Eek!

It’s 12 months today since Donald Trump was elected president of the United States.

Trump, who’s probably now the best known person on the face of the planet, needs no introduction.

A little known fact however is that at age 70, he is the oldest person ever to be elected president – he’s actually now 71.

He is the first president without prior military or government service and one of just five presidents to lose the popular vote, but win a majority of the electoral college.

A grandfather, Trump has been married three times, and has five children and nine grandchildren.

He married his third wife, Slovenian model Melania Knauss, on January 22, 2005.

Trump rose to prominence as a real estate developer and host of the reality television show The Apprentice.

He claims to have begun his career with “a small loan of one million dollars” from his father.

His business career has focused mainly on building and renovating office towers, hotels, casinos, and of course golf courses.

Since being elected president his sons, Donald Jr and Eric, have been taking care of the family business – the Trump Organisation.

He is listed as the 544th richest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of $3.5 billion.

Trump’s political affiliations have changed many times over the years.

Prior to 1987 he was a Democrat, but then in 1987 – he registered as a Republican.

It wasn’t his first crack at the presidency either. He had a go back in 2000 when he sought the nomination of the Reform Party.

Trump says he has always wanted to try his hand at politics and after declaring his candidacy for the presidency in 2015, he defied the odds to defeat more fancied Democrat Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president of the United States.

His first year in the top job have been marred by a series of controversies, starting with an executive order to ban travel to the US from several Muslim countries, the controversial dismissal of FBI director James Comey and his decision to withdraw from both the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

He has also unsuccessfully attempted to repeal the Obamacare health package and has made threats against North Korea’s Kim Jong-un that many people fear could lead to the start of a nuclear war.

Let’s not forget his run in with our PM Malcolm Turnbull either over what he described as the “dumb deal” to resettle 1250 illegal immigrants in the United States that were being held in Nauru and on Manus Island.

Whatever you may think, President D. J. Trump certainly breaks the mould.

The question is: where to from here?

Riley

Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.