The egotist in chief is making plans to party on Inauguration Day and turn the focus on himself, what else? Donald Trump has zero plans to meet with Joe Biden, congratulate him and have the traditional one-on-one conversation that each outgoing president has with the incoming one. He won’t leave a letter in the Resolute Desk, thereby breaking that tradition, started by a one-term Republican president with a level of decency and class that Trump can’t even imagine, let alone behave like, George H.W. Bush. He won’t even be in town when the baton of power officially passes at noon on January 20 — which poses some issues with the transference of the nuclear football. But most of all, Trump wants to stick it to Biden by having a raucous hero’s send off the morning of the Inauguration. CNN:
Initially, Trump had planned to depart the White House a day early. But he now plans to leave on the morning of January 20. His departure aboard Marine One from the White House South Lawn will likely be visible and audible to the Bidens, who will spend the night before the inauguration at Blair House, across Pennsylvania Avenue from the executive mansion. Its use was offered to them by the State Department rather than the Trumps, who refuse to make contact with the incoming president and first lady.
Final plans for Trump’s departure were still being laid a week ahead of time, but Trump has expressed interest to some in a military-style sendoff and a crowd of supporters, according to a person with whom he has discussed the matter. Whether that occurs at the White House, Joint Base Andrews or his final destination — Palm Beach International Airport — wasn’t clear. Trump is expected to be ensconced in his Mar-a-Lago club or his nearby golf course by noon on Inauguration Day, when his term officially ends.
Having the outgoing president 1,000 miles away from the incoming one provides some logistical challenges. For instance, handoff of the nuclear football — a 45-pound briefcase that accompanies the president everywhere he goes in case of nuclear attack — won’t be as simple as it would be if the two men were in each other’s vicinity.
A person familiar with the matter said the White House Military Office will ensure there are multiple nuclear footballs — one to accompany Trump to Florida and one that will be ready in Washington for when Biden officially becomes president. The nuclear codes Trump carries on a card alongside the football — the so-called “biscuit” — would no longer work past noon.
In his final days Trump has to be humored and worked around, like any madman. He is not a part of the effort to transfer power peacefully and respectfully from one administration to the next. Every other president has been on board to honor this most basic function of democracy — not Andrew Johnson, but people in modern times. John Adams and John Quincy Adams also snubbed their successors’ Inaugurations. In John Adams’ case his successor, Thomas Jefferson, had been his own vice president and heralded in a new era. Adams and Jefferson had vastly differing viewpoints on many things. That said, it was bad form, even then, to not attend one’s successor’s Inauguration.
In this case, Trump was never a real president to begin with and his administration was a freak show. We’re still playing out the final scenes and will until the very last frame. This is nothing normal, it’s a political snuff film. Expect to watch each and every norm be violated or die, because that’s who Donald Trump is.