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Trump ends tumultuous time period underneath cloud, faces unsure future By Reuters



© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump returns after visiting the U.S.-Mexico border wall, in Texas


By Steve Holland and Jeff Mason

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump leaves the presidency on Wednesday underneath a darkish cloud of his personal making, ending his single four-year time period stained by two impeachments, deep political divisions and his dealing with of a pandemic that has brought on 400,000 U.S. deaths.

Trump, 74, will bid farewell to the White Home hours earlier than President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated. That can make him the primary outgoing president since Andrew Johnson in 1869 to skip the Inauguration Day ceremony marking the formal switch of energy, in a ultimate show of pique at his failure to win re-election.

Trump and his spouse, Melania, will depart the South Garden on the Marine One helicopter for Joint Base Andrews in suburban Maryland, the place he’ll preside over a military-style sendoff earlier than boarding Air Power One one final time to fly to Florida.

His arrival at his Mar-a-Lago membership in Palm Seashore is being timed to get him behind the wall of the resort earlier than Trump’s time period as president expires at midday.

Banned from Twitter after his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, Trump used an old-school methodology – an emailed press launch – to distribute a farewell video on Tuesday by which he veered from his ordinary divisive rhetoric and sounded an upbeat message.

“Now greater than ever, we should unify round our shared values and rise above the partisan rancor, and forge our frequent future,” he mentioned. However he didn’t point out Biden, to whom he has not formally conceded.

Trump has a protracted solution to go to rebuild a picture left in tatters by his stormy presidency, significantly the ultimate months. Trump now has a singular place in historical past – as the one president ever impeached twice.

Even after Trump leaves workplace, the Senate remains to be to carry a trial on the impeachment cost introduced by the Democratic-led Home of Representatives that he incited an rebellion. Its end result might decide whether or not he shall be disqualified from working once more for president.

“He’s going to be as an asterisk president, a one-termer who did extra harm than good,” mentioned presidential historian Douglas Brinkley.

Trump maintained to his final days in workplace that the Nov. 3 election was stolen from him, in keeping with sources accustomed to the scenario.

Courts have rejected his marketing campaign’s unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud and his vice chairman, Mike Pence, led the U.S. Congress in certifying Biden’s victory over Trump’s objections, after Trump-inspired protesters had been cleared from the Capitol following a lethal assault.

The Washington that Trump leaves behind is being guarded by 25,000 Nationwide Guard troops, whereas the Nationwide Mall, historically thronged with spectators on Inauguration Day, is closed to the general public due to threats of violence from teams that attacked the Capitol.

Whereas preoccupied with combating the election outcomes, Trump didn’t put a dent within the spiraling dying toll from the coronavirus, which crossed the grim 400,000 mark in america on Tuesday, probably the most of any nation. Pandemic-related shutdowns and restrictions have additionally price hundreds of thousands of People their jobs.


Trump, a former actual property tycoon who owns 17 golf resorts around the globe, faces a huge activity rebuilding his tarnished model.

The New York Instances reported that lots of his resorts have been dropping hundreds of thousands of {dollars} and that lots of of hundreds of thousands in debt should be repaid inside a number of years.

Trump should additionally resolve learn how to keep concerned in politics as he has mentioned he’ll do. He has talked of utilizing an excellent PAC (political motion committee) for supporting candidates who attempt to oust Republicans who he believes have crossed him politically.

However whether or not he can keep his grip on the Republican Get together will stay to be seen.

“I’d predict within the not-too-distant future that American political candidates shall be extra motivated to point out that they’re in contrast to Trump than candidates after 1974 have been to point out that they have been in contrast to (Richard) Nixon,” mentioned presidential historian Michael Beschloss. Nixon resigned in 1974 over the Watergate scandal.