Born in 1946, Donald Trump graduated with a B.A. from Wharton School of Business in 1968 and assumed control of his family's real estate organization in 1971. He owned at various times a large number of other businesses, and produced the show The Apprentice from 2003 to 2015. After several previous runs, Trump was elected President of the United States in 2016 and assumed the office in 2017.
Arms Trade Treaty
Trump explicitly opposes ratifying the Arms Trade Treaty. He has publicly rejected the treaty and withdrawn his official support from it.
Speech at the United Nations General Assembly, September 24, 2019
“There is no circumstance under which the United States will allow international actors to trample on the rights of our citizens, including the right to self-defense. That is why this year I announced that we will never ratify the UN Arms Trade Treaty, which would threaten the liberties of law-abiding American citizens. The United States will always uphold our constitutional right to keep and bear arms. We will always uphold our Second Amendment.”
Speech at NRA/ILA Leadership Forum, April 26, 2019
"Under my administration, we will never surrender American sovereignty to anyone. We will never allow foreign bureaucrats to trample on your Second Amendment freedom. And that is why my administration will never ratify the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty."
Arms Sales to Saudi Coalition
Trump explicitly opposes ending arms sales and military support to the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen. On an initial trip to the Kingdom in May 2017, he claimed to have brokered an arms deal worth $110 billion. Since then, he has vigorously defended the supply of weapons to the Saudis and other states. He has expressed the view that the sales help protect Americans living in the Middle East, strengthen Saudi Arabia's defenses, deter Iranian influence, support the security of the U.S. and its allies, benefit the defense industry, and shorten the war in Yemen by making it easier for the Saudi coalition to win.
Remarks before working breakfast with Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, June 28, 2019
"We’ve had some meetings on trade and economic development and on the military, of course. And the meetings have been really terrific. As you know, Saudi Arabia is a purchaser of American products and especially of America military equipment. We make the best in the world, by far. And we appreciate that they do. They create — at least a million jobs are created by the purchases made by Saudi Arabia."
Statement issued November 20, 2018
"After my heavily negotiated trip to Saudi Arabia last year, the Kingdom agreed to spend and invest $450 billion in the United States. This is a record amount of money. It will create hundreds of thousands of jobs, tremendous economic development, and much additional wealth for the United States. Of the $450 billion, $110 billion will be spent on the purchase of military equipment from Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and many other great U.S. defense contractors. If we foolishly cancel these contracts, Russia and China would be the enormous beneficiaries – and very happy to acquire all of this newfound business. It would be a wonderful gift to them directly from the United States!"
Remarks at defense roundtable, October 20, 2018
"I know it sounds easy and it sounds good, and a lot people have said, “Oh, let’s just not sell them a $110-billion order.” I guess you take it a step further, “Let’s not sell them $450 billion,” which is the largest order in the history of our country. I went there to get that order. Saudi Arabia was my first stop. And everyone thought that was unusual. But I said, I want to order — “I want you to order a tremendous amount of stuff.” Right? Everything. Your stuff and everybody’s stuff. And Wilbur [Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross] was there. They ordered $450 billion. There’s never been anything like it, or close.The last thing I want to do is say we’re not going to supply you with that, and therefore we’re going to cut — I guess, if you add the whole thing up, because just for the military was 600,000 jobs. So now if you’re talking about — that was $110 billion — you know, you’re talking about over a million jobs. You know, I’d rather keep the million jobs, and I’d rather find another solution."
Firearms Export Reclassification
Trump explicitly opposes retention of State Department oversight of firearms exports. Although there are no recorded comments from him on the issue, the Federal Register cites that he made the official determination that certain types of goods falling under the new rules should be reclassified, and his administration has proposed the changes.