From real estate tycoon to president: How Donald Trump stormed to the White House
Speaking to a room full of employees and actors paid £40 to cheer him on, the billionaire attacked Mexico for sending rapists to America and threatened a trade war with China.
He set out an isolationist and populist policy agenda and bypassed the mainstream media by Tweeting his views. And that was just the beginning.
Over the next 18 months Mr Trump, who has no experience at all in politics, defied and shocked the world to propel himself into the White House.
The real estate tycoon achieved what he called in one speech ‘Brexit plus, plus, plus’ and, just like the campaign for Brexit in the UK, he did it despite being ridiculed all the way.
Donald Trump flying over the New York City skyline
His father, Fred, would never have thought he would have outdone him at the family business
Mr Trump was derided by the liberal media including website The Huffington Post which initially put campaign stories in their entertainment section.
But Mr Trump tapped into something that nobody else saw; anger, especially among white working class voters, that they had been forgotten and left behind.
Voters did not care that he was politically incorrect and that he caused offence.
What mattered is that he appeared to mean what he say and that he would shake things up in Washington.
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Voters did not care that he was politically incorrect and that he caused offence
For liberals Mr Obama represented hope and change in 2009. For those on the right, Mr Trump represents exactly the same thing in 2017.
Mr Trump’s late father Fred, a real estate developer from Queens, New York, could never have imagined that his son would have outdone him at the family business, let alone become his country’s President.
Fred Trump sent his son to a military school to curb his rebellious streak and it worked, only Donald came back even more competitive and ambitious.
Where his father focused on real estate in Brooklyn, Mr Trump was interested in Manhattan because it could make him more money.
He built an empire of casinos, condos and hotels including Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue, which remains his most famous property.
In the 1990s Mr Trump nearly lost it all but bounced back and turned his name into a brand thanks to his first book ‘The Art of the Deal’, which turned him into a household name.
Donald Trump was host of The Apprentice
His most famous role was as the host of The Apprentice in which he deployed his famous catchphrase: ‘You’re fired’.
A father-of-five, Mr Trump was married and divorced twice before meeting his current wife Melania, 46, a former model from Slovenia, who is now First Lady.
Mr Trump launched his campaign for the Presidency in the lobby of Trump Tower and essentially turned the contest into a giant reality show, with votes replacing viewing figures.
He railroaded establishment Republican candidates to win the party’s nomination during combative debates in which he ridiculed the likes of Jeb Bush, the brother of George W Bush.
Mr Trump had a skeleton campaign staff, zero ground game and relied on Twitter and his boisterous rallies to get his message across.
He faced far more scandals than his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton but nothing seemed to sink him.
Mr Trump’s poll numbers cratered when he insulted the father of a Muslim American soldier who died serving in Iraq – but they later recovered.
Voters did not mind that he is the first President in modern times not to release his tax returns.
A leaked copy of his 1996 tax return showed a £716 million loss which meant he could have avoided paying taxes for 20 years.
It did not appear to matter that more than a dozen women accused Mr Trump of sexually assaulting them.
A video emerged of Mr Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women and how he liked to ‘grab ‘em by the p****’ and he said that women should be ‘punished for getting an abortion’. He survived it.
Mr Trump has been criticised for potential conflicts of interests over The Trump Organization, his sprawling real estate empire.
Trump tweets his way through Presidency
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Express reports Donald Trump's tweets since elected as President of the United States.
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His announcement that his sons will run it was condemned by ethics experts. Then there is Russia.
Mr Trump has repeatedly praised its President Vladimir Putin despite the CIA concluding that Moscow meddled with the US election to stop Mrs Clinton from being elected.
Some of Mr Trump’s advisors are being investigated by the FBI for their links to the Kremlin.
Wikileaks published hundreds of damaging emails which were hacked from Mrs Clinton’s campaign by the Russians who handed them over.
On top of that a ‘dirty dossier’ emerged weeks ago written by a former British spy which claimed that the Russians had a video of Mr Trump and two Russian prostitutes that could use to blackmail him.
Mr Trump dismissed it as ‘fake news’ but by then it did not matter – he had already been elected.
Mr Trump has never been one to lack in self-belief and, to his critics, is arrogant, narcissistic and thin-skinned.
Yet having been beholden to nobody during his campaign he is now beholden to nobody in the White House, making his power absolute.