of the lines around the states” to allow more competition for health insurance policies.
Abortion: In 2000 Reform Party run, Trump described himself as a “pro choice” — letting a woman decide whether to end a pregnancy. Now says his opinion has evolved and he’s now opposed to abortion. In a statement, opposed government funding of abortion providers as “an insult to people of conscience at the least....” But said in the Houston debate: “Millions and millions of women — cervical cancer, breast cancer — are helped by Planned Parenthood.”
Islamic State: To cut off the flow of money to the Islamic State terrorist group, Trump proposes bombing oil production facilities in Syria and Iraq. “I would just bomb those suckers,” Trump said in November. “I’d blow up the pipes, I’d blow up the refineries, I’d blow up ever single inch, there would be nothing left.”
Syrian refugees: Called for a temporary “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
Source: Detroit News research