Updated Oct 15, 2019

Donald Trump on the issues, in under 500 words

Trump at a "MAGA" rally in Florida on May 8. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump is running for re-election in 2020. He considers former Vice President Joe Biden to be his top rival. In June, he told Vladimir Putin that Russia shouldn't meddle in the next presidential election.

Key facts about Trump:
  • Age: 73
  • Born: Queens, New York City
  • Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania
  • Date filed for re-election: Jan. 20, 2017
  • Previous roles: Real-estate developer, TV personality
Trump's policies on key issues:
  • Immigration: Issued a travel ban on predominately Muslim countries after multiple legal battles. He declared a national emergency to gain federal funding for his border wall and ended the family separation portion of his "zero-tolerance" policy after bipartisan backlash.
  • Health care: Promised a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, but not until after 2020. Wants to require immigrant-visa applicants to prove they can obtain health insurance within 30 days of entering the U.S. or cover their own health costs.
    • His administration finalized a rule requiring pharmaceutical companies to post drugs' list prices in commercials — which incurred lawsuits.
  • Education: His administration requires federal student loan servicers "to refuse requests for information from third parties..." or the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Politico reports. He wants to increase federal charter school grants.
  • Climate change: Wants the U.S. to leave the Paris Climate Accord. (The U.S. can't leave until after the 2020 election.) He has a history of climate change skepticism and disagrees with findings on human-caused climate change from his own administration.
    • His administration has rolled back 85 environmental policies, per the NYT. These include lowering regulation requirements of industrial polluters via the Clean Air Act and loosening offshore drilling safety regulations implemented after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
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Editor's note: This piece has been updated with the latest information and to clarify that Jan. 20, 2017, was the date Trump filed for re-election.

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