Meet the Trumps: From Immigrant to President

Meet the Trumps: From Immigrant to President


Nobody knows what to expect when the Trumpocracy kicks in after the inauguration. This climb through the Trump family tree's gilded branches is unlikely to give us many clues, but it does promise an objective insight into what made Donald the man he is. Don't anticipate a Who Do You Think You Are?-style trawl back through the generations, though; it starts with Donald's German grandad, Friedrich Drumpf, who arrived on Staten Island in 1885 to seek his fortune.

But it was Friedrich’s son, Fred, who was to build the family’s real-estate empire. It all sounds a bit like the plot of The Godfather Part II. Surely a mere coincidence?


Donald Trump is the 45th President of the United States and commander in chief of America's armed forces, the most powerful position in the world. This documentary goes back to his roots, to reveal the story of his family. It reveals how Trump's penniless German grandfather arrived in America in the 1880s, and ended up running bars and brothels in the gold rush. And how his Scottish mother travelled from the Outer Hebrides to New York and worked as a maid before marrying Donald's tycoon father.

Cast & Crew

Director Paul Berczeller
Executive Producer David Glover
Executive Producer Mark Raphael