Photograph portrait of Donald Trump in a suit and tossing an apple in the air.  The background is blue sky with clouds.

Donald J. Trump / By Michael O’ Brien / Inkjet print, 1989 (printed 2011) / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution / Gift of Bill and Sally Wittliff / © Michael O'Brien

Inauguration 2017: Donald J. Trump

Portrait on view from January 13, 2017 - February 26, 2017
First floor

On November 8, 2016, real estate magnate, businessman, and reality television star Donald J. Trump completed a stunning rise to the presidency by defeating Hillary Rodham Clinton after one of the most volatile and divisive campaigns in recent memory. Tapping into a deep vein of populist American sentiment, Trump became the first non-politician to win the presidency since Dwight D. Eisenhower. He had earlier garnered the Republican nomination, to the surprise of that party’s establishment figures.

Trump made his fortune in New York City real estate and then expanded his empire into airline, casino, and hotel ventures both in America and abroad. This photograph—which was also the cover for his second book, Trump: Surviving at the Top (1990)—shows the brash businessman tossing an apple into the air, advertising his role in New York City’s property boom of the late 1980s. Never short on confidence, Trump leveraged his business career through the media to create the persona that launched his political career.

  • Photograph portrait of Donald Trump in a suit and tossing an apple in the air.  The background is blue sky with clouds.

    Donald J. Trump / By Michael O’ Brien / Inkjet print, 1989 (printed 2011) / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution / Gift of Bill and Sally Wittliff / © Michael O'Brien

  • Donald Trump portrait in the museum galleries, with words "Inauguration 2017: Donald J. Trump" above