CNN is reporting that Donald Trump has told advisers that he will refuse to leave the White House on Inauguration Day. Aides report being alarmed by Trump saying this, knowing that Secret Service escorting a president out of the White House would not be such a good look. If Trump is still in the White House at noon on January 20th, he will be escorted out in humiliating fashion. While Trump as a former president will have some Secret Service protection, the agency will be operating under the Biden administration at that point and can order Trump’s security detail to stand down.
It’s also quite likely Trump disappears at Christmas time or takes Air Force One down to Florida for an Inauguration Day campaign rally. Refusing to leave altogether would be the most dramatic option. His supporters would love the defiance and there would be nothing better for ratings and shock value. For a president driven by his own self-interest, it’s clearly an option he’s been considering. While it would provide great entertainment, a move like this would be horrible for democracy and further tarnish America’s image in the world.
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