Trump’s grandpa was banned from Germany for failing to serve military
Donald Trump’s grandfather was kicked out of Germany in early 1900s for failing to do the mandatory military service, a German historian has claimed amid the US President-elect’s rhetoric on immigration.
A local council letter from 1905 informed Friedrich Trump – who had become a US citizen – that he would not be granted his German citizenship back and that he had eight weeks to leave the country or be deported, CNN quoted historian Roland Paul as saying.
It is understood the notice was issued after the German authorities discovered that he had never carried out military service before emigrating to America. He also claimed that Friedrich had illegally left Germany, failing to notify authorities of his plan to immigrate.
Friedrich, who built up a fortune through restaurants and boarding houses after arriving in America as an immigrant, was born in the Bavarian town of Kallstadt.
The Trump camp did not immediately respond to questions on the research, the network said. The findings have sparked interest as President-elect Trump has vowed to launch a crackdown on illegal immigration during his election campaign. “Trump talks against illegal immigration, so I think he should remember his own family story from time to time,” Paul said.
Trump proposed a wall be built between the US and Mexico as part of his anti-immigration drive. He has also threatened to deport undocumented migrants who have committed crimes in the US. Since his shocking election victory, Trump has vowed to deport three million illegal immigrants from the US.