A.On Sunday evening it was that time again: the White House sent two photos. They show Donald Trump, behind them the flag and the presidential seal, in the Situation Room – during the virtual G-20 summit. So in governing. Hasn’t existed for a long time.
Almost three weeks after the presidential election and a good two weeks after the victory of Joe Biden, 78, Trump, 74, barely attends any official appointments. The average schedule of appointments, which once often contained a dozen appearances per day, now almost always says: “THE PRESIDENT has not planned any public events.”
While the corona epidemic is keeping the United States in suspense (over 256,000 dead, 12 million infections, 83,000 corona infected people currently in hospitals), the incumbent president is noticeably disappearing.
Trump made a statement on the situation last Friday. But it was rather dutiful. But what was the main thing that got stuck? That he once again did not acknowledge his electoral defeat, raised allegations, and showed self-pity.
What is particularly noticeable at the moment: Once again, he did not allow any reporter questions. Trump, who spoke to journalists several times a day before his election defeat, has not answered any questions for around three weeks.
Actually, it seems, Trump has long ceased to rule. Well, last week he was still quickly driving controversial oil drilling in a nature reserve in Alaska. Well, Trump is filling vacancies and firing top officials who don’t suit him. Consistently and reliably, however, the “lame duck” president devotes himself solely to the game of golf. He found time for this on the two days of the last weekend. Will Trump at least, as is traditionally customary, pardon a turkey shortly before American Thanksgiving on Thursday?
The incumbent president, who has to vacate the White House for his successor Biden by January 20, 2021, has long been pondering his personal and political future. At the center of Trump’s considerations (“I won the election”) is a candidacy for the 2024 presidential election – indirectly admitting his defeat three weeks ago.
American presidents can serve a maximum of two terms. Such an announcement that he would like to know again in four years’ time could be made this year, Trump is said to have told confidants, reports the Washington Post. He would be 78 years old in the 2024 election – like Biden now.
Former Trump adviser Sam Nunberg told the newspaper that Trump’s 2016 election victory was great, yes “historic”. Should Trump recapture the presidency in 2024, this would be “the comeback of all political comebacks”.
The incumbent president should therefore also consider how he could achieve maximum financial income with minimal effort, for example for paid speeches – or with rallies for which admission has to be paid. Trump is an electrifying speaker, tens of thousands often came to his rallies before the Covid crisis, and several thousands of listeners since the epidemic.
“If you get 30,000 people to come and you bill them $ 5, that’s real money,” an unnamed Republican with regular White House contacts told the Washington Post.
Also, according to the newspaper report, Trump is considering writing memoirs and appearing on television. It has been speculated for months that Trump could found or buy a television station. He fell out with the right-wing television station Fox News, which had been loyal for years.
Trump attacks Fox regularly – these attacks could be the basis for promoting a “Trump TV” project.
Either way: Trump needs money. The real estate mogul and failed casino operator will have to pay more than $ 400 million in schools over the next four years. Many of his companies, such as the Trump Hotel in Washington, are not running. In addition, once Trump has left the White House, he will have to prepare for various legal disputes. These processes could also end costly.
Trump’s financial troubles are one reason why he is covering various states with lawsuits (some of which have long since failed) against the presidential election. At the same time, Trump, members of his family clan and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani are calling on supporters of the outgoing president to donate.
“Donate $ 5 NOW to help me”
On Sunday alone Trump fans received several e-mails on behalf of the incumbent president, also from “Team Trump”, from Trump’s son Eric and Giuliani. “Despite attempts by the left to undermine this election, I will NEVER stop fighting for YOU,” said an email sent to fans on behalf of Trump on Sunday: “Donate $ 5 NOW to stand by me and defend the integrity of our choice. “
The frequency with which Trump addresses his supporters has not decreased since the election. It is all the more striking that he has so far been little involved in the by-elections of two senators in Georgia on January 5, 2021 and the challenging election campaign of the Republicans there. So far, Trump has also refrained from resuming the rallies he loves.
Meanwhile, there is a strong crunch in Trump’s environment. His campaign distanced itself on Sunday from his lawyer Sidney Powell, who had only made wild allegations of election fraud at a press conference with Giuliani a few days ago. Powell was “not a member of Trump’s legal team,” wrote Trump’s campaign about the woman who only appeared on Thursday at the Republican Party headquarters in Washington during a one and a half hour press conference.
Here Powell had claimed that the presidential election was influenced by communist money from Venezuela and China. Attorney Giuliani, who apparently had hair dye on his face at this appearance, has since distanced himself from Powell.