Donald Trump’s desperation to ‘up-scale’ his father laid bare

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The US election is less than a month away and is poised to be one of the country’s most important ballots in recent history. As the incumbent, President Trump is looking to secure a second term in office, as Democrat candidate Joe Biden appears to surge ahead in national opinion polls every day. Even more intensity has been afforded to the November 3 election as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and following Mr Trump’s testing positive for the disease.

Having spent just three nights in hospital, Mr Trump left his ward and returned to the White House.

He now plans to attend a “big rally” in Florida – currently the country’s biggest swing state – on Tuesday.

Mr Biden, meanwhile, expressed disbelief on hearing the news, criticising the President’s administration and campaign team’s decision to go ahead with touring as reckless.

He said: “I wouldn’t show up unless you have a mask and can distance.”

Many have noted that Mr Trump’s actions following his positive test are characteristic of the “Trump” brand, with the President famous for his uncompromising rhetoric.

It appears to reflect what was required of Mr Trump in his previous career: one of New York’s wealthiest and most influential businessmen.

This unrelenting character first bloomed when Mr Trump entered the family real estate business and immediately attempted to “upscale” his father in the field, according to former New York Post journalist George Arzt who spoke during the 2017 documentary ‘Trump: An American Dream’.

He explained: “For Donald, it was important to become an upscaled version of his father.

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“A major builder, but in Manhattan, with the big boys.”

The Trump family real estate business had up until that point focused its time and money on working class districts in Brooklyn.

Close friend of the family Nikki Haskell, who also appeared in the documentary, said she knew that Mr Trump would do something big, like Trump Tower, from the moment she met him.

She said: “He had a captivating air about him.


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“I knew immediately Donald had big dreams. I always like people who think outside of the box and think bigger than life.

“His family was in the building business, but not in Manhattan.

“You want to do something small? You do it in Brooklyn. You want to do something big? You do it in Manhattan – there’s no comparison.”

After refurbishing the Commodore Hotel in New York, Mr Trump made a name for himself as an individual in real estate.

He harnessed the publicity of the takeover and restoration that would later enable him to open the high-profile and $300million (£230m) Trump Tower.

Controversy has ever since surrounded his refurbishment of the Commodore, later renamed the Grand Hyatt, after he managed to push through a 40-year, $400million (£130m) tax abatement.

When the New York City Council later contended the abatement, Mr Trump took the council to court and won.

Meanwhile, Mr Trump has found himself at odds with the US’ top infectious disease scientist, Dr Anthony Fauci.

Dr Fauci claims a clip of him used in a Presidential campaign advert is misleading.

His words that he “can’t imagine that anybody could be doing more” to fight COVID-19 appear in the ad to refer to Mr Trump specifically.

However, Dr Fauci, who has clashed with the President over coronavirus, was in fact talking about himself and other staff.

The infectious diseases expert said he had never publicly endorsed any political candidate.

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