How and When Will Trump Leave the White House? - The United States (US) has a long history of peaceful transfer of power in the White House. That history is likely to continue, even though President Donald Trump still rejects the results of the 2020 US presidential election that won his rival Joe Biden.
How and When Will Trump Leave the White House?
As reported by Reuters on Monday (9/11/2020), Trump has yet to admit defeat by Biden, who has been declared the winner of the US presidential election after earning 290 electoral votes - far beyond the required limit of 270 electoral votes. Trump continues to make accusations of presidential election fraud.

The advisory body to the US Presidency Transition Center, made up of former White House officials who served under previous US presidents, released a statement urging the Trump administration to immediately begin the transition to power process.

Even CNN reports said Trump's wife Melania and Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, were persuading Trump to admit defeat.

So, does Trump have a deadline to leave the White House?

Yes. The US presidential election is not officially over yet. Electors - party loyalists who staunchly support the candidate who won the most votes in each state - will hold a meeting on December 14 to formally cast their ballot. The new US Congress will receive the voting results from the electors, or the so-called Electoral College on January 6, 2021.

If Biden wins the Electoral College vote, as leading US media outlets have projected, he will be sworn in on January 20, 2021, noon - the date set in the US Constitution.

Will Biden be able to make a transition to power if Trump continues to resist defeat?

Yes. Trump can only slow down Biden's transition to power.

A rule of law called the Transitional Presidential Law of 1963 makes career civil servants an important part of the power transfer process. They have a deadline to provide data and access for future officials.

Under the law, the transition process will take a very fast turn once a federal agency called the General Services Administration (GSA) - which manages federal buildings - determines the winner of the US presidential election.

At this stage, the team of the president-elect can start obtaining briefing books, disbursing budgets and sending representatives to visit government agencies.

On Sunday (8/11) local time, the US Presidential Transition Center sent a letter to GSA administrator, Emily Murphy, to encourage him to immediately recognize Biden as the winner of the 2020 US presidential election.

Despite the hostility between Trump and Biden during the campaign, the Trump administration earlier this year complied with statutory requirements to provide federal office space and government resources to Biden's campaign teams.

US government officials have been sworn in to uphold the US Constitution.

The University of Texas professor of national security law, Robert Chesney, said the oath required the recognition and appointment of Biden as the next US President if he won the Electoral College vote, regardless of what Trump said.

"I find it very difficult to believe that the military, the Secret Service, the FBI or any other part of the relevant bureaucracy would get along with Trump if the Electoral College or the court stated otherwise," said Chesney.

Will the military force Trump out if he refuses to leave the White House?

Two US military veterans raised the possibility of the military forcibly removing Trump from the White House in an 'open letter' to the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, last August.

"If Donald Trump refuses to leave office at the end of his constitutional term, the United States military must force him out, and you must give the order," reads a letter written by retired US Army officer John Nagl and retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel. , Paul Yingling.

Others, however, said such a move was better left to the US Secret Service, citing US legal principles that military personnel should avoid domestic law enforcement problems.

"We have a constitutional process for dealing with this, and the military is not involved in that situation," stressed Kori Schake, director of foreign and defense policy at the American Enterprise Institute.

If Trump really refuses to leave the White House on January 20 next year, according to Chesney, he will be an 'infiltrator' in the White House. "The Secret Service will come and escort him out," he said.

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