Trump and Tariffs, Boris and Brexit, have been the focus of concern over the past four years. Brexit deal done. Trump is out. Now we are able to focus on the impact of virus and vaccines as the world recovers from the pandemic.
Trump has finally come to realize he will not be the one inaugurated on the 20th of January. The shocking scenes in Washington forced the 45th President of the United States to accept Joe Biden will take office later this month. The President will now work towards an orderly transition. He will not be attending the inauguration, to assist the process.
We can but hope his right wing supporters do the same. Or at least a ring of steel will be in place in Washington to defend proceedings. Far better than the ring of silk in place around the Capitol last week. Too many lives lost so needlessly. It could easily have been far worse.
Trump is facing pressure to resign or face impeachment for a second time. "Incitement to insurrection", never a great feature on a presidential CV. The President insisted he only wanted to encourage a large peaceful protest. Not the storming of the Senate and the desecration of Nancy Pelosi's office that resulted.
Trump faced the ultimate indignity. Impeachment he can cope with but the imposition of a Twitter ban was the step too far. The President was furious, insane with anger, beyond the pale and mentally unreachable, the reports from the White House.
He had been forced to make a conciliatory broadcast, to denounce the violence. "The recording had the slight air of a hostage video, in which a captive is made to read words written for him." according to Gerard Baker in the Times today.
Trump's days as a hostage in the White House are numbered. Nancy Pelosi is taking no risks. The keys to the nuclear launch codes are out or reach. In Washington last week, it was the worst of times, the best is yet to come, hopefully within days ...
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