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Trump leaves town an outcast, trailed by pandemic, job losses

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Bloomberg1/20/2021 9:45 AM GMT+08  • 8 min read
Trump leaves town an outcast, trailed by pandemic, job losses
If convicted, Congress may bar Trump from running for federal office ever again.
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Donald Trump departs Washington on Wednesday, Jan 20, with Americans more politically divided and more likely to be out of work than when he arrived, while awaiting trial for his second impeachment -- an ignominious end to one of the most turbulent presidencies in American history.

Trump intends to leave in the morning for his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, arriving before President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated. There, the ex-president will begin his post-presidency life attended at least temporarily by a handful of former White House staffers.

The last president who chose not to attend his successor’s inauguration was Andrew Johnson in 1869, another impeached leader. While Trump’s absence will break more than a century of precedent that has reinforced the peaceful transfer of power in the US, Biden has said it’s a “good thing” Trump won’t observe his swearing-in.

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