President Donald Trump continues to howl on Twitter, between rounds of golf spreading the lie that he won the election he lost, and promising he will be in the White House come January.
But across the government, Trump oversees with actions at the Pentagon, inaction on the economy and denialism about the pandemic. The President and his allies are undercutting President-elect Joe Biden and harming the American people, even as none of them acknowledge that they’re about to be replaced, Summarizer.com reports.
Here’s how Trump is leaving things for his successor Joe Biden.
An administration officer says, the goal is to set so many fires that it will be hard for the Biden administration to put them all out.
Trump’s administration is:
- Further removing troops from Afghanistan and Iraq in the final days of Trump’s time as President.
- Contemplating new terrorist designations in Yemen that could complicate efforts to broker peace.
- Rushing through authorization of a massive arms sale that could alter the balance of power in the Middle East.
- Planning a last-minute crackdown on China.
- Floating the idea of a last-minute military strike on Iran, according to The New York Times.
- Building a wall of sanctions that make it difficult for Biden to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal Trump scuttled.
- Sending Mike Pompeo on the first-ever official visit by a US secretary of state to an Israeli settlement.
Trump’s failure to negotiate a new Covid stimulus with Congress will set Biden up for a political fight on Day One about how to help Americans hurt by the pandemic.
Here’s what expires in December without further action:
- Provisions to beef up unemployment insurance
- A deferral on student loan payments
- A paid family leave provision
- Coronavirus relief funding for states whose tax base has been decimated
- And a moratorium on evictions
Intentionally making things more difficult for Biden could set up Trump’s argument for a 2024 rematch, according to experts in the report.
And Trump’s last-minute change of civilian leadership at the Pentagon is part of this effort CNN reports.