US President Donald Trump has not yet accepted his defeat. Still, the day of his departure from the White House is drawing closer. So what is the 74-year-old up to?
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Trust is part of every election campaign – and if Donald Trump isn’t lacking in one thing, it’s there. But even by his standards, the US president leaned way out the window when he claimed he was going to take on “the worst candidate” ever. What if he lost to Democrat Joe Biden? “Maybe I should leave the country,” the Republican scoffed in mid-October. Trump still opposes his defeat to Biden. But in all likelihood, he will have to leave the White House on January 20. What happens to Trump after that? His opponents would like to see the 74-year-old in court.
- Trump remains influential
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It is foreseeable that Trump – who has always insisted that he is not a professional politician – will disappear from Washington but will not be forgotten. “Trump will likely prove to be more resilient than expected and will almost certainly remain a powerful and disruptive force in American life,” wrote the New York Times.
Trump may have been voted out, Trumpism, his ideology, is not a thing of the past. The rumbling president got more than 70 million votes in the election, almost every second voter would have wished him a second term. In an election survey by the Washington Examiner, 38 percent of Republican supporters said that if he was defeated, he should run for president again. Legally, there is nothing against him if he wants to run again in 2024.
Trump must continue to attract attention through his Twitter account with more than 88 million subscribers, it is his private account. After four years of constant fire on his Twitter account @realdonaldtrump, it is foreseeable that Trump will continue to comment on world events via tweets – after all, he did before his presidency.
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Legally, things could become uncomfortable for Trump after he was forced to leave the White House. In anticipation of Trump’s defeat, the Washington Post went to the trouble of drafting “a criminal record for a former president” before the election. The paper cited violations of campaign finance laws, corruption and obstruction of justice as possible charges. The latter is primarily focused on the Russia investigations by FBI investigator Robert Mueller.
Mueller found no evidence of secret agreements between the Trump camp and representatives of Russia before the 2016 election. In his final report last March, Mueller made it clear that no charges could be brought against a president during his tenure. But he also wrote that “a president has no immunity after leaving office”.
- Could Trump forgive himself?
Trump called the Russia investigation a “witch hunt.” He must respond in the same way if he is prosecuted after leaving the White House. During the Mueller investigation, Trump wrote on Twitter in June 2018, “As has been stated by numerous legal scholars, I have an absolute right to pardon myself, but why would I do this if I have not done anything wrong?” Whether Trump is actually allowed to do this is controversial – should he take such a step in his final weeks in office, it would be a first in US history.
It is true that President Richard Nixon also received a blank check for his time in the White House, which ended with his dismissal for the Watergate affair. . Has committed or may have committed or participated in from January 1969 to August 9, 1974 “. It was not spoken by Nixon himself, but by his successor in office, the previous Vice President Gerald Ford.
- The catch with self-forgiveness
Former prosecutor Elie Honig said in a July response to CNN that Trump’s self-forgiveness likely wouldn’t last. “But it’s almost no downside for Trump to at least try to see if it holds up. A weak shield is better than no shield at all, at least for someone who values self-protection more than the rule of law.”
Even if Trump got away with it, self-forgiveness would have a catch: It would only apply to crimes at the federal level. For example, she would not influence the proceedings at the Manhattan prosecutor’s office, which, among other things, concerns Trump’s finances. The prosecutors asked for his tax documents, among other things, which Trump has opposed publication for years. Critics are convinced he has something to hide.
Professionally, Trump could go back to his roots: he could get another TV show, as a reality TV star he was extremely successful. It has also been repeatedly speculated that Trump could run his own station after his political commitment. Above all, he could take back the leadership of the Trump organization, which is mainly active in the real estate sector and operates hotels and golf courses, among other things.
After his election victory in 2016, Donald Trump handed over the management of the corporate conglomerate to his sons Eric and Donald Junior. But he remained the owner even though he had promised to “completely isolate” himself from his business. Critics accused him of conflicts of interest – and accused him of making a profit through the presidency. These allegations shouldn’t be over once Trump leaves office.
- How Trump collected the taxpayer
“Since his first month in office, Trump has used his power to direct American taxpayers – and his political supporters – millions into his own company,” the Washington Post wrote shortly before the election. For example, during the president’s meeting with then-Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the spring of 2018, Trump’s Mar-a-Lago vacation home in Florida gave the US government $ 13,700 ($ 11,580) for rooms, $ 16,500 for food and wine and $ 6,000 for Flowers charged.
The Washington Post reported that his company has received at least $ 2.5 million from the US government since Trump took office. Plus, there would be at least $ 5.6 million for his campaign team’s events at his estate – money that flowed to Trump’s company. That may not be a criminal offense, but it is always morally questionable. According to a Washington Post count, Trump visited his clubs and hotels more than 280 times in his first term. Trump told The Hill newspaper before the 2016 election that if he won, he would barely have time to leave the White House because of all the work.
- Billions lost to the presidency?
Trump has always denied that he would benefit from his office – quite the contrary. He claimed his political involvement cost him billions of dollars due to lost earnings. “It doesn’t matter if I lost $ 2 billion, $ 5 billion or less,” Trump said in October 2019. “I’m doing it for the country. I’m doing it for the people.” At the time, after a storm of outrage, Trump should have put aside his plans to hold the G7 summit at one of his Florida hotels.
According to estimates by Forbes magazine in September, Trump’s fortune actually shrank from $ 3.1 billion to $ 2.5 billion within a year. On the ‘Forbes’ list of the 400 richest Americans, Trump fell from 275th to 352nd. ” However, Forbes’ commitment as president does not see Trump’s commitment as president as the reason for this development – but the corona pandemic, affecting the value of office buildings, hotels and resorts.