The Story of an Afghan Baby Named Donald Trump

But the hoped-for good luck has yet to appear. If anything, the naming choice has only added to the family’s misfortune.

The decision to give the child a non-Muslim name angered Mr. Assadullah’s relatives so much that the family no longer felt welcome in their village in Daikundi, and moved to a rental home in Kabul.


Donald Trump’s Afghan identification document.

Jim Huylebroek for The New York Times

“I was reading Trump’s books,” Mr. Assadullah said in an interview in Kabul, as the young Donald Trump sat in his lap, his little fingers clinging to his father’s phone. “I read his book ‘How to Get Rich.’ Then I read about his background: about how he built…

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