Trump has been consumed by the unraveling of his presidency during his last days in office, according to people around him, which included a casual discussion among advisers recently about a possible resignation.
Trump shut the idea down almost immediately. And he has made clear to aides in separate conversations that mere mention of President Richard Nixon, the last president to resign, was banned.
He told one adviser during an expletive-laden conversation recently never to bring up the ex-president ever again. During the passing mention of resigning this week, Trump told people he couldn’t count on Vice President Mike Pence to pardon him like Gerald Ford did Nixon, anyway.
Trump now plans to leave the WH on inauguration morning and has told people he wants a big send-off. He’s shut down discussion of resigning and told aides he never wants to hear anyone mention the name Richard Nixon to him. W @kaitlancollins https://t.co/MRdNCKaYC4
— Kevin Liptak (@Kevinliptakcnn) January 15, 2021