Inside Donald Trump’s Last Days in the White House and Plans for a Return
On the morning of November 7, 2020, the Saturday after the presidential election, President Donald Trump had just approached the seventh hole tee shirt at his golf course in Sterling, Va., When a phone from an assistant rang with news from Jared Kushner. : All major media, including Fox News, were about to call Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential election.
Mr. Trump had tweeted on his way to the course that he had won “A LOT!” But he didn’t display any of that energy in all caps as he leaned the phone against his ear. Dressed in a dark sweater and slacks with white golf shoes and a matching MAGA cap, Mr. Trump calmly listened to his son-in-law as he strolled on the manicured grass under a clear blue sky. He hung up, casually returned the phone to an assistant, and completed the last 12 holes, as more than a dozen golf carts full of government aides and Secret Service agents followed him.
When Mr. Trump finally made his way to the clubhouse in his personalized cart – with a presidential seal sewn onto the seat – club members cheered him on on the back patio. “Don’t worry,” Mr. Trump told them. “It’s not over yet.”
But the elections were well and truly over. What wasn’t finished was the tenure he’d won four years earlier, and on November 7 one of the most pressing questions for staff members was how to fill his schedule. “Let’s do whatever we couldn’t do because of all the distractions, and have fun,” Hope Hicks, a longtime Trump aide, told the president’s team at the campaign headquarters. in Arlington, Virginia.
Mr. Trump had won many more votes than his team had expected, with surprising support from black and Hispanic men. He was immediately the runaway favorite for the party’s 2024 nomination, and Ms Hicks was expressing that vibe with her suggestion of a flippant reminder. But around the table in a glass-walled conference room, Trump’s oldest sons channeled their father’s reaction. “What you’re talking about isn’t even an option,” replied Donald Trump, Jr., who called the meeting. “He’s a non-starter,” added Eric Trump.