Sporting his trademark hat, which says “Make America Great Again”, United States President Donald Trump was seen playing golf at his golf course in northern Virginia, just a few miles from the White House when he was notified that he had lost to Democratic candidate Joe Biden in the Presidential Race.
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Following the developments, as his motorcade drove through a swarm of supporters from his campaign as well as Biden’s, Trump and his campaign team remained adamant that they will not accept defeat without a nasty fight, with a statement being issued from President which said,
“The election is not over yet. We all know that Joe Biden is in a hurry to misrepresent himself as the winner, why are his media colleagues helping him?” They don’t want the truth to come out.”
As things stand, in two months’ time President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn as the US’ 46th President after winning more than 270 Electoral College votes, which gives him the right to replace Trump whether he likes it or not.
However, with Trump alleging that the election process was fraudulent and was manipulated to oust him out of the White House, the question arises regarding what will be Biden’s course of action if Trump refuses to leave the White House.
So far, in America’s 244-year history, no President has ever refused to leave the White House after a loss in the elections, with the shift in power carried out through legal and peaceful means, which has been the hallmark of American democracy.
Despite Trump’s claims of the elections being rigged and against him, in the court of law, he has been unable to present any evidence to suggest the same.
However, with Trump now threatening legal action, it seems the Biden camp has been in close touch with its lawyers.
The fact of the matter is that legal action will only create a situation of chaos and delay the process of appointment, and it certainly does not mean that Trump can hold back in Biden becoming the President.
Most importantly, Biden’s camp recently pointed out the outcome of Trump’s attempts to not vacate the official residence and office of the United States President.
“As we said on July 19, the American people will decide this election,” And the United States government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House,” said Biden’ spokesman Andrew Bates.
Earlier in June, when Biden was asked about what actions he could take if Trump refused to follow suit, he had stated that the US Army will do the work for him.
“I thought about it.” “(I am confident) that if such a situation arises, the army will ensure that he (Trump) does not remain president and he will be thrown out of the White House.”
Moreover, according to the BBC, in such a situation, the Secret Service, which is the US federal law enforcement agency under the Department of Homeland Security, can come in handy as they are responsible for providing security to former Presidents.
What is important to note is what is the protocol under the US Constitution, which according to inputs HT, states – “The US constitution does not say anything about how to remove a president who has refused to hand over power but if Trump maintains his stance, he is likely to face pressure from his party and the Congress. Therefore, Trump is likely to concede eventually, however, there is no guarantee of this.”
However, despite Trump’s refusal to concede to Biden, it is suggested that he will eventually vacate the White House at the end of his term.
According to the ET – “Trump is not expected to ever formally concede, according to people close to him, but is likely to grudgingly vacate the White House at the end of his term. His ongoing efforts to paint the election as unfair are seen both as an effort to soothe a bruised ego and to show his loyal base of supporters that he is still fighting. That could be key to keeping them energized for what comes next.”
Be it Trump leaves gracefully or amid chaos, he certainly has decided that he will not go out without a bang. On Monday (November 09), Trump fired Defence Secretary Mark Esper while announcing his replacement in Christopher C Mills, head of the National Counterterrorism Center, who will no act as the head of the defense department.
The President took to Twitter to make the announcement – “I am pleased to announce that Christopher C Miller, the highly respected Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (unanimously confirmed by the Senate), will be Acting Secretary of Defense, effective immediately,”
Chris will do a GREAT job! Mark Esper has been terminated. I would like to thank him for his service.”
The decision to fire Esper is seen as another step of destabilizing a government which has already been navigating Trump’s refusal to accept defeat to Biden.