TRUMPbooks:The America We Deserve
|Country||United States of America|
|Preceded by||Trump: The Art of the Comeback (1997)|
|Followed by||Trump: How to Get Rich (2004)|
The America We Deserve is a book about public policy written by American businessman Donald Trump, later President of the United States, along with the help of author Dave Shiflett. It was published in January 2000, while Trump was considering running for president in that year's election on the Reform Party's ticket. The book lists and details a set of policy proposals Trump intended to implement should he ever become president.
Positions and proposals
When he ran for president successfully in 2016, Trump frequently cited the book on the campaign trail as proof that he predicted the September 11 attacks that occurred in 2001. This is because he mentioned Osama Bin Laden in the book; however, Trump did not predict that Bin Laden would commit a terrorist attack against the United States. Trump also incorrectly claimed (e.g. in a 2015 interview with Alex Jones) that Bin Laden was not very well known in 2000, and that Trump personally called for someone to "take him out".
Trump also predicted that a major terror attack would soon occur in the U.S., writing, "I really am convinced we're in danger of the sort of terrorist attacks that will make the bombing of the Trade Center look like kids playing with firecrackers." He also expressed anti-illegal immigration views similar to those he espoused during his 2016 presidential campaign; for example, he wrote, "A liberal policy of immigration may seem to reflect confidence and generosity. But our current laxness toward illegal immigration shows a recklessness and disregard for those who live here legally."
Trump also proposed a 14.25% tax on individuals and trusts valued at more than $10 million.
In The American Spectator, Shiflett wrote that "will appeal to the established Trump constituency, but also hopes to show the author as worthy of wider support." Walter Kirn of New York wrote that all the jokes in the book were unintended, and described its best joke as the fact that "Trump seems to think he's writing out of pity, and campaigning because he cares."
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