The America We Deserve

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The America We Deserve
AuthorDonald Trump
Dave Shiflett
CountryUnited States
SubjectPublic policy
PublisherRenaissance Books
Publication date
January 2000
Preceded byTrump: The Art of the Comeback (1997) 
Followed byTrump: How to Get Rich (2004) 

The America We Deserve is a book about public policy written by American businessman (and later, 45th U.S. President) Donald Trump and author Dave Shiflett.[1] It was published in January 2000, while Trump was considering running for president in that year's election on the Reform Party's ticket.[2] The book lists and details a set of policy proposals Trump intended to implement should he ever become president.[1]

Positions and proposals[edit]

In the book, Trump expresses anti-illegal-immigration views similar to those that he espoused when he ran for president successfully in 2016. 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."[3]

Trump also endorsed some proposals he would abandon by his 2016 election run. For example, he proposed a 14.25% wealth tax on individuals and trusts valued at more than $10 million.[4] The book also supports a universal health care system.[5]

Alleged prediction of terrorism[edit]

During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump frequently cited the book on the campaign trail as proof that he predicted the September 11 attacks.

Fact-checkers disputed some of Trump's claims.[6] Contrary to his claims in a 2015 interview with Alex Jones, the book only "makes a single reference to bin Laden":[7]

One day we're told about a shadowy figure with no fixed address named Osama bin-Laden is public enemy number one, and US jetfighters lay waste to his camp in Afghanistan. He escapes back under some rock, and a few news cycles later it’s on to a new enemy and new crisis.[7]

The book "doesn't warn 'we better be careful with this guy named Osama bin Laden.' It doesn't say the U.S. 'better take him out.' And Trump's reference to bin Laden as someone 'nobody really knew' at the time is wrong, too."[7]

According to Rebecca Kaplan of CBS News, Trump wrote that "we're in danger of the sort of terrorist attacks that will make the [1993] bombing of the Trade Center look like kids playing with firecrackers." Kaplan stated that "Trump was, in fact, right that there was a terror attack far greater in scale than the 1993 World Trade Center bombings, which killed six people and injured more than 1,000. The Sept. 11 attacks killed nearly 3,000. He was off-base about other aspects, though. Trump predicted the terror plot would be the result of the miniaturization of weapons like nuclear bombs or a canister of anthrax." Additionally, "[Trump] merely pointed [to] bin Laden as an illustration of haphazard foreign policy—not to predict that bin Laden would be responsible for the next attack against the U.S."[6]


In the February 2000 issue of The American Spectator, Shiflett wrote that the book "will appeal to the established Trump constituency, but also hopes to show the author as worthy of wider support."[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Sankin, Aaron (2015-08-23). "Donald Trump's 15-year-old book on public policy reveals what kind of president he'd be". The Daily Dot. Archived from the original on 2018-07-28. Retrieved 2016-12-11.
  2. ^ Selby, Gardner (2016-04-12). "Donald Trump fully flip-flops, lately opposes ban on assault weapons". Politifact Texas. Politifact. Archived from the original on 2019-05-07. Retrieved 2016-12-11.
  3. ^ Matthews, Dylan (2016-07-07). "Zero-sum Trump". Vox. Archived from the original on 2019-05-06. Retrieved 2017-06-13.
  4. ^ Wiegel, David (2011-04-15). "Enter the Donald, Take Two". Slate. Archived from the original on 2018-07-20. Retrieved 2016-12-13.
  5. ^ "The America We Deserve, by Donald Trump". Archived from the original on 2020-11-11. Retrieved 2020-08-23.
  6. ^ a b Kaplan, Rebecca (November 26, 2015). "Fact check: Did Donald Trump predict the 9/11 attacks?". CBS News.
  7. ^ a b c Kiely, Eugene (December 2, 2015). "Trump's bin Laden 'Prediction'".
  8. ^ Shiflett, Dave (February 1, 2000). "The America We Deserve Review". The American Spectator. Archived from the original on January 25, 2021. Retrieved December 11, 2016.

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