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Strange Facts About Donald Trump's Childhood

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Have you ever wondered what was Donald Trump's childhood like? If so, then this is the list for you. Donald Trump childhood facts are not all that easy to find. For a man so often in the public spotlight, and with so many books written about him, there are aspects of Donald Trump as a kid that we just don't know all that much about.

What we do know is that Donald Trump's childhood was better than many kids' who were born in the 1940s and 1950s. His father was a wealthy man who took Donald under his wing and taught him how to be successful in life. His mother, though quiet and reserved in public, was also a source of inspiration during Trump's formative years.

While there were certainly some hi-jinks and missteps along the way, it is easy to see from these facts how Trump became the man he is today.
  • The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II Was an Important Moment For Him

    Trump may have got his business acumen from his father, but his sense of showmanship and flair comes directly from his mother. Trump recalls watching the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II with his mother, a Scottish immigrant housewife, and the pomp and circumstance of the occasion was important to them both.

    In The Art of the Deal, he wrote, "Looking back, I realize now that I got some of my sense of showmanship from my mother. She always had a flair for the dramatic and the grand. She was a very traditional housewife, but she also had a sense of the world beyond her."
  • Trump Did Not Have Close Friends Growing Up

    It is pretty common for successful and driven people, especially at a young age, to be loners. This applies to Donald Trump as well, who was too busy learning about his father's business and too goal-oriented to make time for people his age.

    It wasn't that Trump didn't like other kids, he just didn't have the time to bother forming those close social relationships most people crave.

  • Behavior Problems Forced Him to Change Schools

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    The facts here are murky, but Trump moved from the Kew-Forest School to the New York Military Academy before he started high school. Trump's father, Fred, a wealthy real estate developer, was on the board of trustees at Kew-Forest, so for Trump to up and move schools suggests there were some issues. Indeed, his parents hoped the change of scenery would allow Donald to mature and that “the discipline of the school would channel his energy in a positive manner.”

    Trump went on to get an Ivy League education, so it worked out well.

  • Trump Commandeered His Brother's Blocks for His First Tower

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    As a real estate mogul, it probably makes sense that Trump got his start - and his shark-like instincts - off the ground at an early age. A passage in The Art of the Deal, his 1987 book, about how he needed to borrow his brother's building blocks explains:

    "I ended up using all of my blocks, and then all of his, and when I was done, I'd created a beautiful building. I liked it so much that I glued the whole thing together. And that was the end of Robert's blocks."