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J_William_Ryan's Journal
J_William_Ryan's Journal
September 27, 2020

"Trump refuses to leave office" - what exactly does that mean?

Almost daily we hear references to Trump refusing to leave office should he fail to win reelection this November.

Do we know how that might play out?

At some point shortly after the election the transition process begins.

For example, the Oval Office is completely stripped down and emptied – including removing the rug down to the bare floor.

President elect Biden along with immediate staff members will start to receive intelligence and other briefings, meet with military leaders, meet with members of the intelligence community, and address Secret Service and other WH security issues.

A series of ongoing meetings will be scheduled between members of the Biden transition team and their opposite numbers in the WH.

Indeed, Trump will be expected to invite president elect Biden to meet with him at the WH.

Biden West Wing staff members will be issued their credentials, assigned to WH phone, email, and network access, and assigned to offices – and they’ll be moving into those offices come January 21, 2021, if not sooner.

The transition from one administration to another will be facilitated by Federal agencies with Federal workers in a robotic fashion, consistent with the law, policy, and over 200 years of tradition – oblivious to a soon-to-be former president ‘refusing to leave.’

Last, plans will be underway for Biden’s inauguration, with members of Congress, the judiciary, the Washington political establishment, and thousands of Americans in attendance.

Given all of this and more, what exactly are the mechanics of Trump ‘refusing to leave’?

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