Washington (Associated Press)-President Donald Trump’s term is coming to an end, and his unconventional attitude towards the office is usually a well-designed transfer of power. These are the six questions he faced in the last six days of taking office.
Will he talk with Biden?
Trump announced that he will become the first incumbent president in more than a century to prevent his successor from being sworn in, but he can still take steps to avoid indifference to his successor. Trump did not make a franchise call or invite Biden to the White House after winning. In fact, he has never spoken to Biden since the controversial final debate in October. But last week the White House invited Biden to spend the night in Blair House on January 1
Officials do not expect Trump to invite Biden to the White House for a traditional pre-inauguration tea on Wednesday, but they say this is still a very small possibility. They also want to know what, if any, Trump will write to his successor in the custom note that the Oval Office leaves for the next occupant.
When will he leave the town?
Traditionally, the president left the grounds of the Capitol before the swearing-in ceremony, and flew anywhere in the country on one of the planes used as Air Force One. White House officials said that because Trump skipped the incident, Trump has not yet decided how and when he will leave the White House for his residence in Palm Beach, Florida. Options under consideration include leaving Washington on the Tuesday when Biden is scheduled to arrive in the capital (or even the morning of the inauguration), possibly a few minutes after Biden is sworn in.
Are there more rookies?
In late December, the president forgave many former aides and aides, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and the father of Trump daughter Jared Kushner. Trump is considering a final round of pardons and forgiveness, possibly even closer to home. As Trump continues to face legal challenges and he may try to forgive himself, the prospects of other family members or senior aides are still the subject of internal discussions in the White House.
Will he try to increase the legacy?
Before leaving office, the president usually organizes a series of activities aimed at highlighting his achievements, seeking to defend history books. With the exception of a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border wall on Tuesday, Trump avoided trying to make a final sale for his government actions. Aides said that Trump currently does not plan to make a final farewell speech or ask reporters questions, nor does he confirm any public events on the calendar.
How will he deal with potential violence at the inauguration?
Before the inauguration ceremony, the FBI warned all 50 states and Washington of possible armed protests. After being impeached for the second time on Wednesday for inciting last week’s Capitol riots, Trump has taken action against the violence of his supporters. With law enforcement and the National Guard on high alert in Washington and across the country, Trump’s messages during the last few hours of his tenure will be closely scrutinized to look for any hints of encouraging demonstrations.
What will he do next?
From setting up an office to selecting a site for a potential presidential library, Trump has yet to make plans for his presidency. Trump has opened the door for another campaign for the White House in 2024, but the Senate may close it as soon as possible when Trump’s second impeachment trial begins next week. If convicted, Trump may be barred by the Senate from running for federal government office again, or even deprived of his pension.